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Submitted on
October 29, 2012
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/100 second
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Mar 3, 2012, 3:08:05 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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James by BenHeine James by BenHeine | Facebook | Twitter | Ben Heine

NEW: Prints of the above photo now available!

James is a hairdresser near where I live in Saint Josse, Brussels.
If you wish, you can view a detail and other pics here.

In my opinion, the most moving part of this picture is definitely
the worn-out floor around the chair because it shows the exact
spot where James has been walking in circle since many years.

PS: I rotated the photo horizontally after editing it so that the
words "James Coiffure" can be easily read.

For more information about my artwork:

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We are here at the boundary between photography and drawing. I still have a hard time believing this is a picture and not made with a pencil. Ben Heine succeeds once again (I realized that his picture "Octet" was not a drawing as well) at post-processing the picture in such a way that we cannot tell the difference. As such, this already deserves high praise.

I found the picture itself very interesting. The checkered tiles take an amazing amount of space that hypnotizes the watcher. It is only after a while that we can explore the rest of the picture and look at the subjects, which is nicely positioned between the tiles and the vague exterior. The right of the picture is quite messy but this adds to the general feeling of "business". As usual, we can spend countless moments exploring the picture and finding interesting details. For instance, the worn-out tiles have remained perplexing to me, until I wandered through the comments and found out what they were.

Finally, I think that flipping the picture horizontally was a very clever idea, since it made the name immediately readable (not to mention that this adds to the sentiment of complexity that emanates from this picture since we don't know what's inside and outside anymore).
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Emancipatedmind Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012
Yeah bro this is amazing. I thought it looked like a drawing too, but it is a dynamic and tailing photo. Wow!
annmc Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Drawing/photo? Wonderful job!
UseTheBrakes Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Pfft, this guy's ten times the barber I go to on this pic alone! I need a haircut!
Kurosagii Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
My goodness...It's very hard to distinguished this as a photograph or not. It looks like a sketch,but at the same time it's not. I'm so amazed by your talent Ben! I want your talent! I love your Pencil Vs. Camera pictures a lot!
BenHeine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks so much
lululetti Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a photo? It is insane!!! Amazing :D
fotojak Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo and excellent processing :clap:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Beautifully done.
BrentY1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great Work!
emey Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable :wow: :thumbsup:
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