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The Chocolate Princess
My 4 year old daughter Emilie is fond of chocolate. She really does love it. When she asked me for a portrait, it didn't take long to imagine this little scenery.

Let me tell you that she was delighted with the shooting session! My wife prepared a jar of some hot, creamy chocolate... it was not too difficult for Emilie to pose and laugh as required ;-) We quickly had several good candidates for the main photo, and had great fun reviewing them. From there, I photographed various chocolate candies and used them as parts to construct the castle on the computer. And here is my little chocolate princess!

Thanks for watching, much appreciated. As usual, all my photos, no stock.
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Litterae
Writing is probably one of the most incredible tool human beings ever came up with. While many of them are definitely handy, not all are complete game changers. After all, asynchronous communication allows sharing knowledge through time and space: nothing a Swiss army knife can compete with. Writings don't care about delay, borders, nor even death. How cool.

Have you ever tried communicating with an older version of yourself? Just to see if anything interesting could arise? Well, just get your hands on some text you once wrote. Yes, it can be old school work, ten years ago e-mails, old fashioned post card, anything. With luck, you could learn something in the process, and write about it... without it, you'd be probably in for smiles and fun. Worth the risk!

Thanks for watching my stuff. As usual, my photos only, no stock.
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Holy Grail found on Mars!
Did you know that the Lady of the Lake actually hated water? She was so despaired with it that one day, she visited Merlin, and asked for help. Together, they constructed the biggest catapult ever, able to project men at Earth escape velocity (about 25.000 mph - yes, the Lady of the Lake was fond of fundamental physics). Promptly, they both used it to reach Mars, which offered some of the nicest beaches of the milky way. Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, sick with all the rust on their armors, also joined the party on the red planet. Problem is, Mars offers no wood: impossible to build another giant catapult to come back! Fortunately, Elon Musk, in an attempt to obtain eternal life through the Grail, is currently riding his space car to get there. Chances are for the Lady of the Lake to get a ride back. Unless the car battery runs out, of course.

[No stock, everything photographed and edited by me]
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Memories
Everything photographed and edited by me, no stock.

We all have to live with losses in mind. It often hurts. Still, I would say it is important to cherish your memories. Compared to photos or videos, they can be inacurrate, partial, blurry, fading with time... yet they are yours. Nothing can replace them. When you close your eyes, and imagine those moments, you can live them again. And again. Sorry for the cheesiness, it is just one of these nostalgia days.
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Spamalot
Everything photographed and edited by my, no stock.

Yannick, a friend of mine, is a hobbyist actor. He is working hard in a theatre troupe called "Singing on the Roof". Despite them being all French people, they love to play in English, mostly Broadway-style musicals. This year, they are going to present "Spamalot", the famous "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" inspired musical comedy. I was more than happy to help them with the poster.

First, my wife and I designed the main concept. We wanted to show some humor, the Grail had of course to be there, and the main characters had to be displayed in a clear way. Moreover, some negative space had to be left around them, for the various texts and stuff that had to be added as well. After a few different tries, we validated a project, and they all came to my place, for a photo shooting session! Needless to say, it was great fun: I had a blast asking them to fool around in their costumes ;-)

The show will happen in Paris, end of June. All the details and credits can be found on their website. You can see the fully finalized version of the poster there too (including the copyrighted Monty Python text that I didn't include here for legal reasons).

Cheers!
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Pride

I AM PROUD

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Christophe Kiciak
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
France
I am a self-taught hobbyist, who simply enjoys creating unusual images. My work never contain anything but my own photos, combined into surreal, conceptual, or fantasy oriented pictures. My beloved wife Marianne is helping me, especially on the artistic side of the creations (sets construction, image composition, color choices, overall feeling).

I am convinced that a great deal of what “Art” is lies in doing things differently. In visual arts, looking at things from another angle, modifying the lighting, adjusting an expression, or changing an attitude can bring life to an otherwise dull work. However, seeking difference simply for the sake of it is probably not a good way to obtain the best results. This is where “Creativity” steps in. I would personally define it as the ability to use difference as a tool to bring interest. Therefore, being creative is very important to me. Of course, I often fail at it, but I believe that pursuing that goal is the path I should follow.

Creating a new image is a whole process to me. Some photographers are able to instinctively recognize a worthy situation, find the best angle, and shoot it, all in a matter of seconds: this is a talent I don’t have. However, what I can do is imagine concepts, draw several rough sketches to see how they could be efficiently translated into pictures, determine all the various photos I am going to need, hunt patiently for them, plan additional shooting sessions, and assemble everything on the computer. As a result, my images are like personal statements, a bit like a novel for a writer. Everyone is free to like or dislike them, to agree with my point of view or not, but fact is there is no cheating in them: my images are the direct reflection of my thoughts, the traces of my existence.

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BarryD-Alive Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018  Professional General Artist
Your work is amazing! ESPECIALLY because you do not use stock!! I look forward to more thoroughly check out your gallery this weekend, can't wait! 
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Loulin Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Stumbled upon your gallery by chance, which was lucky I suppose. I had great long while admiring your manipulations. So well made all of them. And so many interesting, thougtful and above all funny pieces.  I particularly liked "Close encounters of a swimming kind", the halloween raft, "Anti-propagantda propaganda" and "Darth Sushi". I also thought "Liberté d'Expression" was particularly well made.
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gyaban Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot Louise, very kind of you. I wish I had your drawing skills though :) But well, a camera and a computer are handy in such case I suppose. Thanks again for your comment!
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Loulin Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A computer and a camera are very handy tools indeed. (My manipulation skills are pretty low so you're one up on me with that)
Thanks for the kind words in return. :)
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annewipf Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018
Happy birthday! :hug:
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GuardianMajor Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Professional General Artist
:party: Happy Birthday!
Bon anniversaire! :hug:
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Dieffi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
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                       Birthday clown by KmyGraphic 

  Love The Birthday!!! by LOVEMAYU                       (((Happy Birthday 2U!!))) by LOVEMAYU            

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Cinnamoncandy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy Birthday!
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sk2mars Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
words cant express the feelings i get while looking at your pieces.
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SummerDreams-Art Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+devwatch: Christophe, it is kindly appreciated and you have a wonderful gallery.:gallery::heart:
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