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NEIGHBOURHOOD by getcarter NEIGHBOURHOOD by getcarter

Special gratitude goes to Dominik and Victoria, my neighours, who are great and cool enough to take part in this little photo-project of mine.
Please note: this is not a composed piece of work - the view you get to see out of my bathroom window is exactly what you see above. Dominik and Victoria were in their flat in the moment the shot had been taken.

comments, favs and certainly critiques are more than just welcome!

PS: the rifle was my idea, :D
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Given 2012-10-13
NEIGHBOURHOOD by `getcarter

deviantART Related / deviantID ( Suggested by DpressedSoul and Featured by bradleysays )
It is an image of the photographer in fact but the photographer hasn't titled it as a self-portrait. So it is valid to ask if the intention was a reflection of the self (as in conscious intention since the unconscious ones are inevitable and unavoidable). There is no answer with the image. It could be aspirational; it could just be acting; it could be real. The viewer cannot know.

It is impeccable and extraordinarily clean - - well pressed. Every choice is finished. The color of the suit and shirt against the white on white elements (blue white to blue clothing) all framing within the frame a teal blue frame of the traditionally dressed couple. The image has really spectacular palette choices even if simply accurate to the location. The man of the couple looks as if he is about to go hunting and is dressed for the countryside while the main figure is dressed to kill in the city.

But it all seems manufactured.

Ironically for a picture taken in a mirror, the subject seems more an artifice of theater, a tableaux, than a true reflection. It is this that convinces me, finally, that it is not a self-portrait but a tightly executed social commentary.

Technically as a photograph it is as impeccable as its subject. My favorite compositional and graphic element is the lights in the ceiling as well as catching the motion of buttoning a jacket. A man may not look at himself in a mirror but he will look at his equipment, in this case the business suit.

Thinking about what I would say about this photograph encouraged me to post a photograph that presents my sense of self-portraiture which involves overtly seeing and displaying your self - - to reveal before reflecting. [link] Although this image could be just a late middle age equivalent to all those late adolescent emo pictures that tend to overpopulate the genre here on deviantART.

Clearly this is an image from Chris richly deserving of several critiques. I may use mine as a first draft of a potential journal on self-portraiture.
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donnasueb Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
My teen students take selfies in the bathroom mirror at school. I should show them this! They can aspire to something much greater!:D (Big Grin) 
Batsceba Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015   Photographer
wow! super!!! & congrats
AngelaxCollins Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
pushing boundaries... good to see!
kinska Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Markotxe Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your real neighbours ...
HorstSchmier Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
Oh, glatt übersehen bisher ... ;-)
aerendial Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
featured in journal: artiest ID [link] :tea:
Rowgi Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
I dont get it.. if it's a mirror, where is the reflection of the camera D: how does this work? I'm too dumb for this
bp2007 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Nice. Congratulations on DD.
kirstenbakker Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great shot :)
StarfallenWolf Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would kill to have such an awesome bathroom window as that! Everything somehow looks as though it is being viewed through a magnifying glass. :3


missituk Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Awesome picture!
MouseDenton Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
The image is too small to really make out the neighbours. I thought that was a shovel until reading the description.
Xiso60 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice piece ^^
Elegant-Blossom Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, I must say that you took this picture in James Bond Style~ That's how it looks like to me, a cool way of taking a pic, ahaha~ xDD
Jazznote Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh, that's awesome! XD
Magic-luver101 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
How do you mange to keep the camera completely out of frame but still have it look like its head on?
Madelonetjj Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I also looked through the comments to see if the artist ever mentions where the camera is, but he evades the question every time o.0
Madelonetjj Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Whoa. :o Where's the camera at, that's the only question on my mind atm xD
WingDiamond Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
:iconmr-rogersplz::iconsaysplz:Wollst du nicht mein Nachbaer sein?
miskis Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Bond meets Bonnie and Clyde. :love:
dholms Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're the man!
congrats on the much deserved DD!
MARX77 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Photographer
Top marks to ^DpressedSoul for suggesting this. :D
icyyyyy Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
im trying to find the camera..but i can't. awesome!!
relhom Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
jasmintaa Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Such a great angle. The rifle makes it all the more special. If I could give it 100 stars I would! :D
da-andi Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
After i've seen millions of crappy self-portraits on the Internet, i have a Question about this Picture: Where is the Camera?? :o
MyMarshlands Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I tought the same thing ._.
Nyiana-sama Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
:la: Congrats on the daily deviation!
catluvr2 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always loved this piece, congrats on the DD! :+favlove:
wow, fantastic!
A-teinna Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012   Photographer
Great picture and composition. Congrats on your well deserved DD :clap:
cajunattack Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Reminds me of those great photorealist paintings of the 60s and 70s by Alex Colville and the like: Very cool.
CrowsReign Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Professional Photographer
excellent idea!!!!well done!!!
SuperAimster Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congrats on the DD! :heart:
KPEKEP Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
coool idea , nice id cart !
sebaselciclon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Intersting... this isnt real mirror is it? the picture wasnt taken from a reflection... or if it was, how did you do to hide the camera?.
Anyway, this is great, and you took a nice picture, but your neighours deserve a good part of the credit! they are awesome! xDDD
CorSecAgent Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very whimsical. I love it! :-)
BklynGirl Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
A fresh and unique has everything I have been aching to see: concept, color, a bit of humor...Just great!
KarenFiore Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I adore this image.
palmbook Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good idea :)
ggrozny Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
This is a really fun shot, I love the way it looks. Great job, and nice neighbors!
Izaaaaa Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
this is really great!! i'm not the only one thinking of painting - the Magritte/Van Eycke association was good! - but me I think of "American Gothic" by Grant Wood [link] ... it could be a reflection on old/modern America... if only you were american! :lol: anyway, a delight for the eyes and the mind!
peterpateman Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great idea, nicely composed.
kmnfive Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
nice suit =D
Zakily Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Student Writer
awww..impressive and funny original scenario..amazing work! :clap:
klapouch Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012   Photographer
Reminds me of "Las Meninas" by Velazquez. Cool! =)
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