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illuminate the darkness by AljoschaThielen illuminate the darkness by AljoschaThielen
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It seems as if your hand is a peripheral manifestation of your mind as a whole. You holding the candle is like you are blissfully sustaining a minimalistic burden. The wax melting and forming it's way to the contours of your hand and the fact that the wax is sustaining the flame is as if the provide a metaphorical transition between you and the fire an even more real manifestation of your acceptance of the candle. You generate the overall vibe that the candle is not an unwelcome presence. I like how your hand almost fades out of view towards the bottom edge of the picture generating the concept that your hand is levitating further denoting the concept that the hand is a conceptual representation of you but not a literal one. I have to cap this off by saying I love and adore the powerful asthetics of the nice strong flame, this is well created.
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The feelings I get from this picture are of patience and enlightenment. Candles, especially melted ones give the image age as they are no longer a common source of illumination now days and given how long it takes to actually melt one. Patience is shown by the fact that the wax has run down the hand in multiple areas, in long beaded streams. The feeling of enlightenment is that of the bright flame in the dark. With so many emotions in such a simple picture, which I'm sure was in no way simple to take, I cannot help but to love this picture and the symbolism it carries with it.
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:iconlostfallenhero:
LostFallenHero Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student General Artist
Very beautiful photograph :meow:
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconkoichi-psychogarden:
Koichi-PsychoGarden Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I can´t stop looking at the photo, is mesmerizing ...
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
I love these kinds of photos.
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome.
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013   Traditional Artist
Looks painful but beautiful
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! But it doesn't hurt ;)
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:iconcorrupteds0ul:
Corrupteds0ul Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Awesome work!!!!
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks.
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:iconcorrupteds0ul:
Corrupteds0ul Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
YW
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:iconpicture-bandit:
Picture-Bandit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Every time I look at this image I wince a bit. But the image here would have made the pain worth enduring!

Included it in to my monthly journal feature -> [link]
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:icontristencoy:
TristenCoy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
That is really neat and creative ^^
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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:icontristencoy:
TristenCoy Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem x)
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:iconkriskristina:
kriskristina Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i love the candle and melting wax on the hand !!
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconwaiting-for-wings:
waiting-for-wings Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I featured this in my journal! :D [link]
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:iconnamvareh:
namvareh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
coool.........
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconppfotografie:
PPFotografie Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Tat das nicht weh :o ?
Super Bild !!
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nein, kaum.. :P Aber dankeschön! :)
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:iconellen-grieves:
ellen-grieves Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of what life is about, the ever burning candle we strive to keep lit and the wax is the ordeals that life throws at us, shedding each drop thickly into our skin; marking it as a reminder for later on when we look back in said life. Beautiful shot!
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconsushidesigns:
SushiDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student Photographer
WOW very beautiful image! great light and reflections on the wax. The atmosphere and lighting seems to me like a painting of Rembrandt...
Very stunning.
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :tighthug:
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:iconixithelegend:
IXITHELEGEND Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Did this take long? I bet you had to tip your hand around to even out the wax. This is REALLY cool!
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconxxtriquetraxx:
XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this real???
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course ;)
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:iconxxtriquetraxx:
XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!!! The candle is burning in someone's hand for real??? How did they not get hurt?
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:iconstrangeanima:
StrangeAnima Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
How hot it is varies widely depending on the brand and what additives they use. If you want to be safe you can get specialty candles specifically designed for dripping on skin.
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:iconxxtriquetraxx:
XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa! I didn't know those were even made! Cool!!
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:iconstrangeanima:
StrangeAnima Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes they do. In fact, I recently came across some specially designed to not only be very mild but specifically designed so all the colors feel the same in terms of heat. Remember, it's not just temperature that matters as thermal conductivity and specific heat are also very important.
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XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huh, so some colors are hotter than others? That is also interesting
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:iconstrangeanima:
StrangeAnima Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That is often the case and scents do the same thing. It all has to do with the number of calories (amount of heat) being transferred to the skin and how quickly that happens. As an extreme example, you can hold a 2000 degree white hot space shuttle tile in your hand safely for up to 10 seconds. Of course it varies from candle to candle so if you are using regular store bought candles be careful and drip one or two drops on your wrist from about 18 inches away to start. Of course, beeswax should be avoided like the plague.

Even most such specialty candles are not designed so that all colors feel the same, the only ones I have seen like that are made by "the crimson hedonist" on etsy. Please be careful.
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, it's my hand ;)
You can try, it doesn't hurt that much :D
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:iconstrangeanima:
StrangeAnima Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Depends on the candle though. That's why you do a wrist test or even better get candles designed for that.
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:iconxxtriquetraxx:
XxTriquetraxX Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
whoa! props to you!
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:iconmolly0201:
molly0201 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eep! Doesn't that hurt? :noes:
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nop :P
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:iconpeytonjune:
PeytonJune Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
whoa.
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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:iconsaru-cosplay:
Saru-Cosplay Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
Amazing!! <3
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :aww:
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:iconacilya:
Acilya Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great photo :)
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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skyleermeo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Wow, das Feeling, dass dieses Bild rüber bringt ist einfach toll, es hat einen kleinen Gänsehauteffekt, das Bild ist sehr gut gelungen und wirklich sehr

amazing
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:iconaljoschathielen:
AljoschaThielen Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen Dank! :)
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