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Pencil Vs Camera - 28 by BenHeine Pencil Vs Camera - 28 by BenHeine
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A little hole in a piece of paper and a minimalist drawing, I took the photo this afternoon.

One world meeting another, imagination versus the blurred and strange reality...

I was sort of inspired by Plato's "Allegory of the Cave": Plato imagines a group of people who have lived chained in a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Plato, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to seeing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall are not constitutive of reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners.

The Allegory is related to Plato's Theory of Forms, wherein Plato asserts that "Forms" (or "Ideas"), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality. Only knowledge of the Forms constitutes real knowledge. In addition, the allegory of the cave is an attempt to explain the philosopher's place in society.

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The above photo has been shot with the Samsung NX10, which has been provided to me by Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Update: See THIS VIDEO showing some 18 Pencil Vs Camera images in progress (with a small animation and an original musical composition).

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In Pencil Land

A poem by Katie Gabrielle

Just an ordinary day
In pencil land
A strange hole appears
And they blame it on the hand
"Oh it's that artist again!"
"He keeps teasing us and
Not sure which came first.
Did he draw us first, then
show us that color world?"
Are we real or is that real?
"Almost like Alice and
The looking glass, so
Why not just on through
Or go on past!"
The color world can be
Bright and true.
Better to be color
Than black and white.
Dreaming is fun for Alice
Life can be mighty boring
When you all look the same
But when you have some
Jazzy color you can
Blame the artist
So talk to the hand
In color land


Dream Days

A poem by Peter S. Quinn

Dream days here on
Filling the moment's air
Reality is now gone
Only now dreams in here
Thru every dimension
Always for more and new
Perceptive comprehension
Whatever we come to do

Dream thru the reality
Nothing is now clear
Times are currently free
There’s no place or year
Only a dream in a dream
Moving in our evolution
We only in mirror seem
Like reflecting resolution

Dreams of our own deep
Inside an abysses space
Only the instances to keep
In playful of many ways
An apparition that is laid
Like desire in some mind
And we have called it fate
That has our life assigned
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The concept is very interesting. I guess my mind is so in the box that I wouldn't have preceived what it meant without your comment. I was just thinking that it was a neat mix of mediums.

Regardless, with the artist comment in mind this piece brings a whole world of ideas into mind. It was a great use of both traditional art and photography. I especially like the idea of making the real life blurry.

All to often we go through life without stepping back to take a look at things. So the fact that art captured by pencil could do this is just so profound.

There is nothing visually outstanding about this deviation, but I think that the concept surpasses that anyways.
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I believe that someone with this talent of using both art and life, will succeed in life of knowing greatness. True art with a unique feeling. Even though it's great anything can be improved! I congratulate this person. I adore your imagination my friend! Because you show something new and likable my friend, but I hope you could live for ever to keep showing your brilliance an imagination to this world. You Impact the world and show your brilliance and skill. I congratulate you, for showing and being someone to stand out in the boring world, Thank you for being magnificent and standing out in the crowd!
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datcookaburra Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  New Deviant
This is GENIOUS!I am a dummy!  It inspired me and made me smile, thanks for sharing it. Meow :3 
KorsonOraakkeli Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so clever :)
Squirrelbits4u Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, I don't think anyone has asked this and I truly feel like it's a trick on the eyes in a way.. But it looks like the blurred picture is actually -moving-? If you had that intent and it is moving then I'm sorry for being captain obvious. Also..I realize how long ago this work was made but I just have to know.
TexasDreamer01 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I remember reading that! :D Great conceptualization.
SilentStorm01 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this!
TheFeyOne Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i could so see hat happening. "omg wtf just happened? its a portal to another UNIVERSE!"
SelenaLena Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
My AP English class just read "Allegory of the Cave" a couple of days ago. I found this piece a few months back and just re-found it today. Needless to say, I'm seeing both the piece and the essay in new light.
trunks10k Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
Your concepts are such a great idea. I am a self taught drawer/sketcher never really had no formal training. Unlike you I haven't been driving my creative expressions I stopped trying.However, when I saw your photos I was inspired. I guess lately I been caught up in the corporate life. Eat, sleep and go work in a sense that's what this picture is reminds me of. We are all focus on what's around us that sometimes we just need to open our eyes and see things in a whole new perspective.
LeonardoSquidBee Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That whole brings them to our demencion :3
jamilla2000 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Combative Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yoyomrpurrz Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
This is uber cool
YikYik Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Haha, this is great! :XD:
uniquenormality Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
I love all of these. They are unique and something not many people think of. They put two different worlds of art together, some simple and some vastly ornate. But they all are interesting and I love how you put so much thought into them.
DezzyBeatrice Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student General Artist
lol i love this. its kinda simple but still awesome :}
BlueSkies21 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
I love this. If there existed a two dimensional world with thinking creatures... they would be simply incapable of understanding the 3 dimensional world unless they were brought into it. You could try describing our world to them, but they just wouldn't get it. And just think... what if WE exist in our 3 dimensional world but there is something (or someone) living OUTSIDE our dimension looking in... yet we would be completely incapable of understanding the concept of further dimensions or what they might be like. Just like the little stick figures on paper looking into our world...
chaoshengzhe Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
a bit like Plato's thinking about the cave..
interesting theme =)
melly4260 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Mihaio Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Student General Artist
I like the idea:)
kaz-un Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HAHAH i read allagory of the cave in class today..<3 when i read the description i was like..." I CAN TOTALLY RELATE.." Please continue your wonder pencil vs camera x)
drifting-musician Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Such an interesting concept; the minimalism of the sketch really allows the idea of the piece to come through clearly without being overly muddled. Really awesome. :)
bleedingblackandblue Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
hahahahaha i lovd thisss
Shizuku-Uzu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
their all confused by the reality! XD I love it!!
monkyak Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
who is the one that say that live is an illusion and a dream?
Neline-ne Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ErgoXill Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
Nyotah Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Great! ^^
Kijunuah Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
Simple and effective. :D
BananaBananne Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
I swear to god the unfocused picture in the middle moves. It looks crazy!
Jamjam28 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
you sir have a brilliant mind!
Laiven2150 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
your so talented. keep up the great work. No wonder Samsung is letting you test drive there cameras =)
Astroyodog Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student
Blythe-drinks-tea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
ahaha!! omg this is great!
ChrisWP420 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010
that's so awesome! the simple pencil drawins are perfect for it and the out of focus "colour world"
bi0sde Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
best idea ever......

I love it!!!
quinze Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010
:omg: simple yet brilliant!!
BenHeine Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
thank you
SIERRA-113 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
Reminds me of the theoretical physics-based story that exlains the fourth dimension by taking place in the second dimension, where the Flatlanders (of Flatland) cannot look above or beyond their limited perspective.... I'll stop now before I begin rambling xD
diasake56 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
totally say that movie swt pic
Ali-C-05 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010  Student General Artist
i really like this :D
iVteam Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010   Interface Designer
So Cool
Just-C00ly Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
haha :XD: this is awesome :D
opal-devil Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Reminds me of that book Flatland, where they describe what would happen if a 3-D object were to pass through flatland, and how the 2-d world would perceive it. Very imaginative! I like seeing your stuff.
SIERRA-113 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010   Traditional Artist
...CRAP I just posted a comment basically saying the same thing. MAN, EVERYONE IS STEALIN' MY IDEAS! D=<
opal-devil Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2010
Pshaw, I stole your idea 24 hours ago? 3^ P
ha ha
clippys Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
nice work
mtsofan Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I like the depth of meaning, as you explained it.
synchr0n-IC3 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
This one's really amazing... creative and original~! <3
I love how you said "imagination versus the blurred and meaningless reality"...
CuriouslyEm Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
why are you so freaking amazing? unfair.

Axxaxxin Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
I second that! lol ^^
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