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Lifted - UGANDA by kevissimo Lifted - UGANDA by kevissimo
and these are our hands

hands that have helped give birth
hands that have taken life

we are these things
and sometimes it is all we have to offer
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:iconvpoffantasyland:
VPofFantasyland Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012
I'm going to Uganda for a project :)
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ifzombiesattack Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
This is so touching to see, the praying hands. The almost "grainy" touch you added along with the color tone made it take more of an impact, as well. This is truly fantastic work.
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:icondorothei:
dorothei Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
:heart:

I featured two of your photographs from Uganda in my journal... one as an epilogue... hope you will like it [link]
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kajnova Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2007
very impressive work, I love the concept =)
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:iconinevergiveup:
Inevergiveup Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2007
Great pic! :+favlove:
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:iconfiksteufel:
Fiksteufel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007   Photographer
This image has been featured here: [link] and in my journal please visit and give it a heart to make more people see it :)
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
And how very surreal for me....I just woke up from a dream of being back in Africa. I have been flooded with her smells of smoke and red earth all morning. How perfect is this....
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:iconfiksteufel:
Fiksteufel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007   Photographer
Oh how strange and completely beautiful :love:
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:iconchiya:
chiya Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2004
:heart:

we are what we do..
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:icongremtheanga:
gremtheanga Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2004
Great work!
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:iconcaltha:
caltha Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004   Photographer
very interesting, love the contrast between the hands in the foreground and the diffuse silhouette hands in the background, but again I'd like to know something about the technique used
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks again (for this and for all of your wonderful comments) This one was really like trying to catch butterflies...

The technique is actually pretty simple (sometimes) Essentially the work is done on the print itself with oil mediums (and often other media like pastels and graphite) It's unpredictable and I never really know where it's going to go. I'd say most of the work is going into preparation. Not so much with this piece, but with the others it's sort of like setting the stage for a performance: Montaging photo elements together, undertexturing, etc...then once the oil portion happens, it has to be relatively quick due to drying. So, there's no digital work done on these other than taking out some dust, specular highlights and adjusting some levels to make it look more accurate on a monitor.

Thanks again for taking the time to share all of your thoughts. Look forward to talking with you more....
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ContraFool Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2004
yes, hands are indeed a very important part of who we are.
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:icondisate:
Disate Featured By Owner May 27, 2004
This photo relays meaning to me on many levels. It is exceptional! Great work
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cybersaan Featured By Owner May 25, 2004
by giving these two statements :

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hands that have helped give birth
hands that have taken life

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downgrades the importance of hands no ? There are a lot of other important aspects like emotion, world doesn't end on life and death through hands....

i dunno if u understand what i am trying to say, but great job on the art piece
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner May 26, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
well....it's a metaphor....
thank you though....
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:iconschimpansen:
SCHIMPANSEN Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
goooood
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 21, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
wow. you have an incredible talent for going straight to the heart with your imagery.

Well done.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner May 21, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you again my friend....
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:iconcogwurx:
cogwurx Featured By Owner May 21, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
you are welcome my friend!
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:iconpickney:
pickney Featured By Owner May 21, 2004  Student
the atmosphere amd emotion it evokes is simply sublime
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shatterdrose Featured By Owner May 21, 2004   Photographer
What really says a lot in this piece is the form of his hands, the way he's relaxed, and not tensed. He's waiting and hoping, not trying to bring things down. Even though his hands don't show that he's trying to build or help, you can see the corseness of his hand and see that he has known work and that he's praying for the strength to carry on in his work.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner May 21, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Can't thank you enough for seeing that....and for taking the time to share those thoughts....

yes, thank you again....
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shatterdrose Featured By Owner May 21, 2004   Photographer
What else are we here for except to be Influenced by other peoples art?
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:iconsoul-lozenge:
soul-lozenge Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
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:iconblizzardbeff:
blizzardbeff Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
Kinda speechless...just wanted to express my very real approval and enjoyment of this. Well done, expressing a sentiment that is so human , so all-encompassing...
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner May 21, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you so much for seeing that....and saying that...
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:iconvcrimson:
vcrimson Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
beautiful piece....it almost looks like it's printed onto brushed metal....really nice effect!
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:iconblacks:
blacks Featured By Owner May 21, 2004
this is very expessive in many ways....the shadows have so much mass in them,,,..another original mr.kev


blx :
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:iconjsmonzani:
jsmonzani Featured By Owner May 20, 2004  Professional Photographer
:clap:
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:iconlostonos:
lostonos Featured By Owner May 20, 2004   Photographer
wonderful work. it's great
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darkphoenixember Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
You know, to me, the blurriness of the work makes it looks like it's a memory or something, something that needs to be remembered or revived. And that hand in the corner, reaching up, hands slightly spread is like it still has hope. Great photo, it has such great themes in it. Oh darn, I'm starting to sound like my English teacher. ;)
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webnesto Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
I like this a lot. I think that getting away from figures for a bit (even if just a brief break) will be a good change of pace for you. If nothing else it will let you hit the figures with fresh perspective.

And the emotional feel you've managed to evoke with this is awesome.
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fidget Featured By Owner May 20, 2004   Photographer
I don't know what to say this time Kevin...


plus fave.
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nicodeema Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
the blurred figures in the background are beautiful, and I love the focus too...

the scratches make it feel as though the viewer is looking at the scene through a screen or something..just kind of detached, it makes me wonder what everyone is raising their hands about..
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:iconheadliner:
headliner Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
wow kev, so beautiful! i enjoy your art so much.
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:iconredness:
redness Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
gorgeous shot. love the message.
this photo reminds me alot of the photos a friend of mine took while he was in tanzania.. its such a different outlook on everything in africa. makes you put alot of things into perspecitive.
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:iconbitterness:
bitterness Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
the depth and rythm is amazing :D
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:iconbiesty:
biesty Featured By Owner May 20, 2004   Writer
powerful.
i love the concept. colors and angle.
nice job
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jostedalsbreen Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
impressive and great concept, bravo.
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:iconkevissimo:
kevissimo Featured By Owner May 20, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you....and I had very little to do with it other than getting the shot....
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:icondieguito:
Dieguito Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
*they say so much*
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:icondieguito:
Dieguito Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
i love hand's, they so much, is this picture is taken in uganda?, it show's me people saluting a higher power, mybe their leader, are they asking for hope, a huge gathering of some sort, that tend's to happen in africa alot, i've seen hand's like these before,great one kev. :+fav:
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kevissimo Featured By Owner May 20, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much....yes, that was in Uganda. A small village named Hoima. They were all praying. About 3,000 people. It was an incredible day. yes...asking for hope, demonstrating hope, all of it.... 3,000 people 3,000 stories. More of this series coming....
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Dieguito Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
a gathering of africans, theres nothing else like it, it's unpredictable, energetic and insanely loud...always some dude shouting his head of...mybe his beliefs or his problems, he will let everyone know his situation, k let me shut up.
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Dieguito Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
great.
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:iconselenita:
Selenita Featured By Owner May 20, 2004
A Great homage to construction and destruction....it's on our hands
As ever, an emotive job.
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