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Occlumency Photomanip by redwattlebird Occlumency Photomanip by redwattlebird
My first ever photomanipulation, hope you like. But don't give my camera too much of the credit... darn thing wouldn't focus properly until the sun had like, set. So I reduced the initial blurriness by painting over. (original and not very sharp photo here: [link])

Woo! It's a visual metaphor... a keyhole within an eye :D

So if you don't know, Occlumency is a Harry Potter term for an obscure branch of magic that's supposed to protect your mind from external penetration (legilimency). The name comes from Latin words "occulo" (hide) and "mens" (thoughts). A person who can perform Occlumency (called an Occlumens) is then able to lie without being detected. To perform Occlumency you need to shut down thoughts shelve emotions... which Harry so totally PHAILED at.

(...when I read Snape reprimanding Harry for being such a failure at Occlumency, it's almost like he's calling Harry an emo. Which Harry so totally was in the fifth book. But it's so deliciously ironic to have Snape call someone ELSE an emo. Excuse me? But who's the guy who dresses in black, black, and black, relieved with festive splashes of black, who never in 20 years got over the fact that James Potter bullied you in high school, and who feels compelled to perpetually punish the orphaned son who looks like him, and who's the guy who lines his classroom walls with glass jars of slimy bits of things or else gruesome pictures etc. and etc. etc.? Yes that's right. YOU SNAPE.)

Full view for detail. I don't know why I put fish in there... but they're cool and they remind me of calming stuff... and the connection to water, glass, and so on.

All stock photos were taken in China except for the one of the eye itself. The "undecipherable" writing one the bricks is Chinese graffiti from - yes, you guessed it - or maybe you didn't - THE wall of China. And the image/reflection floating on the iris is of Mt. Tai, or at least of some of the mountain ranges near there and a tree. It probably isn't a very good photomanip by other peoples' standards but it's a start... me first photomanip makes me proud.
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XxPlasticBarbiiexX Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010
This was your first ever manipulation?! :|
It
is
amazing.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thanks ^^;
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Alkonost Featured By Owner May 21, 2007
That's great! I love all the little symbols and the blending and colours are great. Everything flows perfectly and the fish work great, dunno why =D Nice iris, too. I'm not a fan of text mixed with an image, but that's just me (and the font is lovely anyway). You should do something more than fanart, really, the way you think up symbols is great :) (Not that I don't love HP, but...:D)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Yeah, the iris was fun. I would do more non-fanart, but the Harry Potter series had offered so much different subject matter that, obsessed as I am, I found it erm, too fun to resist. And if there's a story behind the picture, it's a lot easier trying to think up symbols :D Every so often a friend requests non-HP stuff though. Or I take a break ;)
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Alkonost Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
That's good :nod: I understand what you mean about symbols, but I think it would be just as nice to start from an idea rather than a story. For example if this piece didn't have 'occlumency' written all over it, I would have thought it a very nice, meaningful abstract piece. (It's still a very nice and meaningful fanart though :D)
Anyway, keep up the good work no matter what you choose to do :)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 26, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I wasn't being all that serious when I was doing this piece, it was only meant to be a 30min piece of fanart that I got really carried away with, and a first stab at photomanipulation. I'll keep all this in mind for later and better pieces, though :) And I get what you mean about fanart being a bit superficial...
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Alkonost Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
No, it's not superficial, it's just that the starting point is something else than your thoughts/ideas, but it's often more fun to do than more serious stuff :) It's nice that you started with good ol' Snape and got carried away, cause this is really beautiful. I didn't mean to persuade you or anything- do just what you like, else you'll lose the fun. Sorry if I seemed insistent :paranoid:
And I never knew occulo meant 'hide', interesting. You're right about Snape being an emo, too :D
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, it's OK, you're not being too insistent or anything :)
That's why I love studying Latin so much. Ya get all this random knowledge of word derivations and stuff :D

(But every so often we come across a word that means something completely different to what it looks... "possum" which means "I can". "Superat" sounds like some rodent superhero but it just meant "he/she/it overcomes", and other wierd ones like "molestus" that have almost completely innocent meanings...)
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Alkonost Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
Hehe, I'm studying Latin too, but I hate it :D it's just the way we're supposed to learn it, not itself..but anyway. What you're saying is funny because I'm Romanian and Romanian is a Latin language, so the word "possum" is quite close to our word for 'I can', and guessing works very well (until the syntax kills me, of course). :giggle: It's interesting when you think about many words that come from it - even English has some I think - but unfortunately here they place the emphasis on grammar rather than interesting stuff..:shrug:
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, I'm not sure what texts you use, but in my school, we study it from a series of textbooks called the Cambridge Latin Course, and they're great; we go at an all right sort of pace, and the stories are really quite interesting. But the plotlines are pretty morbid, when you think about it. The first book ends oh so happily with the eruption of Vesuvius. Nearly half the characters we ever meet in the series, even after the volcano event, seem to end up dead in one way or another.
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imogenweasley Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... such a cool photomanip! =D
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Ginz! ^^
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Quarter-Virus Featured By Owner May 13, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Well considering that I can't manip for my life that's spankin' good! And I like the deep and meaningful metaphores and stuff. And all that you pointed out about Snape, haha. I don't read the HP books, so I was interesting, haha
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 18, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Lol. I've seen quite a lot of "character summaries" in this sort of rant form... great that you can laugh even if you don't know much about the actual character :D
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Black-Pteri Featured By Owner May 12, 2007
lol. Chinese graffiti. Anyway, this is really cool ^^
It took me a while to make out the mountain, but that's just my screwed vision.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner May 12, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :D Lol, the graffiti, in this context, looks like anceint magic runes or something, but all it says are stuff like, "xiao-nan wuz here" and I think I can see the name of the city of ShangHai there too.
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