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Controlling Adversity by Andrew Paranavitana

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This is a collaboration between Maria Moro and myself. Maria asked me work on one of the photos she took on her recent visit to Melbourne. This is the finished piece. The original can be seen below, click on the framed piece to access the page.

Maria and I spent the whole of one Saturday roaming around Melbourne on a photo shoot.. and what a day that was! This piece commemorates that day for me, friends meeting and having a great day together, doing the things they enjoy the most. This is the way I control adversity.

I’d like to thank Maria for the great opportunity of collaborating with her on this piece. It’s always such a great experience working with another artist, but that is heightened in a huge way when they are also your friend.

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Photo was taken outside St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne. Australia.

Textures from free use stock: struckdumb plus some of my own stock.

Original piece by Maria Moro:

Edited 11pm

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • Natalie Ord
    Natalie Ordover 4 years ago

    Powerful shot. Great to hear about collaborations and photo-roaming. Well done :)

  • Thanks so much Natalie! Can’t think of many things that make me happier :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

    WOW! This is wonderful work Andrew. Well done Maria for such a dramatic POV on the original image, and and Andrew for the fantastic processing giving this so much mood & emotion. – I feel like that crown of thorns is about to be placed on my own head, and it’s ominous & terrifying!

    well done both of you :))

  • Rosemary, thank you so much! I am so glad this piece has come across so strongly. You connect with this one so well, I really felt the same things you did here. The element of fear really grabbed me when I saw the original photo. Really appreciate your thoughts here, thanks so very much mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • scottimages
    scottimagesover 4 years ago

  • I am absolutely honoured by this! Thank you so much.. words cannot express how this makes me feel!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Maria  Moro
    Maria Moroover 4 years ago

    Oh my dear Andrew….. I’m so over the moon with this image…. you’ve created such drama & intensity here… I visioned it to be filled with a very dark & sober mood … man you sure nailed it for me……. she no longer is a statue… the tone & contours on her face and arms are so life like… she is very real and so is the emotion………this is superb and I’m so proud of what you have done here….. thank you so much… OMG.. I’m going on and on and on….
    A big hug from me…. you’re the man…lol

  • I am so happy to hear that Maria! Soon as you sent this to me, the finished piece formed in my mind. That almost never happens with my creations. I felt this one strongly and was able to apply those emotions. Thank you, thank you, thank you for allowing me to work on one of your pieces, it’s such an honour to work together and I can’t wait to do it again!! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • RickGeorge
    RickGeorgeover 4 years ago

    You certainly have way way for this type of work, very classy Andrew…kudos!

  • Thanks very much Rick, I appreciate that mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Durham White
    Durham Whiteover 4 years ago

    really like what you’ve done with this… really taken it to another level… great when the initial photo can set things up so well ~ great perspective from Maria & manipulation from you Andrew… cooL!!

  • Hey thanks a lot mate! Glad you feel this one D :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    inst fav Andrew very nice work and such a powerful image

  • Thanks a lot Christine, appreciate the fave! Glad you feel the mood in this :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Rebecca Cozart
    Rebecca Cozartover 4 years ago

    Agree…powerful shot.

  • Thanks a lot Rebecca :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • DragonFlyer
    DragonFlyerover 4 years ago

    Absolutely superb work from you both!
    Congratulations Maria on such a powerful pov in the original photo – and Andrew – your standards in post-processing are just climbing higher and higher!
    This image just MAY be the motivator to get me roaming slightly further away from my home base….
    Congratulations both :)))
    K xxx

  • Wow, what a comment K! Thank you so very much!! Just to know that this may spark a bit of positive change has made me so happy. I love the connection we have! This is excellent :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • micheleirene
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    Soooo coool! Two very inspirational and special people working together to create amazing art! Maria’s original is awesome and what you have done with it is pretty awesome too :) Ok, one day when I make it over there hopefully the three of us can hang out for a day! Great collab guys :)

  • Shellfish! Thank you so much!! We are so long overdue for a hang out.. but when you make it back here, yes, it’s on! Hope you are going well Shell, we need to catch up soon :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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