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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.
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:iconbribesdemoi:
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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:iconemancipatedmind:
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!
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:iconannmc:
annmc Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Drawing/photo? Wonderful job!
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:iconusethebrakes:
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!
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:iconkurosagii:
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!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks so much
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:iconlululetti:
lululetti Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a photo? It is insane!!! Amazing :D
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:iconfotojak:
fotojak Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great photo and excellent processing :clap:
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:icontfsakon:
TFSakon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
Beautifully done.
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:iconbrenty1:
BrentY1 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Photographer
Great Work!
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:iconemey:
emey Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unbelievable :wow: :thumbsup:
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:iconeverness:
everness Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
wonderful, the result is very pleasing to the eye, catches attention from many directions
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:iconcaoimhemorana:
CaoimheMorana Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
As always, it is excellent!
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:icong-10gian82:
G-10gian82 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   General Artist
great artist
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:icon007blacksheep:
007Blacksheep Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really good drawing
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:iconlunaticpsyche:
lunaticpsyche Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Photographer
Why does this seem so unreal?
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:iconcrh:
crh Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
masterpiece in editing, wonderfully graphical result! the shot is stunning to begin with, giving the tiles a great part of the composition, intensifying the graphical effect. it's amazing to see this every day scene of a working day turning into an everlasting masterpiece :love:
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks so much
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:iconlucidaemon:
Lucidaemon Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And now he is immortal in great Art.
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:icongalapogosian:
galapogosian Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
I think your signature is backwards.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
no it isn't :)
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:icondrawn2pencils:
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I first spotted this in the most popular page I mistook it for a realistic graphite drawing due to the name being inverted. Along with the lighting the hues just added to my misinterpretaion of what I saw, it is a great photograph, excellent piece.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank u!
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:icondrawn2pencils:
drawn2pencils Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite welcome of course.
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:iconwacknut:
Wacknut Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
The name in the window; did you mean for it to be that way?
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
it's the real name
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:iconwacknut:
Wacknut Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
So it looks backwards when you're standing out on the street? How strange. But I guess it is an attention getter, like the dry cleaning place that prints it's sign upside down.
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:iconpolichet:
Polichet Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome.
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:iconmr-krebs:
mr-krebs Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
your work is amazing...all of it :)
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:iconmarkthegr8:
MarkTheGr8 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is the hair on the floor white?
Shouldn't the name on the window face outwards?

Still though, lovely :).
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
I inverted the photo horizontally after editing it, thank you for your opinion but it's nonsense to make it unreadable
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:icongryphonsshadow:
gryphonsshadow Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I think that's where the floor was worn down from constantly walking over it.
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:iconmarkthegr8:
MarkTheGr8 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah.. the pattern just seems "too perfect" for that. Very uniform I guess it's called.
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
that's exactly it, and I think that's the most moving part of this photo
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:iconnariane:
Nariane Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
I love the wore out tiles right around the one chair in the room. Nice!
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:icondarkallegiance666:
darkallegiance666 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
This looks so cool!!
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:iconzexxx13:
zexxx13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Interface Designer
... cooooool ... I love your work ... :) ...
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:iconambientalistwoman:
AmbientalistWoman Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great ! :squee: Love it! :heart:
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:icon21stcenturydamocles:
21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
really nostalgic and cool nice detail catching the ware pattern on the floor
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you
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:icon21stcenturydamocles:
21stCenturyDamocles Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
your welcome
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:iconjennystokes:
jennystokes Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very interesting post-processing here.
I love it.
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:iconmichel-de-lorient:
Michel-de-Lorient Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Les écritures sur la vitrine devraient être à l'envers ? ? A part ce détail, c'est très joli !
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:icondiogenes-von-wien:
diogenes-von-wien Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
If I were James, I'd mirror the shop sign so that you can see it from the outside :) What has happened?
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:iconfrostbite17:
FrostbiTe17 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist
I dont think the outside we see, are streets and stuff... more likely its in a shopping centre or something. But well noticed.
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:icondiogenes-von-wien:
diogenes-von-wien Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Hm ... examining it more closely ... beyond the glass pane, I see a street .... a tree ... the opposite of the street, more shops and one has a sign ... mirrored text, too ... experimenting with the picture in GIMP ... yes! The whole picture is mirrored! If one mirrors it along a vertcal axis, you can read the sign on the other side of the street.

Heh!
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes it's a street outside and I inverted the pic horizontally at the end of my editing to make sure "James Coiffure" can be read easily
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:icondiogenes-von-wien:
diogenes-von-wien Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Ha! :)
Good work in any case. I'm watching you!
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:icondamorpher:
DaMorpher Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
the image is flipped horizontally ;)
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:iconbenheine:
BenHeine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes well done
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