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t i f f a n y s by skiphunt t i f f a n y s by skiphunt
There's a strange light in NYC like no other. It's as if the light has been bouncing around the same old haunts for decades... so much so that it's slightly worn and yellowed at the edges.

I'd never been to Tiffany's, but there it was. Dying to see the forbidden treasures under guard inside the luxurious fortress, I wandered about the store oggling the fine sterling diamond-encrusted frogs, and glistening multi-carat dog collars. It was all so glorious and grand... that is, until I noticed my every move was being tracked by stern suited men with ear piece and remote-controlled surveilance cameras. At first I was crushed to be a "suspect". The more I became ashamed of my own poverty, the angrier I got. How dare they! The arrogance! I only wanted to catch a glimpse of decadent opulence... just to dream for a few minutes. I had just as much right to be there as anyone.

Soon, I was gradually herded back towards the multi-level security gates and back onto the street. Back to the dirty-water dog steam and roasted chestnut aroma wafting and mingling with taxi exhaust.

I took one more look back into the forbidden fortress and wished I had actually taken something from them. Then I caught it... a glimpse of that magically strange NYC light creating a dual reflecting dimension in one of Tiffany's precious display windows... So, when no one was looking... I took that instead.


Display window at Tiffany's, NYC
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landless Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2006   Writer
skip, i know you're going to flush this out of the da toilet pretty soon but i gotta say... well, i don't know.

i was just going through my favorites for the first time in a long while and spotted this. it's so... mesmerizing to some part of me. so much of what you've done is.

i know, you hear this all the time. "that's incredible!" "i love this so much!" "oo la la! tres bien!"
well toss mine on the pile. sayonara.
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SiddyGirl Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2006
Wow...This photo is such a mind blower...

And yes, I may be reading a lot into this, but isn't that what art is all about??

Anyway...To me the yellowgold tones speak to the opulence/riches/power and the blue hues scream sky and endless possibility.

Funny how those two tones together create the green colors which often represent money or even land.

~ Riches/Power + Endless Possibility = Money ~

The cycle never ends and the rich keep getting richer...

* I love how the second to the lowest paper lantern (along with the taut hanging strings) create a Taj Mahal effect with the one building, which again plays into the whole Grandiose, Larger Than Life, More Money Than God kind of message.

:star: This photo is a true masterpiece and worth more than ANY piece you could ever find at Tiffany's. :star: :clap:

* This photo is also like a big ole happy party with ballooooooooons!!! :boogie: :sing: :dance: :p
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polarix Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2006
All of your photography is top notch, but this shot came back to haunt me.

I keep a rotating gallery of great photography I've sifted through over the years as my background, and when this one came around I realized it almost has relevance to my current work trying to use reflections and refractions to the maximum.

I have to give you a fav, because it just made my day on the second time around.
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ztormbringer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved the words.
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liquidfire Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2005
This was one of my ultimate favourites from over on TH.
Im glad to see it's lasted a little longer here on DA :lol:
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francescomelloni Featured By Owner May 13, 2005  Professional Photographer
this is really like a paint! wonderful
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nekh Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2005
great picture, i saw it a long time ago at gfx...

you have some nice pictures

oh, and i aks appolagase..
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rykthia Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2005   Writer
oh lovely!
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Koukris Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004
Awesome work....beautiful shot! :hug: I love the surrealism...I definatley thought it was a painting! Great job! :love: :clap:
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IceForest Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2004
What a great manipulation. I like what you've done with the colors.
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skiphunt Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2004  Professional Photographer
thanks! By the way, it's not a "manipulation"... it's a reflection of another building in a Tiffany's shop window. Taken from just the right angle and time of day that each image, the window and reflection, fight for dominance.
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balinlesavage Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2004  Professional Writer
terrific description, nice shot
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aes-unleashed Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2004   Writer
your stories as always

make me fall deeper in love

with your photography
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lexx-stock Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2004
i had breakfast there once. ;-)
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landless Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004   Writer
before I joined da, I wandered your gallery and said, "I'd watch him. if I could. and I'd have shots of his in that favorites box I would. if I could." this was my first favorite, or my most favorite, maybe. oh never came back to take it.
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f0rTyLeGz Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2004
"So, when no one was looking... I took that instead."

Ah... but you didn't take. You gave. Thanks.
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Elysian-Eosys Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2004
Wow what a great capture!!
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kinezumi Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
staring at this is just mesmorizing. the soft colors are entrancing, giving off a very serene feel. I love the detail as well :+fav:
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Aysel786 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
I suppose that most people at one time or another steal glimpses of the desired and impossible to have and wish for it. In this case, prized glittering jewels...You were able to steal an image, without their knowing and made it into a lovely composition fueling it with a story, giving it so much more intrigue.
As always, I enjoy the stories or thoughts you put in along with the image. A really creative composition. It even has a bit of a surrealist touch. I enjoyed looking at it from different angles and uncover its hidden meanings...
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wearmyhat Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
It's got very clever composition. The angle really helps with the texture and the colours as well. It's very beautiful, it's like you got something from Tiffany's afterall. For free as well.

Excellent photo.
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-dark- Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
I like the story that came along with the photo and I obviously love the photo. Great job :).
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teefers Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2004
i thought this was a manip at first. well done, and i agree with polarix.
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Roxsquoggle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004   Photographer
This is a photo? Never :O It looks like some kind of painting, or digital art. I love all those crisp textures, and how the balls pop out at you... very clever
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Aaricia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
It's a very intelligent shoot :) Well seen, well calculated... :)
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ghobian Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
At first glance I thought this was a double exposure...what a wonderful photo skip. It's so great to be able to interact with the artist...to know the stories behind the art and being able to ask questions. :hug:
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patata Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
this is as cool as the work of our french companion :hug:
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jojomercury Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
I don't understand why you did'nt pull out your gold american express card and buy a few things lol.Seriosly this is a fine piece Skip with an almost 3D look the depth of field is so good.You do have a great eye for patterns and shapes.Hope you are well.
Peace&Respect Jojo
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eunoia Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
i looked at the lovely photo and read your description and i can only say that i agree! how dare they indeed.. oh well. thats the system.
it doesnt matter anyway right? you took an excellent shot out of it and you've inspired a lot of people through it. now we're happy. *smiles*
love this shot. amen.
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mi4 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
im still amazed and dazzled by looking at this. i think it has a surreal touch to it, somehow dali springs to my mind.

:+fav:
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mnoo Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Professional Photographer
I am rather enchanted by this effect. There's so many layers and so many beautiful tones and shapes to take in. What a lovely capture, worth a few diamons surely. :)
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peitxon Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
a very clean window!
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yuffi Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2004
great capture. really really great capture.
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xfirejr Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2004
I've always preferred the grit of the pavement outside to the windexed display cases inside anyway. Fantastic work, as always.
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polarix Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2004
And how much more beautiful this is than that which they could have given you.

There's more beauty in the world around us than there is in those display cases. You just have to know how to look.
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