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Passion Pangs by wroth Passion Pangs by wroth
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I can not be the only artist, I think, consumed by a need for art? Not a desire, a need I mean. Like oxygen feeding the fire of passion, it must be [and is] always close to my mind in some way or all passion would suffocate, and life end with it. [for what is life worth without passion?] In such as way does art become life, or at lest an expression of the act of living itself.

How does such a need take hold though? How did it take shape for you, if it ever did? Did maybe a relentless inward turn of the mind onto itself produce such compressive force that the brain was crushed in to a liquid sphere of white hot intellect and lighting? That sent silver tendrils flashing down one's throat into the deepest empty places of one's chest [the den of the weight of sadness] where it struck up an inferno that ate darkness itself as fuel? And with it's fire swept away all weaker passions [both the good passions and the bad passions], and freeing the heart from it's bloody physical trappings revealed a spiritual organ of gold standing bright among the flames? And did a molten mix of golden emotion and silver intelligence rush through one's veins to empower every molecule of one's body, igniting irises so they would illuminate the shadows of the world, enflaming hands so they would melt all barriers? And having forced itself into every atom of ones person, the heat then forced itself between atoms and swirled gold with silver in a violent maelstrom where in all turned to light? And was it then that all other expression of life seemed insufficient... ?

In all seriousness, I love this craft. I just hope I improve in my abilities so that one day they can fully compare to the will I have to drive them.

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(Open Edition) Print Version: Color Version

(also see the :bulletgreen:Black & White, :bulletred:Tone, and :bulletred:Inverse versions if online (green dot), or if offline (red dot) then write me and ask about availability.)
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ayaz-yildiz Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Student Photographer
I love the compossition of this picture. :clap:
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calleena Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the most amazing thing about it is that this fire actually has a texture I haven't seen before, it's almost hair-like
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wroth Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Thank you :aww:
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LAPoetry-n-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Your author's comment is long, and I wish my reply was too, but I don't want to sound repitious. All I have to say is: I know exactly what you mean. I was thinking just those thoughts for the past three days.

Great capture. I love fire. It's probably my favorite element, at least aesthetically.

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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
This looks incredible. You captured the intensity and the power so well.

Without passion we would merely survive and life is so much more. We all need to be passionate about something (as long as that passion isn't hurting anyone else).

Wonderful shot. :hug:
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wroth Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2008
Thanks Amber :aww: This is a central piece of my work I'm glad you like it.

And yes, there is more to life then life. There is living, for example.
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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2008
:cuddle:

This reminds me of a quote...

" Some never participate. Life happens to them. They get by on little more than dumb persistence and resist with anger or violence all things that might lift them out of resentment-filled illusions of security."
--Chapterhouse: Dune (Alma Mavis Taraza) by Frank Herbert
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ForlornExistence Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
wicked!! i love it!:horns:
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wroth Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
Cool I'm glad to hear that. Thanks for the feedback today! :salute:
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snowmask Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a powerful capture you have there, Shawn. So much that even my eyes sting, looking at it... reminds me of penetrating ash. Fortunately there's also the sensation of it merely rushing through... not staying. Or perhaps not so fortunate...
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OkamiSunshine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
You can almost see two winged people in the flames and the already-burned trees. And then there's a woman with long hair (the really bright flames).
Either that, or I'm going insane. It's a long-standing debate within friendly circles.
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wroth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
No, your just nuts. :crazy:

Just kidding, as far as I know ;) Thanks for the feedback and favs
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OkamiSunshine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
*bows* thank you.

It's a nice shot. Where was it taken? Out west (Cali fires)?
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wroth Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
No just some local landclearing fires.
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OkamiSunshine Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008
Ah. The last time we did something like that, some guy threw an "empty" propane tank into the fire...
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Limetastic Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hm. Passion. So hard for me to express to people the passion I have. So many don't understand. It's a waste to try and show them. I think this image has a lot of passion to it. Not just because of the fire, but the wind blowing and smearing it in the air, the trees refusing to fall and accepting the burn. There's more to this than meets the eye at first glance.

Since you asked, my passion took hold of me in High School. I've always seen pictures in everything but when I got my first camera I felt so alive. I'm self taught and I know nothing about aperture, f/8, ISO, anything... I just feel it and click. So many people try and put me down for this but I know where I'm going. I know I can become great because I have the motivation to fuel my passions. Some people have the passion but not the strength to use it. I'll do anything for my art. 20 hour days are nothing if I can improve my work and teach someone or inspire them.

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theshadowmistress Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2008
Well, now... you DO write. I'm faving this image as well as your comment. Really powerful and beautiful! Are the flames real or manip? Awesome either way and it looks real - just curious :D.
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sebakunstpaul Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
I love the compossition and atmosphere of this picture... somehow reflect my feelings too...
also your comment...

Life without passion is death... Passion is the spark for the incoming flames... beauty of the world with all the drama is the fuel ... I let my soul embraced by flames ...
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wroth Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2007
Thank you for the feedback and support [favs]. If you like this work you might find more images of interest in my scrapbook, btw.
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dholms Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
my god shawn. what the hell is it that you read?
that's one fertile as hell brain you have!
and this is one gorgeous shot.
btw,...do you go around starting fires as a hobby?
just curious.
=P
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wroth Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2007
What do I read, a lot of good books [laughs] As many as a can, though less these days then I did in my youth'

Hobby? No it's more of a pastime.
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temoc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2007
Agressive and calm, almost portraiting the three tenses in a same picture, past, present, future.

Superb, I wish more people shared the same vision about art, feeding from it, sweating it, living for it.

I think my vocabulary is particularly vague today.
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wroth Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007
Hmm, vision. A garden “watered alike by my tears and my blood”.
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thepurplemonster Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
'Like oxygen feeding the fire of passion, it must be [and is] always close to my mind in some way or all passion would suffocate, and life end with it.'

every single word is true. heh, I don't think I'm quite burning with it though, myself. It just helps me breathe again, I guess.. I was only ever that passionate in the beginning, when I didn't have much of a clue as to what art was. :P Maybe I'll regain it someday.

(yay! you're filliny out your gallery! :heart: )

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Love the colors of this one, and the textures--flame is possibly even smoother than water, don't you think? Its motion is ever so much rougher, though.. more pure. Nothing lost for the sake of beauty--there's nothing pretenious about fire, but it can be so majestic at the same time. Against the bark.. the contrast is lovely. The roaring yellows and oranges are nicely toned by the blueish shadows of the branches, too.. I love how the branches seem less and less substantial, like shadows, the closer to the left of the picture it is, the direction the flames seem to be driven towards. Its got a eerie, surreal feeling to it that I like alot.. :)

Just of curiousity, where do you take these shots? I've seem the fire packages at =resurgere and they are absolutely awe inspiring.
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