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«The folly of leadership is knowing that, no matter what you do, behind your back there are hundreds, certain that their own solution is the sounder one, and that your decision was the by-product of a whimsical dart toss. I pronounce the blast sentence, and I soak the critical fallout; I make the decisions no one else will. Leadership: I wear the Albatross, and a bulls-eye»
Sebastian Lacroix, V:tM Bloodlines



It's been about a week with these words constantly swirling in my mind. They deserved to be represented.
Quite funny (or maybe not?) that I have, once again, taken the idea from a World of Darkness topic to transpose it in an Universal truth.

The Ventrue clan, the stereotypes of the leaders, tends to conceive a sort of 'doomed' concept of leadership, they feel, they are the only ones able to bare. The quotation is rather auto-explaining, I have nothing else to add.

Except of: The Albatross
You might know that it means, so I speak to those who don't.

«At length did cross an Albatross,
Thorough the fog it came ;
As if it had been a Christian soul,
We hailed it in God's name.

[...]
And a good south wind sprung up behind ;
The Albatross did follow,
And every day, for food or play,
Came to the mariner's hollo !
In mist or cloud, on mast or shroud,
It perched for vespers nine ;

[...]
--With my cross-bow
I shot the ALBATROSS

[...]
And I had done an hellish thing,
And it would work 'em woe :
For all averred, I had killed the bird
That made the breeze to blow.
Ah wretch ! said they, the bird to slay,
That made the breeze to blow!

[...]
Ah! well a-day! what evil looks
Had I from old and young!
Instead of the cross, the Albatross
About my neck was hung
»
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime and the Ancient Mariner
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In the poem, the ship is lost between the ices and the fog of the South Pole, when an Albatross appears and leads the mariners on the right way out. The narrator, then, kills the bird, and, though when the fog fades the whole crew justifies this crime ('Twas right, said they, such birds to slay / That bring the fog and mist ), the Albatross' death is avanged by the spirits of the sea, which breed sufference and death over the crew. So, the Alabtross is hung on the Mariner's neck, like a cross.
So everyone knows who is to blame.

This quotation is so fine.
I depicted the woman on a stage, under a spotlight (the leader is always in sight, and every single move can be seen by every one), with a target on her (the bull's-eye, because is so easy to attack who makes the decisions), with an Albatross, and a cross (Instead of the cross, the Albatross / About my neck was hung).
The cross is a vampiric Ankh, and the "I" in "Leadership" is the symbol of the Ventrue clan.


Wall & floor: [link] by ~enchanted-stock; [link] by *MadameM-stock
Curtains & Spotlight: [link] by ~LunaNYXstock
Woman: [link] by *mjranum-stock
Albatross: [link] [link] by ~Taynomi-stock (I was so happy when I found it **)
Crux Ansata: [link] by ~Peristrophe (that is my own brushes!)
Necklace: [link] by ~saturnstock
Target/Bull's-eye: [link] by ~AsylumActas

Thanks too much to ~MarikLunastorta for his precious help *_*


Nota bene: The Albatross in Coleridge's peom is dead; here is not dead (instead, his eye is open and lively), just because I love animals so much, and as in my stock I don't grant permission to represent violence against animals, here I did not.
I was so sad for him when he died in the poem..
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Mind blowingly beautiful... only to be ruined by the word "MINDFUCKING" at the bottom. XDXDXDXD
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Awesome!
The colours, the pose... wow! Amazing :heart:
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Thank you >****< :rose:
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very nice composition... although light is maybe too sharp, curains bit transparent, but these are just little things... but i like final effect!

thanks for notice
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Oh thank you ^__^
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