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Feeling of emptiness

Surrealistic photomontage... no 3D involved. Comments are welcome. Best regards, Ben


Paula Grenside , January 24, 2005; 01:33 A.M.


creative and disturbing. The egg and hole in the belly: separation from the fetus, in my read. The touch of fog/smoke passing thrugh the hole/belly is usperb. Excellent and absolutely originl. If I have a tiny nit, it's just about the fog ( if you didn't do it on purpose), I expected it to pass through the center/hole of the woman on the left. Wonderful hues and texture, too.

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Sevtap Agabay - Isik , January 24, 2005; 01:53 A.M.


I can just imagine how much thinking and effort you put in it. It is done perfectly. Being a female, I can relate to this image very much. You are a great artist.

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Ben Goossens , January 24, 2005; 01:54 A.M.

Paula, your suggestion about the fog comming true the left figure could impove the concept... thanks for the tip. I will correct it.

Best regards, ben

Francesco Favretto , January 24, 2005; 02:27 A.M.


Sei un mostro di bravura e fantasia

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Wilson Tsoi , January 24, 2005; 02:42 A.M.


Ben, this coicides with the US, "Roe vs. Wade," legalization of abortion ruling several decades ago. Message-wise, I'll just leave it at that.

Really well done, again! ^_^

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Hans de Graaf , January 24, 2005; 02:57 A.M.

Love your work

Ben, Close to perfect! Question: 3 holes, 1 egg; intentional?

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Pitman Lee , January 24, 2005; 04:41 A.M.

Wonderful! what an imagination you must have!!

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Wernher S , January 24, 2005; 04:42 A.M.


The image is superb. I would like to know something more pedantic: how much time goes into a production like this and secondly, have you considered creating a tutorial to share your knowledge?

Regards, Wernher

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walter niessner , January 24, 2005; 06:54 A.M.

Holy Moses !

Thats really something,it gets to the bone !

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Igor Laptev , January 24, 2005; 08:40 A.M.

Amazing work!

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Dusan Lazarevic , January 24, 2005; 09:03 A.M.


Wonderful work and right title I suppose be cause I am not a woman...

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Simone Maria Navarra , January 24, 2005; 09:43 A.M.

Very well done, you are really getting good at this :) My only minor comment is that the egg is not blending with the background as good as the rest, but maybe it's my monitor and the compressed size.


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Peter Pham , January 24, 2005; 09:43 A.M.

Excellent work.!Creatively.!Thannks for sharing..7/7

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Marielou Dhumez , January 24, 2005; 10:46 A.M.

Absolutely fabulous Art Work !

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Elwin Estle , January 24, 2005; 11:27 A.M.

Just flat out KEWL!!!!

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Biliana Rakocevic , January 24, 2005; 12:24 P.M.


Excellent as ever dear Ben! Biliana

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Bolti Ankheen , January 24, 2005; 01:22 P.M.

U are an Artist 6/7

Great Idea, Great work as usual Ben.


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Vezon Thierry , January 24, 2005; 02:04 P.M.

As usual

Excellent as usual.

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kristin morales , January 24, 2005; 03:33 P.M.

just incredible...you get better and better. love the female trinity.

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Jim McConnell , January 24, 2005; 05:01 P.M.

Very good graphic art, but it is not a photograph, 0/0

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André McNichols , January 24, 2005; 05:53 P.M.

Good joke Jim

Great concept, very well executed. I agree with the previous comment about the egg not being integrated as well as the other components into the image but overall it's art gallery material.

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Bilgo jol production -Rouzes- , January 24, 2005; 08:10 P.M.


Good job!!!

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Miguel Laranjeira , January 25, 2005; 03:57 A.M.

just wonderful as everything you have made until now.

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Nova Storm , January 25, 2005; 06:36 A.M.

Let me be the first to say! WOW ;) Very well thought out, conceived and executed. 7/7 Cheers Nova~

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Ben Goossens , January 25, 2005; 07:08 A.M.


... for the comments and ratings:-)))

Regards, Ben

John H. , January 25, 2005; 07:55 P.M.

Excellent artistry. BTW, How much actual photography, as opposed to graphic design, is contained in the image?

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Evgeniy Shaman , January 26, 2005; 04:35 A.M.

nice work

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Saul Santos Diaz , January 26, 2005; 04:12 P.M.


formidable que capacidad de creacion y originalidad, es increible, felicidades

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Kim Slonaker , January 30, 2005; 12:20 P.M.

A strong image that will speak to many. Always enjoy your work, Ben.

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Steve Bingham , February 05, 2005; 11:14 P.M.

I LOVE your mind! Every single image you create is a masterpiece. You have combined the art of photography and computer rendering to an extremely high level - and yet maintained strong emotional content in the process! Pair of 7s of course. But who cares!

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Peta . , February 10, 2005; 12:19 P.M.

Well glad to be below Steve's eloquent comment as he speaks for me too, great work Ben!

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Ri©k Vincent , February 25, 2005; 01:05 P.M.


I've seen this effect before. Goldi Hawn from the movie "Death Becomes Her". Had a hole blown right through her. Great concept piece.

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Dilber Seckin , February 26, 2005; 07:06 P.M.


Absolutely Excellent!

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Frunze Verdi , March 26, 2005; 07:04 P.M.

+ + +

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Alex Milarakis , April 06, 2005; 08:30 A.M.

A creative art work. Excellent !

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Elena Platonova , May 04, 2005; 07:39 A.M.


Very fine!

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Randall Paul , May 07, 2005; 05:04 P.M.

Great piece of design work must have taken a great amount of time. I just lve al the elements of this image

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Sarkis Baghramyan , May 29, 2005; 03:35 P.M.



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Leon Fernandess , June 06, 2005; 01:26 A.M.

Really so inspired and so original . A Masterpiece !!!


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Luis Argüelles , July 08, 2005; 04:04 P.M.

Sorry to disagree, but I don't like it. While the technical virtuosity is beyond any doubt, I don't think this is photography. Image creation at the computer, yes, but no photography.

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Emrah Icten , August 01, 2005; 04:54 P.M.

amazing ! ...

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Paul Louis Villani , December 26, 2005; 08:47 A.M.


You're a very talented artist! Keep up the great work!

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Roy Lohr , February 27, 2006; 11:20 A.M.

Move over Dali. I think your work is great. I would love to know how it was assembled. 7/7

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Lin k , May 16, 2006; 01:34 P.M.



This is one of the great piece I have seen. I am curious to know how do you make the 3D effect for the objects. Are you using any 3D tool or you are using PS to get this done. If you could give some steps on how this is done, it would be great.

Thanks -L

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Ben Goossens , May 21, 2006; 03:34 A.M.

Hi Lin K, everything is made with Photoshop and no 3D involved. For example: the standing egg is transfromed with the filter "Tranform: spherize". The marble structure is in overlay on the dulls. The floor was a shooting of a marble plate and transformed with KPT filter "planar tilling" In total there are 6 photo's involved.

I hope I have been of any help.

regards, Ben

Michael K , July 13, 2006; 05:25 P.M.

Where's the photo?

Photo.net should launch a sister site focused solely on Photoshop art. I feel that these composites are saturating the galleries here with images that have little or nothing to do with photography.

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Delia Lorenzo , November 27, 2006; 02:15 P.M.

I love it. I love surrealist works and that makes me think so much, inspires me a lot of feelings. I am not an artitistic photographer in this sense. I love do landscapes but if I see something like that I would like to know how i could create it with photography. thank you very much for this photomontage. Wonderful! Greetings, Delia.

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Steve Bingham , December 09, 2006; 01:41 P.M.

I feel Michael does not quite get the significance of what Ben's work is about. It has everything to do with photography. First he had to photograph six suitable subjects. (Properly exposed, composed, lighted, and created.). Then he had to have the creative (and technical) ability to merge these six photographs into one single image. No simple task. Lighting, tonality, composition, emotional content, and color - all functions of a good photograph - had to be created. His work is many steps beyond a simple photograph - much like a symphony is different from a solo performance.

Ben's work follows closely those famous PHOTOGRAPHERS that came before him: Jerry Uelsmann, Duane Michaels, Robert Heinecken, and currently Misha Gordin. And many others.

As Ansel Adams once said, "Photographs are made, not taken." I would strongly suggest that Michael take more time away from photo.net and spend it at the library reading about the masters of photography. I have spent over 50 years as a photographer (30 as an instructor) and I have seen hundreds of thousands of photographs over these many years.

Should photo.net be dedicated solely to snapshots and straight photography? I think not! How many sunset pictures can you look at before they all start blending together - and you can't remember one from the other? On the other hand, you will remember some of Ben's work should you see it again. Strong composition combined with strong emotional content. Good tonality. Interesting and unusual concepts. Unique creativity.

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songmin lu , March 09, 2007; 09:38 P.M.

very good PS

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Biswajit Pandey , August 02, 2007; 03:52 A.M.



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Kristina Kraft , August 02, 2007; 06:51 A.M.

You said right! Good point. Interesting idea!

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Nancy Chuang , August 02, 2007; 11:10 A.M.

Amazing work. And here I've been fooling myself into thinking I was pretty well versed in Photoshop. I can't imagine the steps involved in this, or how long it would take. Really just beautiful and thoughtful.

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Jeff Evans , August 02, 2007; 11:31 A.M.

I have to agree with the other person who did not care for this image. While impressive as a technical accomplishment, this image itself does absolutely nothing for me. I applaud Ben's PS wizardry, but the surreal photomontages that are frequently heralded on PN consistently put me off. There is nothing here I can relate to. Thus, I am not drawn into the image. This looks like the kind of thing you might purchase from the poster shop at the mall and hang in a shiny black plastic frame in your teenager's bedroom. If you want to portray emptiness, I think you could probably come up with a way of doing it in the studio or in the field.

Again, just my dissenting opinion.


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Abilio I.G. , August 02, 2007; 07:14 P.M.

I too will disagree with Steve Bingham. The fact that several photos were used (for backgrounds and such) and "photo"-shop (Hmmm.... I wonder if this same argument would have been used had Adobe product had been called, say, "Mr. Proper"...) was employed doesn't turn this work into a "photo-graph". Nobody is cuestioning neither the superb technical skills of the author (which are obvious) nor his talent and creativity which are also evident.

Again, this is is (or at least should be) a photographic forum. As it has been suggested maybe a sister forum for graphical design artist should be created. THis is NOT photography by any stretch of the imagination.

PD- Incidentally, congratulations Ben Goossens for such excellent art work.

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George Koutsilieris , November 14, 2007; 08:08 A.M.


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Andrew Ortwein , February 06, 2008; 05:32 P.M.

While I commend Ben for his beautiful artwork, I would never call it photography. Instead, he's a conceptual artist who uses the camera as his tool. In which case I strongly disagree with Steve, and I think he has just about everything backwards.

"Ben's work follows closely those famous PHOTOGRAPHERS that came before him: Jerry Uelsmann, Duane Michaels, Robert Heinecken, and currently Misha Gordin. And many others."

The difference between Ben and those famous photographers is that they print straight film to create their images, where Ben takes the images and completely changes them. Once you start warping things, adding special filters, colorizing, etc, the photograph becomes graphic art. Sure, it started with a few photographs, but it turned into something completely different. (Not saying thats a bad thing)

"As Ansel Adams once said, 'Photographs are made, not taken.'"

Ansel Adams also spent hours waiting for the sun to light his subject. In my opinion, you've taken this quote out of context.

"Should photo.net be dedicated solely to snapshots and straight photography? I think not! How many sunset pictures can you look at before they all start blending together - and you can't remember one from the other? On the other hand, you will remember some of Ben's work should you see it again. Strong composition combined with strong emotional content. Good tonality. Interesting and unusual concepts. Unique creativity."

Yes, if I see Ben's work again I will likely remember it. But the same holds true to any straight photographer with a unique vision or image. I can't believe a photographer would follow straight photography with sunset images - that's not what we all do! Many of us can still have unique visions without the use of photoshop.

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Herman Du Plessis , January 22, 2010; 02:01 A.M.

Just fantastic! Can't agree more on all the positive feedback -yes, I am also missing the other two eggs???

I love the texture and the backgrounds

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