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- some secret place - by mutsy - some secret place - by mutsy
i had an assignment for my collage class to do an assemblage, so i looked up the word just to clarify what i should be doing, and it's defined as a collection or gathering of objects or people.

this is both, in a way.

just about all of these objects are from garage/house/rummage sales... or resale in general. some of the objects are from my own personal history (like the old photos are all my family members, and the stuffed animals, etc...)

the idea was to create this secret place in the woods, which is something i've always wanted to have... but with this i wanted to make it seem like a memorial or some kind of collection of these objects i have that were once someone elses but are now mine. it's a combination of histories that are now part of my history. i wanted to isolate it to really see how these things... assemble, i guess.

and gosh, the weather was perfect that day for these shots. very cold though.

i'm not entirely sure how to categorize this piece. is it an installation? is it a photograph? teachers would tell me that this photo can't be purely documentation because it looks too nice.... but who says documentation can't look nice? i don't want to just post some crappy snapshot i took with a digital camera or something... i guess to me this is an installation that had a very short life. obviously i couldn't leave this in the woods, not only because it would get thrown out, but these objects are actually mine...

this took 6 hours from start to finish. that includes time it took me to find everything and pack it all to installing it and packing it up again. thank god i had help that day (thanks john, aka ~Zoomwafflez!)

also, i am aware of the dust on the photo. i didn't have time to clean it off but i honestly don't mind it.
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ssilvija Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
this made my day
amazing job :clap:
katiecorn Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
Oh god I want your chair.
This is very nice.
DEFiNE-SUBLiME Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Some days we all need a place to hide in the woods... This lovely.
shortlilnikki Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2008
i really like the overall composition and the distortion the lens gives. i would love to spend an afternoon sitting in that chair and reading a good book :)
AnnaSparrow Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Student
nice place! :aww:
no-thanks Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008
that's wonderful and makes me really happy.
notfree Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008
It seems to be taken out of a dream :clap:
Love it *
palahniukid Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Beautiful. I especially love the pictures on the tree.
Kaytifa Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
I normally don't enjoy photography, but this is wonderful!

Fantastic shot!
mutsy Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008
thanks :) shame you don't enjoy photography though! to each their own...
fishuu Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2007
this is gorgeous :) it reminds me of where i used to live as a child
aureli5433 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2007
You know, I use this this as a background all the time and I've never faved it... it's really beautiful and it feels loved in a way, like the person who put all these things in the woods put them there because they're that persons favorite, cherished, things.
antisora Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This seems to me like something out of a story, you know where you look in that direction and there's nothing there, then you look back a few moments later and there's the secret place and some benevolent forest spirit of some sort sitting in the chair knitting or something.

It's definately a beautiful peice. Tbh I'm having trouble describing what I think of it (in a positive sense of course:)). I'm gonna have to fave it. :)
mutsy Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2007
wow, i like that description you gave... a lot! thanks :)!
Dr0jan Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2007
Great, this kind of images makes me very happy, because I would wish to have something like this when I was a child ;_;
vintagebarbie Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
i want to live there.
mutsy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
me too :)
haileyissoftashell Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
this is magical. what kind of camera did you shoot this with?
mutsy Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
canon eos rebel 2000 with a wide angle lens, that actually doesn't fit it, so i have to hold it up to it.. haha..

thanks :)
pink-winged-angel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007
so playful and nostalgic.
evil-goma Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
This looks exactly like the kind of fort I would have loved to have as a kid. I feel so cozy just looking at it. I like the slight sepia tone (I don't know if that was added by the camera or just because a lot of the items are old, but it looks good)
nananonina Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2007
Very artistic, Good job on it.

Hope it gets good marks. =)
chofis13 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
oh man!! i loooove this! It's beautiful!! i love everything about it, from the colors, the symmetry, the content, the memories held in it, that nostalgic feeling, the nature-crossed-with-civiliztion theme, the fish-eye (?) lens, the order or everything; so much detail!

this is really great, kudos to you!!

p.s. have you seen Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or The Science of Sleep? Well, this reminds me of Michel Gondry's (director of both films) visions! and that's a compliment!
mutsy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
thanks a bunch! and oh man, i looove michel gondry! his work is amazing, so i'm really flattered that this reminds you of him! he's a big inspiration to me... i guess it shows :)

oh and i used a wide angle lens. i love that lens...
chofis13 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2007
It is truly a fitting compliment :aww:
findyQ Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2007
i would love to live there! ...exepet for the bugs...*shivers* i love the way the photo looks kind of old! :D
friendbeast Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
This has such a wonderful feeling to it. Very personal but at the same time universal. And I am stealing it for my desktop.
mutsy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
tehuti Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
It's indeed a nice concept to have a place for ourselves in the woods. Very intriguing idea and assignment. :)
lion-dance Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
It's perfect..
mutsy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2007
oh, you flatter me..

haha, thanks :)
lion-dance Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2007
No, I'm serious! I dont know why, but that's probably for the best!
nekophoenix Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007  Professional General Artist
Magical and stylish, like a home for a hippie child. Ahaha, I know, that sounds so daft, and might even sound like I'm putting down the work, but I swear to feck, I'm not, I really do like this!

The dust and the tone gives the idea of the 60's,or a mix of many decades rolled into one!
Zoomwafflez Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
i forgot to say, i like the effects that you got after shooting, they are subtle but they add a lot!
mutsy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
whoo, thanks! i liked the wide angle shots the best myep.
junkyardstrinket Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Student
meee tooo!
its so touching. sensitive. whats the word? primal? intimate? seductive? interesting?
i's and s's and t's ... its somewhere in there.

very beautiful. great work.
circini Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
i love the warm tone the picture has. all of the items are unique and interesting. i like how it keeps my eye wandering. :] anyhoo, great work! i'm sure you'll get a great grade.
SilverKhaos Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
This picture makes me sad for some reason. The collection of personal vintage-y things, the blurred edges and fallen leaves do that, I think. I feel like I'm intruding a memory.

Juniii3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
I love this picture :D
That reminds me of ... uhm ... well, I don't know what exactly...
but it does :aww:
fleshpeeler Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
So nostalgic... I remember having secret places like this when I was a child. It gets harder and harder to find secluded places in the woods as time goes on.
Heatheru Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
that is uber retro...'s so weird...yet i find it so cool... and that's such a neat twist on the idea of collecting rummage items that belong to other people--and making a memorial. great job!
lustgun92 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007   Photographer
i wish i had a place like this :+favlove:
Zoomwafflez Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
lol, no problem nikki! i just wish i had remembered that it was going to be muddy! I'm glad your project worked out, the wide angle lens added a really neat effect! i'd comment more but i've already talked to you about ti!
Hips-and-Heartbreaks Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
thats a beautiful picture. :P and the picture LOOKS like it's cold outside, do you know what i mean? how everything looks when its cold and you're outdoors...:] very nice
chunkbucket Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what a beautiful concept, i love how it's a personal space in the woods.. nice touch with the photo frames on the tree : D i wish i had such a secret place to go to ...

the distortion from the wide angle lens really gives the assembly a lot more focus :3 bravo!
BeatboxBandit Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
Very nice. I really love how the picture looks spherical, like a snowglobe minus the snow of course :D
mutsy Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
thanks! i used my wide angle lens for this shot. i love that lens.
narcoticdream Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007
wow, you carried all that stuff for this photo? awesome!! :D

really like the secret place idea, itīs exactly what it screams with all the objects looking so full of memories
KingSteveandcouncil Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Student Artist
I would dearly love to live in such a place. It's just so cozy but so giant at the same time. I love the idea.
confessjess Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love the feel of the image, from the collection and setup of the items to the color and old feel of the image.
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