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In some ways this shot reminds me of the unnatural distortions of Jenny Saville's images – but it's nowhere near as extreme, nor as disturbing – but it does share something of the desire to disrupt the classic form of the female nude. And while I like it (not least because it's a shot of my wife, and I'm biased), and I do think that it's one of the more interesting shots that I've put up recently, I'm not too sure what everyone else will make of it. My wife's comment, despite the fact that she likes this shot, is that "it isn't distorted enough, it just makes my arse look big" :-)

Oh, and if you're interested, I was interviewed by Jessyel Ty Gonzalez of DailySnap.com for a new weekly feature on his site. Thanks Jessyel :-)

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comment by Jason D- at 12:34 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

I think it would be more powerful turned 180 degrees. Just my opinion. Love the effect.

comment by djn1 at 12:41 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

Jason: I did try inverting the image in the globe, but then changed it back on the basis that none of my previous images have been manipulated in that way; i.e. I decided I didn't want to get into photo-montages etc. And I did try it the other way up, as you suggest, but for me it didn't work quite so well. You could always turn your monitor the other way up ;-)

comment by Mando Gomez at 03:37 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

Very-very nice!

comment by Bob at 05:53 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

Dave -- this is one of my most favorite shots -- i like the previous one with the crystal ball -- but what I like about this image is the clean look of it --there's not a wide spectrum of color here -- it also has a fairy tale look to it ... the mirror above the woman adds that dimension -- when I look at this, I'm taken back to various art forms I've seen in the National Gallery and here in Chicago at the Art Institute -- very beutiful artforms celebrating the form of a woman... great stuff, for sure. I'm really impressed by this one.

comment by Jinky at 07:31 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

Indeed! Bloody wonderful! Great shot. =)

comment by montewski at 08:34 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

oh! :) beautifull.

comment by Kristine S. Dufey at 10:21 AM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

This picture is simply AMAZING! Fantastic composition and a good idea :D

comment by Maxine at 04:03 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

Beautiful. I love the colours, (reminds me the old Italian masters) the composition, the breast outside and inside the globe, your Venus is just amazing! Keep the camera in your hand for our pleasure :)

comment by zee at 06:16 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

Awesome shot! Very creative, just amazing, man.

Everytime I come here, I leave with a new point of view...

comment by JR at 11:07 PM (GMT) on 15 June, 2004

E-x-c-e-l-l-e-n-t-e! Cool perspective.

I'd be curious to see how the image would look by leaving the globe in the foreground but a little furthera and to the left of the camera? The background could then be a little more part of the picture as it would be a bit larger and a bit more in the DOF.

Just curious...

But I love this one!


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comment by Tom B at 04:30 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2004

Wow! You are definitely a creative photographer with a wonderful eye for the interesting. Very nice.

comment by djn1 at 10:43 AM (GMT) on 16 June, 2004

Many thanks. This is definitely one of my recent favourites so I'm glad it was well received.

comment by sungmi at 05:30 PM (GMT) on 16 June, 2004

Very Nice..
like a masic gem...
I 'm Korean. My friend recommend your site.
I want to take like this picture.

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comment by amanda at 01:31 PM (GMT) on 17 June, 2004

amazing shot
you have a very brave wife
she looks fabulous
love the colours

comment by Andrea at 03:35 AM (GMT) on 19 June, 2004

This is outstanding! I want one of those globes! Where did you get yours?

comment by d at 09:06 PM (GMT) on 22 June, 2004

oh you do it every time! this one is absolutely stunning. although people have said you should flip it, i think it looks good this way up (and no, i'm not going to turn my monitor upside down!) the colours in this image really compliment each other well.. the white blue and skin tones work so well. my only gripe is that i would have liked to have seen the whole globe in the frame without the little cropping. still, gorgeous work.

comment by Subhasish paul at 03:08 PM (GMT) on 20 July, 2004

I have learn somthing new from this photograph.

comment by mark at 10:33 PM (GMT) on 22 September, 2004

David, what exactly is this clear ball? Was it done in photoshop or is it some sorta crystal ball?? I've looked everywhere for one of these clear glass balls, but all seem to have way way too much distortion to get a photo from......

comment by hd connelly at 05:34 AM (GMT) on 17 September, 2005

this is fantastic! so creative and so well executed!

comment by ilia bojilov at 09:07 PM (GMT) on 19 October, 2005

Hi there I am very new to photography have been shooting for a couple of years but I find your work not only impressive and outstanding but also inspirational.
Thank you for being an example...