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SONY
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DSC-P150
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May 12, 2011, 12:24:55 PM
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Mountain Laurel by RichardLeach Mountain Laurel by RichardLeach
A self-portrait in the mountain laurel leaves in our front yard. Edit by Hanan :iconpartiallyhere:

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:iconthemadmulatto:
TheMadMulatto Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
You are underwater and unalarmed.
Like a cat who's been in this spot since the first winter you remember.
You are X-rayed and X-cellent
Adorned and Adored
Boxed, yet bushy.

Happy smile guiles and whimsically whiskered.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011   Traditional Artist
What a beautiful comment, Michelle, thanks :hug:
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
I faved this long ago, but I never commented...Let me rectify that oversight:

This is a great portrait, Richard...I love the laurel framing your face, the glow around your beard, and the lightness of your eye(s). Hanan's editing finishes it off beautifully. :heart:
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much, Yvette, it's great to have your comments. This was thoroughly collaborative, and I take it a little bit for granted now that it's possible, but when I stop to think about it - wow!
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hummbuzz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
:nod:
Do you have it hanging on your wall?...
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
It's never been printed - I never even thought of it! :faint:
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:iconhummbuzz:
hummbuzz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011
:whisper: (think of it...)
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
:icondamnseriousnodplz:
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:iconmyroski:
myroski Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011   General Artist
How did I miss this? A very classical portrait, with whimsey
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! Hanan wanted me to do a self portrait of some sort, I experimented with all kinds of things, and this one really worked.
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WeirdAlbatross Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Artist
I love this image so much. I can't tell if you are slowly being buried or unearthed. Laurels create the tension by covering your eye. :)
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you! This was a mix of an idea with some luck, and you're right, the covered eye is what really made it happen.
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Makola94 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Featured: [link]
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011   Traditional Artist
:aww::heart:
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:iconmyrnajacobs:
myrnajacobs Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
hello! (shades of another time)
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
hi Myrna! yes, an interesting mood created here.
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I find it hard to be peaceful in a self portrait, but you really managed to look extremely peaceful.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Jean-Daniel. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing, but I put everything out of my mind except looking into the lens and getting the shot, and it worked out well in this case.
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
In a way, it reminds me some of "merge with nature" images, in a more peaceful way. With yours in mind, I might try a few more in the series.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011   Traditional Artist
I just looked at that series, J-D, I really like it and I see what you mean about the similarity and the difference. It would be great to see more.

I had some luck with my shot too, a stretch of sunny, warm weather - it's been too rainy lately for any kind of shot inside the greenery!
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djailledie Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I heard you and made a few more this week-end, Richard.

Rain gives some very interesting lights, that is captured and reflected by leaves... but what a pain with the camera indeed!
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011   Traditional Artist
Ah, great, Jean-Daniel. I'm looking forward to seeing them :nod:
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot, Richard. Most excellent. And superb editing; also the collaboration is wonderful.
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Jim, from both of us. I really like the collab too - Hanan's been doing great things with paired self-portraits, and this one was amazing.
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hoaxeye Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Most very welcome, it worked out great.
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claudiamm37 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
Trippy shot.....love it....
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Claudia :)
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:iconjablab:
JabLab Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
a poet :)
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011   Traditional Artist
:) thanks, Jonas :handshake:
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JabLab Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
:)
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:iconhogret:
hogret Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
You look like Prospero in The Tempest! the wise, other-worldly gaze.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! I was holding the camera and shooting myself, didn't know how it would work - the shot plus the edit is rather striking!
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Dr. Livingston, I presume ? :giggle:
Saw this already in another most beautiful context today :iconbummiesplz:
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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
"Why yes, old chap, of course it is I, jolly good to see you" :handshake:

Yes, isn't the di with Hanan great? One of the best ever! :dance:
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
And not THAT far away in the look-alike contest :lol: [link]
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
:omg: I had no idea :faint:
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:iconeintoern:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
nor had I :giggle:
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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconthumbsupplz:
Yes - no doubt ! One of the best onces ever :boogie:
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LauraTringaliHolmes Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
Lovely. Has a Shakesperean aura. :heart:
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Ordinary face, ordinary leaves but some drama was created. :aww:
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:iconahavati:
Ahavati Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ethereal.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thank you, Ana!
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alisinwonder Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
:clap: very nice,
and please, more photo's from you .... :iconbummyplz:
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
:iconbowplz:

Thanks, Hanne, much appreciated and I will do my best!
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alisinwonder Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
:D
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AlisonBlue Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Writer
[link]

'...A distant voice from the BBC World Service was describing something very strange - a face made out of leaves, a pagan carved image found in Christian cathedrals, a descendant of the horned god of the woods, the spirit of nature, lover of the Goddess.

And yet, perhaps strangest of all, was the feeling that, as the programme unfolded, I had the increasing sensation that this image - the Green Man - was not unfamiliar to me. It even seemed perfectly natural, as if I had always known about it...'

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RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   Traditional Artist
Wow! Thanks for the wonderful link. Now that I think of it I have seen Green Man images, but was not consciously thinking of them when I shot this photo. An archetype.
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AlisonBlue Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Student Writer
you are in good company, it would seem.
it's a wonderful photo.
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:iconrichardleach:
RichardLeach Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011   Traditional Artist
Thanks very much :aww:
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Colornote Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I'm speechless.
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