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Pursuit of Happiness by Brieana Pursuit of Happiness by Brieana
September is suicide awareness month, so this is my contribution to that.

RIP Kyle.
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Critique by SilentAsTheSky Oct 1, 2012, 8:12:00 PM
Ok first off I wanted to say that I personally don't like this photo but that has to do with my own personal issues. Secondly I'm very glad that this IS for suicide awareness month as at first glance I was really thrown off and a bit offended.

HOWEVER despite that, speaking from an artistic stand point and putting emotions aside. I think you did a very good job at portraying these images in a controversial manor however in my own opinion I don't read 'suicide' from this and I think that's what you were going for as it is for Suicide Awareness Month.
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2 out of 4 deviants thought this was fair.

:iconorthgirl123:
I have to say, I do find this picture quite intriguing.

I like how the first picture you can't really tell if it's suicide or not. Symbolism for suicide is the murder of yourself? I also like how the focus seems to be on the trigger; it might symbolize the hesitation, or possibly how ready the person in the picture was ready to end it all. In the second image, I like how the person is smiling, to show that even the happiest of people can have these thoughts. It makes the image a lot more meaningful.

I kind of wished that tears would've been added to the model's face, to show maybe sorrow and guilt for what they are about to do. And I feel like the second picture is missing something; maybe the composition could've been a little more interesting. But that's just my opinion.

Overall, a decent picture that I feel clearly interprets what suicide is and the underlying causes to it. Thank you for posting a good image!
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:iconlightrayphotography:
LightrayPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here:
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconannaescapicua:
annaescapicua Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This composition is totally striking, great concept.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconannaescapicua:
annaescapicua Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure ♥ :hug: It's and awesome composition!
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
^^ :hug:
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:icont-gar:
t-gar Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Regardless of subject matter, this is one awesome photo. It makes you think.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconabsent-dreams:
absent-dreams Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   General Artist
I absolutely love this! title and all,it had incredible impact on me n-n oh and thanks for the fave btw n-n
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
:aww: well thank you! glad you liked it :) and no problem!
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:iconlaszlonemeth:
LaszloNemeth Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice lightning and sad idea =(
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sad but true :s. Thank you though and happy new year ^^
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:iconlaszlonemeth:
LaszloNemeth Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
same to you
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:iconmychibikitsune:
MyChibiKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is a pretty intense photo.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
That was one of my intentions :) Thanks for the comment and happy new year ^^
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:iconmychibikitsune:
MyChibiKitsune Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem and Happy new year to you too. :)
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
thanks ^^
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:iconghostlyfears:
ghostlyfears Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great concept, perfect message.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconalontwig:
Alontwig Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Photographer
Very touching, it makes you think. Nice work.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
Happy New Year. :)
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:iconalontwig:
Alontwig Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student Photographer
Your quite welcome!
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:icontheanimalsright:
TheAnimalsRight Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The finger on the trigger is like a third eye-love all your works
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D Thank you! Glad you enjoy them :3 Happy new year!
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:iconhomocoloris:
HomoColoris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
According to ypur description, I really like your idea for showing the topic. The title is quite tricky and makes your message stronger.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconsophiaazhou:
sophiaazhou Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I like the subtle detail of a smile in the blurred background; it echoes your title nicely. :rose:
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :), glad you like it.
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:iconinuyashafan4-ever:
InuyashaFan4-ever Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great composition, very powerful message. Very nice clarity in the shots!
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsayraparker:
sayraparker Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The name of this work is what makes the images so powerful. I love the black and white of the image in combination with her black nail polish.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:icondeadstickguy:
DeadStickGuy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
lol ironic title
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
:P
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:icondeadstickguy:
DeadStickGuy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
ye, cos happiness is death
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:iconsteward:
steward Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A nicely titled juxtaposition with Aeschylus' famous quote, "Call no man happy until he is dead". The pictures are a wonderful graphic illustration of that philosophical view.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you
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:iconjesse-the-art-maker:
Jesse-the-art-maker Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Intense!
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
:meow: thanks!
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:icondumpsterkid:
DumpsterKid Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm sorry to be a dick.
but i think i hate this title.
=(
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
No worries, in a way I kinda hate it too.
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:iconnicklas81:
Nicklas81 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool image!
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks! :)
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kevinzabbo Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012
While I'd rather you stick around, I found a nice Crowley piece that fits this piece:

THE SABBATH OF THE GOAT

O! the heart of N.O.X. the Night of Pan.
{Pi-Alpha-Nu}: Duality: Energy: Death.
Death: Begetting: the supporters of O!
To beget is to die; to die is to beget.
Cast the Seed into the Field of Night.
Life and Death are two names of A.
Kill thyself.
Neither of these alone is enough.
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
haha I'm not going anywhere! I just wanted to do this for suicide awareness month because that's a thing that's affected my family a few times. I did enjoy the crowley piece though ;)~
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Mattpwnsall Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Artist
Very well stated

I remember having these thoughts myself. My life was good, but I remember putting a knife n my chest at least twice, yet I never had the guts to do it. I'm glad I didnt :D

Great picture overall :D
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmattpwnsall:
Mattpwnsall Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Student Artist
You're welcome :D
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:iconmrcooldd:
MrCoolDD Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's sad how many people commit suicide...
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:iconbrieana:
Brieana Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
:iconsadnod:
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