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You Forget by Chromakode You Forget by Chromakode
"In her white lace, you could clearly see the lady sadly looking.
Saying that she'd take the blame
For the crucifixion of her own domain."
--- Close to the Edge, Yes

You forget.
Quite a bit of work in this one, it's been through many incarnations and looks/means/contains nothing close to what it first did. Hopefully I got the colors right on this one - lots of back and forth between the lcd and the crt to check. Photo was taken on a flight to New York :)
(Vector + Photo Background)

I feel the title is integral to this picture, which is why I put it in the frame. This is an interesting picture for me because I tend to self-personify the characters in my art, making them male. This is a bit of a change of pace as the character is female, making it a little less personal and more ambiguous.
Many thanks to ~Lunasmight for his discussion and suggestions. :thanks:

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IndigoGwir Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005
Very nice. I approve :-D
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neelou2002 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
Wow it's like Mary Poppins! Only not!!!
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
:D
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bridgioto Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005  Professional Filmographer
Max, this is amazing. The way she is, alone, above the world... To me it looks like she's walking across the sky. What you mentioned about death in an earlier comment seemed to resonate with this. Essentially, to forget is to die. Without memory, without knowledge of the past, there is no life, no present. When we forget, we might all never realize where we are, striding aloof through empty air in white dresses (Or white pants, if you're a man. But some men might want dresses and that's alright too, I suppose. After all, men wore robes and skirts for thousands of years before trousers were invented. But I digress.) Anyways, what I guess I'm trying to say is that this struck a chord with me. Sometimes, it's so safe to be alone, that the rest of the world... you forget.
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
Thank you. I am very glad my art is personally meaningful to you. Let's remember before it's too late, shall we? I also really like your interpretation. We need our past to give our present context, and I also tend to think that the past is something we reconstruct inside our minds. I also feel that there is a part of constructing our future that defines us as well (This is why I am so fascinated by Anterograde amnesia). Here's an interesting question: which would you rather have: no past, or no (meaningful) future?

Black pants are really more my style, in any case :D
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Betelgeux Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
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white dress and umbrella! =D



you are amazing! :hug:
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:iconchromakode:
Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
:D
It all started on a whim, my friend... I just really wanted to make that blue umbrella. :lol:
Glad you approve.
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Betelgeux Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
=D
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corneliuscz Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
yay it is nice! I don't have another words"
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Glad you like it. Thank you for the :+fav: corneliuscz!
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renedox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Nice :)
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:iconchromakode:
Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Thank you renedox :D
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human-powered Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
The first thing I thought of was Mary Poppins, but I realize you're doing more than that. The combination of Vector on Photo is very eye catching, and pleasing to see. It's not really cartoony looking, but it does provide a more-than-real look. If anything, I'd consider it a take on life between life and death, like living between the lines. 'You Forget' refering to, in my mind, the transition from one life to another, or even the inverse, as one awakes upon dying.
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Oh my goodness... I wrote up a long reply to this, switched tabs, and when I returned it was gone. :O Here's it all summed up:
Heh, It seems most people tend to think of Mary Poppins when they first see this. ;)
I wanted to leave a lot of this picture ambiguous, because I think that makes it a whole lot more interesting. Thank you taking the time share your interpretation with me. I like it a lot - it clicks, and it got me thinking. To me, "you forget" how small and how large you are (you lose context of who and why you are)... and to remember, you have to forget that you are unable to (metaphorically speaking) stand there in the sky and that it's not normal to view things from that vantage point. Your thinking of a transition stage or post-death awakening fits right into this, leading me to ponder the woman contemplating a world she no longer exists in (If I don't exist, what is the world? if the world doesn't exist, who am I?). This leads to the paradox that to put yourself in context, you have to no longer exist! :D

Or maybe, your ego / self concept just has to no longer exist. Or be pushed to the side for a while.
Perhaps the lady in the picture is thinking about this. I sure am. I'm also pretty sure there is a lot of eastern and western philosophy and religion that explores this, though unfortunately I have not studied either in depth. Anyway, that's my thinking. Sorry this is so wordy... thanks again for your :twocents:. I really appreciate recieving comments like this yours.
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human-powered Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
You're welcome. Not that I mean an offence to renedox, but comments like that just don't seem enough to me anymore. I'm glad you're willing to offer a prolific reply yourself. :)

Size, like anything else, is only worth anything in context with something else. Compare our bodies to an atom, we're beyond comprehension. Compare us to a Quasar, you'll find the same. It's kinda like Ubuntu (I imagine you're familiar with that one ;)) meaning "I am who I am because of who we all are." Without relation, one is nothing.

In Kabbalistic thought, they say as much in the relation between sephiroths Kether (1) and Ayin (0). I believe it's Hindi, but I could be wrong, they say that every person (everything) is a jewel, reflecting the lights of every other.

Simply put, I wouldn't be writing this is not for you. You'd not be reading it, or having thoughts/experiences you did without me. It's all kinda cool really. It's just a shame there's some rather foul entities (rapists, demons, etc.) befowling the waters. But hey, that's life, and I'm me, because I'm not them.

P.S. This is my favorite can of worms to open. :D
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Chromakode Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2005
Oh, and what a delicious can of worms it is ;)
Sorry that prior post was so, um, prolifically scattered. I had to scrape it all up from memory after spending about an hour relentlessly grepping /dev/mem.
Aha! Ubuntu! I think it's interesting that you connect the concept of relativity with Ubuntu. I never really thought about it that way. I also find it interesting that the concept/meme is floating around in so many diverse religions/cultures (at least, that's what I read from the examples you gave)... perhaps it has a role in defining the basic concept of "orderly civilization"?

I would say that I am what I am as much because of who you are as Adolf Hitler. In fact, my grandmother would have never met my grandfather if it weren't for him, and thus I wouldn't exist.

Thanks for the :+fav:!
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human-powered Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2005
perhaps it has a role in defining the basic concept of "orderly civilization"?
I'd say so. Even in a marriage, you can't both be the wife. :)

The concept that everyone has a role that is interdependent to everyone else is, in one form or another, usually one of the founding principles of any religion or philosophy. As Above, so Below, that, it's a founding principle of the Universe.

Getting back to the picture :) I've always enjoyed flights for the same reason you posted this. I remember flying in to Minneapolis one day, and the plane took a nice wide long turn to get to the run way. Seeing the world below spin from a relatively low height was awe inspiring. It's things like this that make one realize they are part of a much larger whole than themselves. QED. :thumbsup:
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