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Arms Out

Arms Out

Photo taken by n23art who has struggled with depression for much of his life. Most of the time it’s manageable, but there have been a few times when it has hit him very hard. He is originally from the UK, but currently lives in Thailand.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in September 2012. This was a spontaneous idea I had during a photo shoot. After a conversation with the model she told me that her day job was teaching, as a former teacher myself my first thought was “multitasking” and as women are supposedly better multitaskers it made sense. After the shoot I also started to think about the numerous multi limbed Hindu deities, so it became more like an avatar (in the true sense of the word).

I regretted the decision later after spending many, many hours on Photoshop trying to turn the concept into (some kind of) reality.”


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9 comments on “Arms Out

  1. Bill Chance
    January 3, 2013

    Really nice shot – worth the Photoshop effort.

    Thanks for sharing.


  2. Marcel
    January 3, 2013



  3. melankooli
    January 3, 2013

    wow, beautiful thank you for sharing!


  4. Anita Flowers
    January 3, 2013

    Stunning …. Thank you!


  5. Syncopated Eyeball
    January 3, 2013

    Oh, but it’s womderful like this!


  6. luro97
    January 3, 2013

    Your time was definitely well spent. Outstanding work.


  7. Imogen Shepard
    January 3, 2013

    I agree – time well spent indeed. I immediately thought about the Diety. And I like your vision of women being multi-taskers, and men too, so a good job done well 🙂


  8. Emily
    January 4, 2013

    Great! I love it.


  9. Rob Allen
    August 15, 2013

    A belated thanks to all the people who’ve commented on this photo, your words are appreciated.


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