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tear.yourself.apart by JeanFan tear.yourself.apart by JeanFan
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The struggles of reality
And the struggle to become real
They're tearing you apart dear
You're tearing yourself apart

Tutorials and Resources
- Bounce lighting: [link]
- Ancient Warmth action: [link]

Materials and Methods
Nikon D80 + Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D + IR remote. SB-600 for bounce lighting against a nearby white wall. A dark towel was hung in the background. Greyscaled using the blue channel in post + Ancient Warmth action and some desaturation for the sepia effect. Sharpening to bring out the textures.

I've seen this technique done once before. You take a photo. Print it out. Then scratch the photo with a pair of scissors. Then rescan the photo. I believe the photo was from dA but my memory may be faulty. It was also a sepia or greyscaled shot except of a man tearing apart his chest. If anyone happens to know the photo I'm talking about, I'd love to link back and give proper credit for the inspiration.

Additional Comments
Originally submitted on FB, but it's a cool technique that I thought I'd share here too. I'm very happy with the way this turned out. I know it's one of those grotesque, not-so-pretty type of photos but it's a great technique that ultimately evokes a thought-provoking concept and at the end of the day, to inspire thought is much better than having something be "pretty".

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crooked-clockwork Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   General Artist
NinjaTeddiesGalore Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that a song or something? Because I swear I recognise it!
BENEFIELDAVON Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
midnigght Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
well done : )
zhanyuhao Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a nice idea..
GiardQatar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Great, brilliant idea
BlackJack0919 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
and luckily I just have my scanner delivered today ;) So... ;)
inhale-then-exhale Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice work :) and thanks for sharing the technique :)
NaturallyUndefined Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a really cool technique.
darkmag07 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Looks super gritty. I was trying to decide the technique for making those whites lines while looking at the thumbnail. It's cool to see you actually cut out bits of the photo (as opposed to editing it in photoshop which was my first thought).
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