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A brave new world

All the best. mal

A brave new world

All the best. mal

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Great work Malster, too much hair to be you!! grin Many regards, Neil.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jan 2008, 00:18
That's what the New Year is all about isn't it? New things on the horizon.

I'm sure you aren't entirely referring to Aldous Huxley wink
I've not been here for a while and when I do I'm not dissappointed. Nice one Mal
very uplifting - I'm thinking it's the rising sun but equally though, it could be setting I suppose. I could almost be there in the way you've composed this which is what I like most about it.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 01:55
Why does this look like a similar place I saw recently on Petra's site? Except with hers, there was someone jumping, as I recall. smile

I think the sky is the limit, Mal!
Wow. Simple and compelling.
That is absolutely wonderful.
  • Kay
  • rainy pacific northwest
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:36
As always, Mal. A wonderful and thought provoking picture.
Love it!
  • Jewlya
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 03:40
Very striking, Mal.
  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • 8 Jan 2008, 04:46
That's me 15 years ago, mal.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-lying-somewhere-over-the-River-Trent
  • 8 Jan 2008, 06:27
Is this your new Gormley-esque statue on a hill? Just need another 100-plus of these to make a splash....
Great image, by the way!
Compelling image which really holds the attention. Great sense of solitude and contemplation. Fantastic, Mal. (:o)
Naht wrong w'this youth. richard
  • Ann
  • Sucé sur Erdre - France
  • 8 Jan 2008, 07:40
Nice photo !!! The first thing he'll do this year is trying to stop smoking and this is his last one. After, he is going to drop it into the gap, looking at this wonderful place and knowing he is right taking care of himself like this ...
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:12
It does have an air of going into the unknown. love the idea and what a great shot.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:41
Makes you wish you could see what he/she is seeing over the brow of the hill. Great shot Mal.
Behold the horizon ! That's a beautiful mono Malcolm. A perfect place for dreamy visions.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 8 Jan 2008, 08:50
simply brllliant!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jan 2008, 09:25
Smoking hot and fitting for the start of the year. Great silhouette and contrasting lightplay in the clouds.
Top shot !!
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Jan 2008, 09:49
Phenomenal, great atmosphere, I have the same thought as Ginnie....
  • Aussie
  • back on nights.
  • 8 Jan 2008, 10:39
Lol Anns comment because the first thing I noticed was the cigarette.
Beautiful capture as usual Mal.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jan 2008, 11:03
Some say "they live among us".

There must be little things, like obtuse hand-signals, that give their presence away to those who seek to discover them.

Can this be one of them...a navigational beacon to guide in the Aliens, which will arrive in a burst of light to obliterate essential excising of the bio-pustule that threatens the existence of Life on Rock #1335hhB?

Surperbly captured, mal.
Great shot Mr Smart. All the best Bernie.
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:17
This doesn't look nearly as gloomy as I would expect given the title, but it is a very well executed classic composition!
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 8 Jan 2008, 14:45
Solitude, great shot Malsmile
Wonderful capture Mal. Well done
Giz a fag!
Excellent Mal. I really like this very much
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 8 Jan 2008, 22:27
Taking the cigarette ban in pubs a bit far Mal! wink

Fine image smile
....Teaching Masterclass again Mal!!! very speakng photogrpahy!! Love the title, soehow, it feels like I've been here before, like deja-vu, strange feeling smile
Is that a mushroom cloud in the distance
It's that aaaahhh moment. The end of the day and a cigarette. I remember it well. It ended 2 yrs ago on the 12th. Yeah! Thanks for reminding me how glad I am.
  • Rafael
  • Suriname
  • 9 Jan 2008, 02:07
Fantastic and mighty!
Photography at its finest wink
It's a really strong image, but I particularly like the cigarette. It is a small detail but sets off all sorts of chains of thought (no pun intended). Would we feel differently about this figure, if you'd magicked the fag away in PS?
  • Jon
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Jan 2008, 17:03
An apt title. I imagine the subject is considering a New Years resolution to give up smoking smile
  • rab
  • 9 Jan 2008, 22:18
like it Mal. you get the feeling theres a vista being appreciated by the figure, maybe somewhere in the highlands - with the hair being ablast.. Rab
  • rhys
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Jan 2008, 09:30
great 'lonely' shot. someone having an enjoyable solitary cig. as ever, a shot full of emotion and thought.
Oh! Mal! I want to express here my better desires for you and all yours in this New Year.

The photography like always precious, but.... exceeds cigarette! eppp! wink
  • om
  • 10 Jan 2008, 16:33
Nice one. man and nature.
  • Frank
  • Germany
  • 12 Jan 2008, 11:52
Wow, I like the center light in the sky.
  • vera
  • Philippines
  • 12 Jan 2008, 21:37
oh, brave ?what for?? not to die one day?? ah ah!! ;-)) nice shot!
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 13 Jan 2008, 13:36
mal at work...very nice but would like the clouds to be more defined....lovely pict hough, excellent vibes...
  • Clint
  • US
  • 13 Jan 2008, 14:15
Beautiful shot. Perfect in my eyes.
  • SheepLover
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Jan 2008, 09:48
Mal, sometimes simple is best. Love it.
"I am smokin' a faaaag"
The emotions expressed in comments about the held cigerette are fascinating. Nostalgia, hope, bitterness, fixed attitudes, disgust, humility, relaxation, reflection and probably many more. I wonder Mal, if you were even aware and focused on the fag when you took the shot. I'm sure I wouldn't have been ... basically because this is a really evocative image in its own right. As far as smoking goes ... for me it's f****** stupid but I'm not crazy enough to comment on what other people do. May I say this is a fantastic image full of positives. richard
  • Ogonna
  • London
  • 15 Jan 2008, 16:17
Solid image
Hi my friend! this is really evocative image smile
  • Tony
  • 20 Jan 2008, 06:03
Another great piece of work by Mal!
  • Thomas
  • Sweden
  • 20 Jan 2008, 09:11
Simple and... well, it certainly works various ways.

My mind starts drifting in different directions, depending on whether I focus on the picture itself (optimistic, looking forward...) or the title (a touch of uneasiness, remembering the book and suddenly realising the huge contrast between the sun and the person).

And then discovering the fag...suddenly a feeling of every-day.

Nice rollercoaster smile
  • tim
  • leeds, uk
  • 21 Jan 2008, 09:41
stunning stuff Malsmile
  • 10cré
  • France
  • 22 Jan 2008, 09:51
Magnifique !

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