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Last Refuge by alexiuss Last Refuge by alexiuss
~A secret place.

Lair of a homeless madman, cast away by society.
Inaccessible and barricaded room, hidden in the murky depths of the Toronto abandoned Brickwerks factory.
Discovered accidentally by passing through winding underground tunnel, collapsed partway and littered with metal shards.

Tormented by loneliness, he sought to find the purpose of life.
A scholar if you will, of the new age.
The floor of the room as you can see, is littered with thousands of books, magazines, newspapers that the hobo has gathered over many years, now covered with thick layer of dust.

Waves upon waves of discarded objects.

In the back- a collection of artifacts: tapes, shoes, clothes, folders and plastic bags filled with newspaper cutouts.

Many of the bags- filled up with countless, disorganized notes, covered with scribbles, highlighted, underlined, crisscrossed numbers, letters and names.

... welcome to his world of chaos.
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:iconkyubicully:
kyubicully Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
this is extremely interesting
is it true about the hobo?
maybe he was trying to find his purpose in life.
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:iconlukesimp18:
LukeSimp18 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Artist
Just Wow!, i really like it XDD
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:iconeliza-aacher:
Eliza-Aacher Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010
Great work- ghost man is very cool.
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:iconsilvertide:
Silvertide Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
It's so pretty and so ugly at the same time!
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:icon3r35t0r:
3r35t0r Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2009
so nice
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:iconsolartis:
Solartis Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
How long was Mr Ghost in the shot for? I saw it's only a 1/2 second exposure, so did he jump in at the last moment?
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:iconkatelijnvanmunster:
KatelijnVanMunster Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting. I like the person that's partly blurred out.
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:iconcosmicbound:
cosmicbound Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Quite wonderful, I enjoy these latest photographical shoots because, despite peoples concerns about aesthetics, it harmonises perfectly with the conceptual and symbolic intentions, and with recognising this intent, the context of the aesthetic fixes itself and aligns itself with the perceptual perspective. The inherent chaos of this piece, its brilliance, is like a demonstration of its genius, the genius in an entropic pattern of chaotic antithetical pattern making. The ghostly figure of the person, with their ephemereal sensibilities, is much like our own shadows. I applaud it thus.
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:iconestallo-en-impacto:
Estallo-en-Impacto Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
i havent seen something this amazing in a long time
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:icondead22:
Dead22 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009
I like this.
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:iconxxsaltandpepperxx:
xXSaltAndPepperXx Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
stunning. :)
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:iconmimical:
mimical Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
"suitart.com"? seems out of place a bit...
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
I guess I needs to blend it better.
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:iconyuukakumura:
yuukakumura Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
awesome.
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
cool long exposure. great setting too.
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:icondarthgummibear:
DarthGummiBear Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2009
Interesting concept. Very well executed, and nice touch adding your website to the wall :)
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:iconlirajie:
lirajie Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2009
this is so awesome i love your work!
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:iconangelgear:
Angelgear Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2009
awesome. i almost didn't notice the ghostly figure standing thar.
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:iconcorazondedios:
CorazondeDios Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2009
this is an awesome shot

tremendous
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:icontwistedxp:
TwistedXP Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
if the homeless guy isn't happy there i'll trade him places, =D
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:icontortura:
tortura Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this one. Great work!
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:iconoblivexx:
Oblivexx Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Nice jub. Took me awhile to find the Nameless one. Make some more I SPY pieces.
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:iconfrogeyedape:
frogeyedape Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
whoa
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:icondamiandrazhar:
DamianDrazhar Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
why didn't you let the place stand for its own
why is there a blurred shadow?
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
the shadow adds eeriness.
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:icondamiandrazhar:
DamianDrazhar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
well
I don't think so
but thats just me :)
great shot btw
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:iconmashadowca:
MAShadowCA Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
's this a photo? if so It's good... specially the ghost.
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:icondisney-may:
Disney-May Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderful!!
Did you make that story up??
Is there a man-form on the left?
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:iconwerevampire8:
werevampire8 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Writer
All of your locations are always so beautiful. Where do you find these places?
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:icongorgorito:
Gorgorito Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
did you edited the picture? I mean, there are always some editing in order to contrast colors, but I'm sensing too much brightness on some spots causing me the chaos you're looking to provoque.
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:iconunderproseductor:
underproseductor Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
There are many secrets in urban areas like this...
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:iconpiggah:
piggah Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Photographer
This is extraordinary. :)
I get it too. :D
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:iconpsycho-pigeon:
psycho-pigeon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I see a ghostly figure. I had a dream that looked exactly like this. Thanks for stirring that one up again. :)
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GarnetSword Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa! Where did you find that place? It's hard to believe a place like that can exist. If only we made proper use of the space we had, it's kind of sad.

How did you get the ghostly figure in there? Was it a shutter speed adjustment or a computer manipulation after the fact?
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
slow shutter speed and a moving person
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:icongarnetsword:
GarnetSword Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
*nods* That's what I thought it was but sometimes you can never really tell. You did an excellent job of making sure the image wasn't over exposed.
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
it's triple exposure HDR- one for shadows, one for medium and one for highlights
:D
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:icongarnetsword:
GarnetSword Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Okay, I see now.
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:iconworldofillusion:
WorldOfIllusion Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I do like the writing on the wall...
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:iconlilac-hime:
Lilac-Hime Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture is amazing. The outward chaos seems to distract the viewer away from what they could really be seeing in this picture. Amid the destruction littering the ground is the ominous ghost-like apparition of a man, that never quiet seems to get into focus no matter how long you stare. It makes me feel like I'm being sucked into the very same madness I see in your photo...

Outstanding~
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:icongrim-puppet-demon:
grim-puppet-demon Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
what was ever the first refuge?
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:iconbralow:
bralow Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
what is suitart.com
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:iconalexiuss:
alexiuss Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
my website
and that's svitart.com
I should make the V clearer, I guess.
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:iconffgirl7:
FFgirl7 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Great photo!! So.... the blurry guy in the back... that was intentional, right? There really is a man there and not my eyes laughing at me? o_o
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:iconbltsalade:
BLTsalade Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
cool
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:iconoracle-of-nonsense:
oracle-of-nonsense Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Student Writer
This was a really amazing photograph. I would love to have discovered it and read all the notes. Maybe it's just my eyes playing tricks, but is there a blurry outline of a person standing in the left side of the picture?
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:iconcerino:
Cerino Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
I saw that too...., but I dont want the answer. It's an awesome mistery, huh.
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:icondeltawing457:
deltawing457 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
its intentionally there.
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:iconcerino:
Cerino Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
nice touch
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:icondeltawing457:
deltawing457 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
indeed.
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