Sixth in a new series called Dissembling
dis·sem·ble (d-smbl)

v. dis·sem·bled, dis·sem·bling, dis·sem·bles1. To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance. See Synonyms at disguise.2. To make a false show of; feign.To disguise or conceal one’s real nature, motives, or feelings behind a false appearance.

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The series is about the different guises and masks we wear.

This particular image is about the way we disguise ourselves so we fit in and don’t ‘stick out’ by making ourselves look and behave the same as everyone else. Thus, we, in our individuality become almost invisible and we don’t notice the wood or even a single tree for the multitude of trees.



Others in the series:


Portrait by Blair-W

Autumn In Transilvania by UmbraDeNoapte-Stock
Grass Stock by bagnaj97
Roots-stock by FractalAngel-Stock

_Textures _
6 Faves Texture Sets 4 by Shadowhouse

Perfect Portrait 3 Action by TheCoffeeshopBlog
Freebie Actions (Veruca Salt) by Apples & Sisters

CS3 Great Hike Foliage Brushes by mynti
Spanish Moss Brushes by redheadstock

All others images/textures/brushes my own



dissembling, disguise, mask, guise, woods, tree, forest, photo manipulation, altered art, magpiemagic, sybille sterk, textures, grunge, emotional

I am a very creative person and it’s my way of dealing with the world, inside and out. I am only happy when I am making things or painting or writing. There are just not enough hours in the day…. I am into poetry and photo manipulation at the moment and also dabbling in photography. :-)

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  • linaji
    linajialmost 3 years ago

    seee… again so different using the same subject.. I love this series Sybille

  • Thank you so much Linaji. :-) Greatly appreciated. Still thinking about the next one. xoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • fotowagner
    fotowagneralmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 3 years ago

    These are fabulous Sybille, – I love every one. each is different, but all have such a strong message. This one has such a haunting expression, it makes me tingle.

  • Thank you so much Anna. :-) Greatly appreciated. I am so glad they work. I worried that by using the same face each time people would get bored with them… xoxoxo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Pat Moore
    Pat Moorealmost 3 years ago

    Another great one Sybille!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Pat. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnalmost 3 years ago

    I love this one – especially

  • Thank you so much Anne. :-) Greatly appreciated. I thought it would be one many people could relate to. We all at times try to just fit in and not stick out. with some of us our individuality asserts itself pretty quickly but with others it becomes a way of life. :-(

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchalmost 3 years ago

    fabulous work Sybille

  • Thank you so much Lissy. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 3 years ago

    Awesome!! GREAT series!! :)

  • Thank you so much Keith. :-) Greatly appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • SquarePeg
    SquarePegalmost 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much James. :-) Greatly appreciated.

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 3 years ago

    Blending in to the background…… I have that down to a fine art and then I go and open my big gob and well…. ;O)

  • Thank you so much KS. :-) Greatly appreciated. I’ve never learnt the blending technique. ROFL Maybe one day…. although I hope not. It’s far more fun to be me. ;-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Sean McBain
    Sean McBainalmost 3 years ago

    This series is beyond fantastic! You change the whole mood and character with just the change of colour and texture! Total fav!

  • Thank you so much Sean. :-) Greatly appreciated. The idea behind using the same portrait each time was to draw attention to the ‘changes’ and the differences or the masks, rather than to the face. :-) Glad it works. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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