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Phoenix Rising by Andrew Paranavitana

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The legend of the phoenix.

A mythical bird that lives for an eternity in cycles of 500 to 1000 years, ending every life cycle by igniting in flames and turning to ash, only to be reborn from the very ashes itself. It’s rebirth as a stronger and more powerful entity.

Stories of the phoenix have been told as far back as ancient Egyptian times.

This is a very personal piece. It’s one that I have needed to create for a long time. It’s also one that I didn’t know how to create, or even if I would be able to. I recently saw this piece by Rob Toombs and was inspired to complete my own version. Big thank you to Rob for giving me the artistic push, via this incredible piece of art!

Around a decade ago, I was put through an incredibly testing time. I had been permanently injured in a car crash, was dealing with a death from the same crash and having legal proceedings to deal with. This period of my life went on for seven years.

I was lost and unable to deal with anything I was experiencing. Over time I realised the only way to get through this was to face it, deal with it, burn with it and hopefully survive. So I did just that. I burned.. badly for a while, but in the aftermath, I saw that I survived. A stronger and more powerful person than I was before.

The phoenix is my connection to the new world I now live.

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Canon 50D
55 – 250, 58mm

Original RAW file converted in Photoshop CS5. Fire texture from www.deviantart.com – free use stock: janhatesmarcia and one of my own. Bird image reworked from my own photo below.

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

Recreating the world as we forgot it..

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Comments

  • Caterpillar
    Caterpillaralmost 3 years ago

    Great work Andrew, really impressive!

  • Thank you very much, Kasia!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Dani D.
    Dani D.almost 3 years ago

    Very stunning Andrew! Would make a stunning Tee, i think.

  • Thanks a lot, mate! Not sure I can bring myself to recreate it just yet, but could be done in the future!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • © Pauline Wherrell
    © Pauline Wher...almost 3 years ago

    This is absolutely amazing work and a great portrayal of the emotions that you must have had to go through – really wonderful! I will look at the link now.

  • That means a great deal to me, Pauline, thank you so much!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • vampvamp
    vampvampalmost 3 years ago

    tre colio…thank you for sharing & firing on! :)

  • Thanks heaps mate! Can’t stop firing here now! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...almost 3 years ago

    Fave* & google+ ;~}

  • So kind of you, Val! Many thanks, my friend!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Ulla Jensen
    Ulla Jensenalmost 3 years ago

    I’ve always loved the tale of Phoenix …. and I can see that it helped you as well in some way to get over your ordeal. I’m glad you’re on the right track, mate !
    Fantastic image you have created here….very emotive. Take care x

  • It has helped in so many ways, Ulla. Your words mean a lot to me! A big thank you, mate!!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 3 years ago

    Nicely done!! . . .
    I just uploaded a Firebird myself . . .

  • Thanks a lot, Hugh!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • EvaAn68
    EvaAn68almost 3 years ago

    O M G……….. simply amazing…. gosh you’re good mate :D
    Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugs….

  • Pleased you like it, mate! Thanks so much :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • LookOutBelow
    LookOutBelowalmost 3 years ago

    My god! WOW! This is quite a unique one of yours mate!
    Nothing like any of your work in my opinion!

    Keep em’ coming man!

  • That was the very intention I had with this one, mate! My most personally important piece so far, so I am really happy to hear that! Thanks a lot mate.

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 3 years ago

    Brilliant work Andrew!! And I love the legend… :))

  • Thank you so much, Vikki! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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