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Every woman's nightmare... hair dryer in reverse mode :squee:

OK, this was almost an improvised photo while Alizée was
getting ready for our shooting but I spent a bit of time to
edit it and boost every detail of it.

If you wish, you can view some preparatory and some
backstage pictures at this link.

I took this photo in the frame of the "Tour De France Photo"

Model: Alizée Poulicek
Hair Styling: Alain Spaens by Joseph
Master Makeup Artist: Avital Assayag
Fashion Design: Alizée Poulicek
Photography (+ editing): Ben Heine
Location: The Dominican Hotel

For more information about my artwork:

Other photos I took the same day:

In A Rainbow City by BenHeine The Vintage Box by BenHeine

Phone Call by BenHeine Alizee Poulicek by BenHeine
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Today's your birthday, so I'll be writing a critique for this.

Vision: Although this scene is shocking, I could tell that it looks pretty nice. The lady holding a hair dryer, this action does speak for itself. It's like this thing had a mind of its own, no offense. The background is very pristine, I promise that.
Originality and technique. You still possess a very fine skill in photography. The model does great with the acting, of course. The background and props are well-arranged.
Impact: I may be shocked at this one, but still I'm very much impressed. I love it.

Happy birthday, Mr. Heine!
Rick Robin P. Cagnaan
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
15 out of 17 deviants thought this was fair.

This is a fascinating piece indeed, and I love the motivation behind the idea and the way that you represented it. The expression in her hands are beautiful, particularly the fist, and admittedly I find the bit of her gripping the blowdryer cord quite enhancing to the picture in general, even moreso than the expression, truthfully! She is pulling the cord out from the audience with the stress and tension that she is clearly under, and I see it as being quite successful in stirring emotion, whether the viewer may notice it consciously or implicitly. Playing with visual perspective, like what you have shown here, is something I have always considered quite successful in both photography and illustration trying to express a message, and you definitely hit the mark.

Overall, it is quite clearly a heavy conceptual work of art; most of your work is, after all, and I have always loved it that way, but the dilemma stands solid: Are you pitching a photograph, or a painting? There's a point where over-processing can undoubtedly change the medium of a picture, and it's been pushed to the limit on this piece, here.
Her hands look real, her shirt looks real, but much of her surrounding character does not, and her head, above anything, looks far from convincing in regards to a realistic portrayal. Both her expression and the highlights around her body are exceptionally successful to the piece in a cartoon-esque fashion, but not to the advantage of a real photograph. You can see it more than anything in the excessive shine of the blowdryer, the lack of texture in her skin and the lack of wrinkles in her face and neck, particularly around the mouth and along the cheeks; it overall just looks too perfect, and she gives off the impression of a doll, because of it.

Now I see the advantages to this, and I see the disadvantages, depending. If you were indeed intending to express more of a cartoon-esque notion to begin with, you have succeeded quite a bit, and I commend you for that! I would only recommend then that you work on toning down the segments of her body that look too real to be a cartoon, that way everything looks evenly distributed and not so patchy between the two worlds of different perspective.
If a photograph then is more of what you are going for, then yes, work to make your subject look stunning as ever, but don't forget that wrinkles and texture are normal, add conflict and personality to an individual's expression and character, and keeping a subject looking real is more important than making them "perfect"; people aren't perfect! Adding more wrinkles and creases in her skin, varying from her arms to her face, will actually add significantly to the emotional value of the piece, and I would highly recommend pulling out as much of that absolute terror as you possibly can manage! As stated previously, the emotion in her lower right fist gripping the cord is overwhelming, it's beautiful, and easily the strongest piece of the photograph. Now let's mirror that tense grip to the other hand holding the blowdryer; she needs to be squeezing the daylights out of that machine that's pulling on her head!! Add a little tension and tone to her arms, a little strain to her neck, and put the definition of horror into the natural creases and textures missing from her face!! Let's feel that tension between the blowdryer and the woman pulling away from each other, first hand!! Fully communicate to your viewer what it is this woman is going through, and make them feel it too.
It's moving in a fabulous direction, now let's pull on it even more!!

In conclusion, this work of art was fabulously portrayed, and the expression at hand has easily been shared without effort to each and every viewer that has come across it thus far. It's a bit patchy between the world of photography and the world of digital manipulation, but only work to improve for the better! This piece is still undoubtedly gorgeous. You have potential with the styles you are using, and if you do more emotional pieces like these in the near future, I undoubtedly see a quick improvement with this direction soon enough! I promote emotionality in your future work, and will be looking forward to any similarly themed pieces in the future!

You have a beautiful imagination for conceptual work, and great ideas to express them with! Keep at it, Ben.

Sincerely, a long-time appreciator of your work,
~ Miss Cat
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skull-king Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
This is a photo?! It's so damn surreal looking! Fantastic!
b13visuals Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dragonmaster35 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
I cannot tell if this picture is a painting or a photgraph, either way, good work Ben.
wkdlady Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Superb , I love the expression on her face ..brilliant ;-)
sumarlegur Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Way, way too much post-processing.
TheBobblehead Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Artist
I love it
CindysArt Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
haha I love this! Wonderful done! :clap:
gimpZora Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
hihihi.....really nice idea :D
Stookam Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Did you draw the head or is that a photograph? I honestly can't tell...
RayZerno Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
agree... its so odd
yogika Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
wrong button!!!
KristinEllinson Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ironically...this has happened to me a few times...on the other end though!
chatwithstar Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting... lol ;D
cleverdarkelve Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012   Photographer
hahaha! Love it!
SnappingSausage Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, her face looks very unreal.. ;o
Great shot though! :D
PullItApart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Her face looks like a drawing to me o_o
ProfZamn Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha awesome :-P
BabyBlunt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
more like 'oh shit!'
SasquatchManPower Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me of Goosebumps books XD
roylapost Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
D**N That sucks.
PutYourBraveFaceOn Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yay! I’m very glad to announce you that your artwork has been chosen to be amongst the best deviations :iconwinner-plz: submitted to our :iconforeverartgroup: in the month of May 2012. You can check it out here: Featured & here: Hall Of Fame ( 25 - May 2012 ) . :clap: P.S. Please, don’t forget to show us some love :heart: by :+fav:ing the Blog. :thanks: If you had seen this Blog faster than we got to announce it to you, even better! :thumbsup:
turnip-and-spirit Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh god I feel so sorry for this woman
Hadriel45 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
essie23 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
looks amazing, it looks like a painting while it's a photograph and I'm pretty sure it'd look like a photograph if it was a painting
OrionCheetah Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I like your style. Its really cool to have such realistic image. It looks like painting though its a photograph. I wonder how you guys did the magic in the editing. I'd like to try it sometime.
SXTZ Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
True Story! :-D
MysticalFairy1125 Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
How softwhere do you use to creat these AWSOME pictures!!!??
MaddLouise Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:wave: I featured this piece in my journal here: [link] I hope you don't mind! :lol:
Sam-Way Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Dimples1993 Featured By Owner May 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually happened to me once and my face looked exactly like that
La-gato-negro Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
THAT is by far one of my worst nightmare that i hope i will never experience....i'm terrified of blow driers....
enorie Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Does this happen to people, at all? XD So this is what I'm missing by not using a hair dryer.
chekspir Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
This one shoudnt be on photomanipultaion????
Ashwaq-5 Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
every thing is amazing <3 WOW
VPascoalinho Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
wow... you've just captured the fear that every woman has when using a hairdryer xD
zexxx13 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
... I love this one ... interesting show events ... :)
Annases13 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
puffindogg Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, I love it!
Linstock Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I like the humor of this. Anyone can instantly relate! The angle of the shot really works to emphasize the action. I like the curve in the layout, up the cord, over the model up to the dryer. Overall very effective and memorable.
GothUnicornChick Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The makeup is done so perfectly, the photo looks almost surreal. :iconmesmerizedplz:
ccontyanya Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ouchy! that would really hurt. and yet, it's funny XD
aprilclash Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ouch looks painful :XD:
trippinxtremezebra Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
ugh. dont you hate when that happens?
okissop Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Selimeia Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Nightmare.... Veeeery true. :D
Great concept, as long as it doesn't turn out to be real....
FOTOSHOPIC Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
Oh my! Nice concept.
M44X Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so funny ! :D
i realy like it ;)
Ptollemy Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Outstanding! :clap:
KuddaRugg Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
Another Stunning Photo from a stellar artist.
EWeirmeir Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this! So dramatic, and totally ture :) I had my sister burn a chunk of my hair with a blowdryer before.
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