One of four images. I’ll upload the other 3 over the next few days.

No one was hurt during the taking of these images. :-) The rope was loose and all the effects (including the barcode) were added in Photoshop.

Although it’s a ‘scary’ picture with all it implies, to me it also has a strange beauty. In a way reconising you are bound is the first step to freedom. The barcode is to indicate how much we are bound nowadays by brands and labels (not just the marketing kind either). We all seem to be held fast by the labels people attach to us to make it easier to put us into a drawer and forget about us.

All images my own or stock. Edited in Photoshop.


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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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  • annacuypers
    annacuypersabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful and powerful work Sybille ! xxo

  • Many many thanks Anna. :-) Much appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • strawberries
    strawberriesabout 2 years ago

    brilliant work Sybille! xx

  • Many many thanks Strawberries. :-) Much appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Zi-O
    Zi-Oabout 2 years ago

    Bravo—- artistically and the metaphor

  • Many many thanks Zi-O. :-) Much appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • VampireLily
    VampireLilyabout 2 years ago

    it’s a powerful image in it’s darkness…. i love the shadowed tones in it.

  • Many many thanks Lily. :-) Much appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanabout 2 years ago

    Powerful image Sybille !!

  • Many many thanks Dwarkan. :-) Much appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

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  • Wow! Thank you so much Kira. :-) xoxo

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  • michael scott
    michael scottabout 2 years ago

    dramatic….sensational work. wonderfully artistic

  • Thanks so much Michael, greatly appreciated. :-)

    – Sybille Sterk

  • Heather King
    Heather Kingabout 2 years ago

    brilliant and powerful work♥

  • Thanks so much Heather, greatly appreciated. :-) ♥

    – Sybille Sterk

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 05/11/2012
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  • Thanks so much Deborah, greatly appreciated. :-) xo

    – Sybille Sterk

  • tori yule
    tori yuleabout 2 years ago

    understand completely, excellent work, Sybille

  • Thanks so much Tori, greatly appreciated. :-) xo ♥

    – Sybille Sterk

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