Emancipation  by Johanne Brunet


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Homage to my mom…

The sun is rising, east of a woman’s freshly emancipated soul.

With sheer delight she will watch her new freedom rise and grow strong, carrying her accross the ocean of her life.

Eagerly riding the tides, she will brave strong currents and beautiful agitated seas, fighting her way through occasional storms, tasting the salt of life, and collecting a wealth of souvenirs and precious lessons along the way.

Once on the west side of her existence, the time when she will be able to look back peacefully upon her itinerary will grow near.

The emancipation will then be complete, after slowly unfolding over a lifetime. Respite will appear in the guise of serenity and of a well deserved inner peace.

A life of emancipation and metamorphosis, in a changing world.

The photos used in this image are all mine, except for the one of my young mom at 19, obviously. I used the following photos:

Early magic
Regal Butterfly
Here Comes The Sun

It is my first attempt at creating a composite image, using several layers in Photoshop and blending them in overlay or soft-light mode. Levels, curves, gradient maps and channel mixers adjustment layers were also used to tweak the image a bit. Drop shadows were added to the two portrait cutouts to soften the edges and procure a little bit of depth.

Featured in the group Images and Ideas on March 18, 2009

Featured in ! Inspired Art ! on April 28, 2010

Sold matted print to unknown buyer on June 16, 2009


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  • LilyMunroe
    LilyMunroeover 5 years ago

    Wow Johanne, goosebumps!!! so beautiful, the images and words! Love :)

  • Thank you Lily! It means a lot to me that you like it!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetover 5 years ago

    Jo, en bon québécois….. C’est écoeuramment beau et bien fait. T’as du génie tu sais?

  • Merci, ma soeur! On a du génie, tu veux dire! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 5 years ago

    Oh I love how you combined both images to give that whole perspective over time…. Just a beautiful lady yesterday and today. Excellent text describing our transition through time…

  • Thank you Joanne! I’m glad that you like it. I was starting to think that it was a flop, with so little comments, but it might just be due to the fact that it’s not everybody’s cup of tea… :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetover 5 years ago

    I posted below a free translation of my mom’s response to this image, sent on January 25, by email .

    WOW !

    I’m flabbergasted and you brought tears to my eyes. It reconciles me with the fact of seeing myself in photo .

    It’s a brilliant idea, professionally executed. Usually, I can’t seem to recognize myself in a photo from the image I carry in my mind but I do now. Anyone can see how much work was put into the creation of this masterpiece and its accompanying text .

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for making me so happy about my decision to trust you and your sister with this photo shoot .


  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful!!!!! xoxoxoxxoxoxo

  • Thank you Sally! :-)

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Carole Brunet
    Carole Brunetabout 5 years ago

    Congrats on your top ten in May’s Feature Challenge of Stilness Speaks group.

  • Thank you Sister! Gotta tell mom that she placed in the Top Ten again! LOL!

    – Johanne Brunet

  • ☼Laughing Bones☾
    ☼Laughing Bones☾over 3 years ago

    please add this to “The Group 2 a day” not just the challenge – thank you – Bezay

  • ooops! Sorry about that… just did.

    – Johanne Brunet

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 2 years ago

    Very beautiful work, Johanne! I am trying for his mind-set. Not so easy though! lol

  • Nadya Johnson
    Nadya Johnsonover 2 years ago

    ps. Hope you will add this to Beautiful Blends!

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 2 years ago

    Congratulations on Mar 19 2012 for the Remembrances Challenge!

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