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Doppelgänger
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:50:32 am »
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Doppelgänger:
[dop-uhl-gang-er; Ger. daw-puhl-geng-er]
–noun
a ghostly double or counterpart of a living person.

Doppelgängers are traditionally thought of as an exact copy of yourself living completely unaware of your existence. Generally, a doppelgänger is considered something like an evil twin or darker counter part with the opposite ideals of your own. However, the origin of the word tells of a different creature that predicts death. If you intersect paths with your own doppelgänger, it's advised that you do not engage in any sort of contact, specifically meeting eyes. There have been several reports throughout history of people in power, such as Abraham Lincoln and Queen Elizabeth I, who have seen this type of wraith mere weeks before their own deaths. Marked as an omen of ill fate, the doppelgänger is a rare sight but an inevitable fear.

Despite the Germanic folklore that burned these ideas into our minds, I see the doppelgänger as something different. The purpose of any lore is to instill a sense of fear and caution through telling tall tales loosely based on facts or, more often, misunderstandings. Every person is said to be born with a doppelgänger, though few ever see theirs. What if this myth was actually a mental truth only solidified in "human" form to heighten the anxiety of the story? What if our doppelgänger was mere subconscious imbalance? It is in this thought that I believe our doppelgängers to be the voice in our head that constantly hinders us, the part of our psyche that binds our bad habits and the fire that fuels our untamed tempers. We live alongside these fabled phantoms and combat their oppressive misfortunes on a daily basis. From mundane problems [such as lack of sleep] to major accidents, we are forced to choose between sanity and white walls because of the jaded shadow embedded in our brains. In death, we hope to finally find our true selves, thus our mind lets us rest by granting sight of that within. This is the true nature of a "doppelgänger."

I'm beginning a new series of photos and these are the preliminary shots.










Let me know what you guys think. :)
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Re: Doppelgänger
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 07:17:23 am »
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Holy !@#$% man you are a master of photography D: Seriously
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« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2010, 09:06:50 am »
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O,O ?!! DANG! The b&w one is my favorite. This is AMAZING stuff! Someone needs to pay you money!
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« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2010, 09:54:23 am »
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O,O ?!! DANG! The b&w one is my favorite. This is AMAZING stuff! Someone needs to pay you money!
No kiddin, choice stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2010, 11:31:17 am »
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Pretty cool! That last one is scary.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2010, 12:32:11 pm »
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Love the third one. Seriously, great stuff ^^
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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2010, 01:55:17 pm »
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Where I'm from, we call it "DubbelgÃ¥ngare". By the way, I like your photos.  ;)
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2010, 03:36:50 pm »
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Holy crap! This stuff's really pro, Sprite. I think my favorite's the 3rd one in the bathroom. Seeing your facial expression clearly really puts a mood to the photo I find. The last one's also really cool. Keep up the awesome work as usual.
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2010, 11:38:42 pm »
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Pretty cool! That last one is scary.

agrees with kleav lol
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2010, 02:33:24 am »
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Ahhh wow. Thank you everyone! I really appreciate it. :) I'm working on a new one now, but I may end up re-shooting it. I kind of had to rush while shooting it... plus I was running up and down stairs constantly. But we'll see. Maybe I'll like it more once I bring the two images together lol Thanks again!
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2010, 02:48:33 am »
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Very nice SC!!  In that third one your face reminds me of the Joker from Dark Night. XD
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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2010, 05:21:37 am »
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These look really great. I think the last one is my favorite. Quality photography as usual SC.
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« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2010, 05:48:34 am »
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@Bludleef: Hahahah I totally see the Joker reference! Haha thank you.
@Breedlove Thanks!! I think the fourth is my favorite as well so far.

I added two more that I took yesterday and today if you guys just want to check them out. :P I'm hoping to continue this project for a while and see where I can take it. I haven't decide if I'm going to include other people or if I'd like to keep it more personal.. we'll see. I'll get tired of taking photos of myself soon enough lol
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2010, 05:59:00 am »
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Awesome photos. I really like the concept of your photos and you definitely succeeded.  ;)

Offtopic: omg you made the effort of using  "ä" in every "Doppelgänger" in your post.  :o
I never use it since I have an American keyboard and I use "ae" instead.
 
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« Reply #15 on: April 24, 2010, 07:13:46 am »
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Out of the six, I think the sixth catches the point the easiest, but the fourth looks like your twin is going to stab you from the back as soon as you walk through the door.
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@Miragos: Haha thank you! I actually can't even make the symbol on my keyboard because I don't have a number pad. :P So I have to just keep copy and pasting it! Thanks again.

@Random: Well that's sort of the point. Doppelgänger's are a sign of death, so some of these were meant to illustrate that. But the photos are also about a mental struggle with yourself throughout your lifetime, so some of them cater to that and the effects of self-imposed emotional abuse. Thanks for the comment.
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@Random: Well that's sort of the point. Doppelgänger's are a sign of death, so some of these were meant to illustrate that. But the photos are also about a mental struggle with yourself throughout your lifetime, so some of them cater to that and the effects of self-imposed emotional abuse. Thanks for the comment.
I ment litteraly a twin. Like it doesn't seem like an alternate you, just one "made" with you.
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« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2010, 02:08:24 pm »
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Oh hey, you put up two more! I like the new ones :). The 5th looks pretty creepy, and the 6th is pretty adorable.
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« Reply #19 on: April 24, 2010, 02:43:58 pm »
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Love the symmetry in the sixth one. Keep it up :D
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