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What life is made of... by DianePhotos What life is made of... by DianePhotos
Edit : This received such a warm welcome I'm overwhelmed with comments and faves... I really cannot reply to you all for now but I read all your comments and I'd like to thank you all for your kind support and messages. I'll try to answer all questions as soon as possible :hug:
Thank you very much!!!

I DID IT !!!! I finally managed to make that bubbly thingie look good!!! :la:
*now I'm off to take some aspirin* :slow:

Countless tries at making the "perfect yin-yang" finally paid off. To be honest I thought I'd NEVER succeed but the strawberry syrup added to my usual dish liquid soap + water + oil somehow made the bubbles "dry" and they didn't burst. Yay !!!

I spent around 40 minutes just creating this shape then added the big bubble in the end to avoid it bursting. I failed at least 10 times but the last attempt looks good (I'd say I've spent at least 10 hours trying to make this from my very first try to this final one... this includes the previous photo-sessions I didn't show up here as they were really crappy ^^;).

There are of course things that could be perfected but it looks good enough to me not to want to try again.
I slightly darkened the background to remove the "oil blobs shine", there were some tiny distracting dots on the black parts, especially under the heart (nothing major, it didn't even show on dark monitors but I prefer this clean version).

The shape is NOT edited. I could have done so but it would have been somehow "too easy" and I wanted to challenge myself.

About the title : life is made of bright and dark things (yin-yang), contrast, balance, life is created by love but most of all, life is fragile and short... I thought bubbles could fit the theme well as they usually last only some seconds then burst, not sure it's very obvious though (plus they look like cells, which is quite cool).
Some people told me this image had some kind of "sexual"connotation. That wasn't planned but it fits the theme too so that's a nice coincidence :)


Canon EOS 350D
Canon EF-S USM 60mm macro lens
Soap + oil + water + strawberry syrup in a black plate
Desklamps
Many tools such as a small syringe without needle, a tablespoon and a knife to burst the bubbles which were too big.

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BRAVO

The image is very good but the text explaining is just totally surrealist !

You are the first soap bubble artist in the curved yin-yang space-time...

It's definitively very interesting conceptual art; simple yet complex, real yet crazy/genius. It's not easy to do something new with old stuff but all kids make bubbles so it's déjà vu, same with the yin-yang symbol - very old stuff.

Yet this is a new icon, well done !

The only unfortunate part, I guess, is that the original art work just vanished after the photo. May be you should try with fiberglass bubbles...

Keep it up and enjoy life
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losromanos Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Incredible ;)
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BeccaB323 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is amazing!!!!!! :clap: 
EXCELLENT work here :clap: bravo!! :clap: :heart:
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ShiZniT3 Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
i dun get it... life is made from bubbly soap water and some type of black background? or is it supposed to be shaped like a fat-headed sperm made from bubbles? dunno.....
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Love-Hate-Math Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful.
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incredible!!!
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pevhak Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice job :+fav:
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MariaSilentHill2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is very creative. :)
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IGotOatmeal Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Student Filmographer
I like how some of the tiny bubbles are creaping into the Yin side :)
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BordeauxBerry Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Full effort poetry, which comes so easily. It's lovely!
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UncolouredColors Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
amazing! congratz ;)
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MountainStrongBear Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really an amazing take on the tai ji symbol, especially with the heart-shape in the black area. Closing the circle would have spoiled the effect, so it is cool that you let the viewer do the rest of the work in finishing the image.
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GothIntegra Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is, without a doubt, one of the best photographs I've ever seen done in my life!!! I'm extremely impressed with how you did this. I'm absolutely in love with this piece! very very well done!
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Shadow2Rogue Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I thought it was a modified pic but after reading the explanation I was like O.O !!!!!! I didn't think that there would be kind of art like this! Congratulations to you! I was totally astonished!!!
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EminAGX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
Wonderful.
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A1r2i3e4l5 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012
Oh wow this is so beautiful!!!!!! Stunning job!!!! :iconclapplz:
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The-Kyden-Project Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful!
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Neon-fish14 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
this is epic! =D
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AoiGaze Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist
this is really amazing
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ioioio67 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, thats amazing
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tj1985 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
...i see two pictures here, ying-yang ......and a pacman eating a heart :)

love it!
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grandmoonma Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
okay. this is different. I like it. I'm a fan of yin-yang, the philosophy of balance. and the heart for love. yep. I like the image and admire your dedication to get it right for you
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BlackfeetSinopaa Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
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cabcyco Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome.
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abylick Featured By Owner May 4, 2012   Digital Artist
very nice photo! :happybounce:
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant idea.
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felinehoney23 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice! :)
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felinehoney23 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot!
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Sayuri14 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Student Writer
This is beautiful! It really shows the effort you put in it :) Funny thing: at first, I saw the Yin-Yang....and then my brain was like "it could be and human embryo" :P
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FaMz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Your work is truly inspiring! :heart:
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BibiLVM63 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Student General Artist
AWESOME!! :la:
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Fiery-Fire Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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mobile707 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011
Wow!
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Ruby-Orca-616 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This... THIS right here is just beautiful.
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Krazy-Kira-Lynn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
OMG How Do You Do That! Is It A Photo Or Digital?
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BlackSuitDesign Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
Awesome work! Great concept, i can imagine the amount of time and patience this work took! Congratulations! :eyepopping:
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EternalNocturne Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'awww!!!
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grykit Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! but my ocd requires symmetry on both sides :o >_<
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Reefen Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like this for 2 reasons.
The first is that I appreciate anything that shows huge amounts of skill and effort. Secondly you say in the description that the photo is supposed to represent yin and yang, however... to me this looks like a fetus at the early stages of life; accompanied by the heart I believe the picture defines creation, using love.

Which ever way you look at it, it forces your mind think and discover, using skill and determination to blow you away.
In my mind that is the definition of art itself! Well done
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SpEEdyRoBy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Kira-Danna Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
SO AWESOME!!!!
my classmates think so too...
GREAT JOB!
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