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Spirit thief by carlzon Spirit thief by carlzon
For DeviantART Show Yourself: Self Portrait Photo Contest [link]
Many people have heard that some indigenous people believe that having their picture taken will steal their spirit.

First prize and then DD...
Lots of thanks to for DD, i got realy happy when i saw it...
And thank you all DA friends for the nice comments and all favs!

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2006-04-03
Spirit thief by *carlzon was my personal favourite and the First Prize winner in the Show Yourself Photo Contest. ( Featured by scottb )
revgar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
he looks like one ;p
fantom125 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Dunno why but I simply love these pics!
FireRunner21 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
like the title.
1HappyBob Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
This is incredible! :D
ALEXANDREAGH Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
you have been featured here [link]
Manlarr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2007   Photographer
excellent portrait
nice camera too =)
KYAV Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2007  Professional Photographer
do you can tell me about "how you make this photo" in contest photo manipulation in photo redactor.

because I am in impressed by light and clearest of texture on top of your had
Swanee3 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Photographer
excellent job on this and awesome lighting..............:clap:

agroguy Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Just wanted to say, thank you for this awesome self portrait!
carlzon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2007
Thanx Gay!
PhilipMatthews Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2007
Reminds me of my dadīs old Exakta... great shot, colors and concept ;)
FuZZlRC Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006   Digital Artist
bah why talk? its just perfect..
wbcfor Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
a wonderful face.

..and I have always loved the idea that it steals your sends a slight chill through me.
XENDLESS Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2006
I've the even (?] camera ! nikon F3 no?
Blitz-01 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2006
wow. what an amazing picture. I love the tones in it. Very apropriate name aswell :P.

I love the blackness in the eye's it really adds to the "spirit theif" theam
MigleGolubickaite Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
I like not to see your eyes, some say that eyes is the mirror of your soul, so i think, that the person who was pictured or how to say... doesn't know who stole his soul :)
Silver-Comet Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
ha ha I have a teacher who bleieves that. Awesome photo, man. I fave it ^^
QueenieKai Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Wow! That's an amazing photo!

That camera is awesome. What year model is it? I don't know much about it antique cameras, but I recently saw an early model of a Kodak. That was awesome.
stepunk Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
beautiful! +fav!!
sagravani Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2006 deserving to win a prize and a dd!! :salute: it's amazing
vintage-cruiser Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
Babazull Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2006   Photographer
Very cool self portrait! Love that old Nikon rig!
Jokeuh Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2006
Fantastic selfportrait! It's beautiful and yet a bit sad... I think you caught the idea in your description very well by making the eyes invisible... :+fav:
J-i-m-p-a Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
Absolutely fantastic self portrait! The lighting is nothing short of amazing. The concept and composition is brilliant! You truly deserve all the credit you've got so far, Bernt! Your art is such a fantastic source of inspiration! :clap:

osakaokawa Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2006
that is a creepy old man...
abhimanyughoshal Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Professional Photographer
awesome work, the tones and lighting are just right. great job, and congrats!
kittonz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Such a mad shot. As soon as I saw the thumbnail I was like "That one has to have won." And you did. You certainly deserve it. Just looking at the photo makes me feel like my soul is being stolen. Get back from me, oh spawn of satan!!! *holds cross*
Plornt Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
OMG this s awesome!!!
unrefined Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Congratulations on the accolades, they're very well deserved. I love the shadows over your eyes and the way the camera seems like an integral part, rather than just a prop.
shadowblade6 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Considering that at the moment that I first saw this picture, I was on my mom's pager, which can view images and type on the internet, but its quite a hassle... Lots of scrolling! x_x;; I'd have to say that, once I actually got my fill of looking at the image, I've found it hard to pull myself away from it.. The eyes strike me deep into my soul in their cold embrace, the blue tinge of color has a very natural feel, as far as I'm concerned... This is an absolutely wonderful piece of art! Definitely worthy of my :+fav: and the DD.:nod::highfive:
:poke: love the moustache, by the way, I hope that I will have the fortune of becoming such a handsome man as you, in time.;)
MissusHow Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Student Artist
This is a beautiful picture.

I love the tone of it, and the camara (zomgwowiwantit) adds to the tone.

Your comment also made me smile.

Great picture. *faves*
slownsilent Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Student General Artist
awesome, i love the tones and look
sebash Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
wow is alive....wonderful shot!!!

Visit my gallery [link]
DVeditor Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the lighting and composition is awesome for a self-portrait - congrats on the well-deserved win!
Californicarlos Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Fantastic work, am I the only one to spot the symetrical parts to it??? they appear in random places it's very interesting! Wonderful Image, i love it
reallytalldude Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Student Photographer
Very nice picture, and my dad has the same camera, which makes me gape in the fact that you have such an old nikon. Great shot though ^_^
carlzon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Thank you!
I dont use my old Nikon these days, it's included in my camera collection.
reallytalldude Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Student Photographer
a camera collection eh? thats awesome ^_^ and also, i love the sig, its awesome.
Katrkoriza Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Take the red pill?

Take the blue pill?

I leave the choice up to you..


sorry, I felt like that quote when I saw the picture, it really is nice, and very cool looking.
JWCFirefox Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Great concept and use of shade and colour.
And it looks so creepy (No offence!) which works well to convey the idea.
Very nicely done, congrats on the dd and winning the contest.
Lina-kun Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
(laughs) Don't think that I'm insane, but for a second there I thought this was a photo of my Drawing professor, Alan . . . You really look like him . . . ^_^; Very wonderful self-portait, by the way.

LDFranklin Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006   Photographer
Gorgeous photo!!!! Congrats on the DD!
misscube Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Beautiful work here! Love the lighting. :+fav:
mindofka Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
:heart: :clap: Congratulations my dear friend!!!! :clap: :heart:

So well deserved, the first place and the DD! :hug:

:clap: :clap: :clap:
Freelance-57 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
I have no words to express this photo's beauty or how it really touches me...
kotsiak Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
BentKatana Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Dude, awesome job, it looks so badass! =D
VictorsBlushingBride Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
I love this, I need to show it to my sister, and she'll have a siezure from laughter!!
Cascianca Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006
Amazing. :)

And the comment on success is so true.

LinogeNL Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2006  Professional Photographer
OMG......this soooo rulez :| WTH

this is not just skills, your a master! WOW
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