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Freedom of Speech

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Freedom of Speech/Project 365-13: January 20, 2009

For today's image I decided to change the title in order to better express the idea behind this image, as well as discuss the happenings of today. A moment in history ladies and gentlemen. Our first African-American President of The United States, Barack Obama. I wasn't able to attend the inaguration, though I know some that did, but I was still able to bear witness to history and that makes me proud. This was the first year I voted, I voted for Obama, and I feel like I'm a part of a change. A small part, but a part no less.

I hope that this image expresses how I feel. I'm no longer keeping quiet, no one can make me. This is America, it is in the bill of rights that we have Freedom of Speech. So USE IT! Don't let anyone tell you to hush because they may disagree, don't keep your mouth shut if you feel you're wrong or alone in what you think. Use your speech, use your freedom, and even though things aren't going so well right now America is still a great country. We've got it good, you have to admit, so speak up and protect that!


Technical details:
I had this idea in mind for a long time, and today was the best day to actually do it. Originally I wanted to put a lock through my lip ring, but I couldn't find one small enough. The make-up is eye shadows mixed with chapstick, light is coming from a single flash held in my right arm. And yes the colors aren't in "order" but it's still the colors, so deal with it ;) And let's get really technical here, the flag actually has the blue square first (if you read from left to right like normally) so...really...it works great! (yes I'm trying to cover up the fact I didn't think about the fact I was doing this in a mirror, I'm not perfect! lol)
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mraaronmarkerHobbyist Traditional Artist
I am pleased.Thank you for being a motivated creative.
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DeathOfATragedyHobbyist Digital Artist
I appreciate your enthusiasm for your country, even though I am a Canadian and that I am not the biggest conservative/republican fan around... This artwork proves that freedom of speech is possible. The symbolism behind it is important to consider. :)
Yuugisgirl's avatar
Nice idea. I am an avid supporter of freedom of speech. I don't support Obama, but I think you have every right to and to say what you like about him. As Voltaire once said: "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

That's my favorite quote.^^

PS: L'ordre des couleurs est les mêmes comme le drapeau tricolore français, non? (;
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
Oh yes, I think it's a natural human right to say what you wish. I like Obama, but like you said, to each his/her own! That is a wonderful quote and one of my favorites as well :D

I think it is. Typically in the states it goes red>white>blue but I messed up XD Not that it really matters anyway, the colors are what matters!
Yuugisgirl's avatar
Yeah, having all the colors in the there is really the only thing that matters. Although, it you look at it from a historical standpoint, you could also say that it represents the French people during their revolution and under the rule of Napoleon Bonaparte. One of the main tenants of the French Revolution (besides the obvious "Life, Liberty and Fraternity" and ideals of popular sovereignty) was freedom of speech, mostly in that the people wanted to have the ability to speak out against the crown. The irony is that after the revolutionaries took over, every person who said anything remotely suspect (in other words "anti-revolutionary") was guillotined during the Reign of Terror. Also, when Napoleon took over, he guaranteed his people individual rights and then began censoring the press and had spies on the look-out for dissenters.

Not necessarily the intended message, but you could look at it that way, :) Isn't history funny? ^^
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
Wow well I'm glad that it applies to more than just Americans!! That's very good to know :D Thanks for the info :heart: :highfive:
Yuugisgirl's avatar
You're welcome. ^^
rin2291's avatar
this is nice
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
Thank you :)
purple-rx's avatar
nice concept! well done!:heart:
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
Thank you :)
sargeras's avatar
this is pretty tight, i dont think the order of the colors really matters does it? i think i'd like this more if there was something done with the framing. there's no separation between the two photos, which is weird cause they oppose each other.
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
I guess not but people usually do red first.

Yeah I tried keeping them with frames, but I never seem to like it as much. I dounno
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existentialdefiance Photographer
Great idea and execution
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
Thanks so much :D
Limetastic's avatar
LimetasticProfessional Photographer
:giggle: The colors are all there, order doesn't matter!! :highfive: I love this concept and I think you executed it beautifully! I love the cropping and composition and the images side by side send a bigger message than separate. :nod: Awesome! :D
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
See that's what I figured about the colors. And thanks so much, I'm glad you like it! :highfive:
StineJ's avatar
Very good consept. :) I love the idea!

I hope you don´t mind some costructive criticism. :)

I think you could have made more out of the lighting. The shadows are really harsh. A white sheet of paper/cardboard or a reflector on the opposite side of the flash would have lifted the shadows a bit and made the shadows less disturbing. Personally I also think you could have added a bit more contrast using either curves tool or levels (a small adjustment) to make the lips "pop out" to give it more impact.
BlackCarrionRose's avatar
BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
I agree with the pop on the lips, I didn't put them up as much. And I was going for the harsh light effect on purpose really. I feel like if I softened the light too much it wouldn't have had the same punch. But I see your point. I appreciate the feedback :D :handshake:
gryphons-aerie's avatar
i like this.. love the lipstick too.. great piece of visual work to display what we all too often take for granted
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
Thanks so much :D

And I agree, we need to use it more
gryphons-aerie's avatar
you are welcome

that we do.. let those in charge know when they are screwing up =D
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BlackCarrionRoseProfessional Photographer
:nod:
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