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in the wings of innocence

in the wings of innocence
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2007-08
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Black and White Favs, mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-23 3:59
Viewed: 2551
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 128
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In western culture Christmas is a season that appeals to «spirituality», and, at the same time, to a great «materiality» expressed in an intense consumption. People buy everything (those who can...) and simultaneously are attacked by feelings of great «spirituality»; as if this attenuated some guilt associated with that «material fever».

This dialectic between «spirituality» vs. «materiality» in Christmas time is a cultural paradox that deserves reflection. About it, I do not resist to transcribe an extract of the following reflection of an angel:

«... It's great to live by the spirit, to testify day by day for eternity, only what's spiritual in people's minds. But sometimes I'm fed up with my spiritual existence. Instead of forever hovering above I'd like to feel a weight grow in me to end the infinity and to tie me to earth. I'd like, at each step, each gust of wind, to be able to say "Now." Now and now", and no longer "forever" and "for eternity..."». (Extract of a speech of angel Damiel to angel Cassiel, in the film «Wings of Desire», by Wim Wenders (1987), with a remarkable soundtrack of Nick Cave and «Bad Seeds»);

By me, I do love Christmas special feelings and spirituality; but... I do love also the wonderful materiality of buying gifts for those I love... It is an opportunity to come back and fly again in the «wings of innocence»… even if for a little time.
This means that I live the paradox…


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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2008-12-23 4:09]
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Hi Jose,

it is scary....reading your note with exact thoghts I just written for one of my future photo. Now I will have to change them! :))
Living in paradox...isn't that what life is all about? Being sad is knowing how to be happy, being polite is knowing how mean we can be, being a friend to someone is also to know how difficult it is when being alone... There is no light without dark, there is no yes without no, there is no man without woman (and vice versa).
And there is no beauty in angel without faith.
Most beautiful photo of bright side and with paradox creeping in bottom right corner. So that she shines even brighter. She, angel.

All the best,

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-12-23 4:26]

Bom dia Jose
I must say the note is superb.
The photo is a pefect conection.
The composition is very well done and unusal.
And you are ridht about the infinite paradoxes of life. Life...
A good life to you
Um abraço

Hello Jose!
What a note!! A well written note and a well composed picture too.
Wishing a holly jolly christmas to you and your family!


Ciao Jose,
I do like the fact that you chose to post a young angel to celebrate the holiday season. Christmas is indeed especially celebrated for children. A might fine conversion to b&w. Happy holidays my friend. Regards...Danilo

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  • Kli Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 15 N: 199] (2054)
  • [2008-12-23 5:33]

Bonjour José,
Charmant petit ange. J'aime beaucoup les teintes qui font ressembler ce clichés aux photos d'antan. Belle note également.
Joyeux Noël !


Hi Jose,
"The rose and the thorn, and sorrow and gladness are linked together”
Muslih-uddin Sadi

Pefect notes, well suited to theme. Merry christmas to you and loved ones.
Selahattin E

What an adorable little girl!!! I love it that you decided to go with black and white for this shot. I am adding it to my favorites and a theme of mine. Excellent note and very interesting effect.

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  • deva Gold Star Critiquer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 102] (1008)
  • [2008-12-23 6:52]
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Hello Jose,
This little angel is talking to me every day...
Peace, sharing and love is what she always thought
me. The light and this picture really touches my soul. Your note is a prayer to my heart. TFS.

Such a tender and precious capture José.
I agree with your sentiments in your note.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, Best wishes for the New year.
- Vincent

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-12-23 6:57]

Hello Jose
A good note and the angel appropriate for it and for the season.
Nicely done as usual, I am sure this one will bring in many
spiritual comments.
Merry Christmas

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-12-23 7:35]

Hi Jose...
It's just amazing and spectacular view..!
Excellent catch, nicely done..!

Also, I like to wish you too a Merry Christmas and Happy 2009 New Year...!
Have nice and good time with your family.
Best wishes from George

Good evening Jose,

first of all...wonderful title. It caught my attention right away.

Second... breath taking image. I won't comment on it, because this masterpiece can speak for itself.

Third...I am impressed with the note and the image. Together they make strong message and great impact on the person that looks at them.

Enjoy the rest of the day,


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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-12-23 8:29]

Congrats Jose

That's exactly many of us think and I go along all the way.

Your little angel is superb
Best wishes and compliments

I'm so impressed with this portrait of innocence, Jose. It's very imaginative photo. I like bright whiteness of angel's wings. They look ethereally, unreally...And this little girl...she's beautiful...It's perfect shot for me!
I wish you and those you love - Holly Christmas!

Wonderful note you wrote, Jose.
Most of the year we are too busy to care about all our relitives and friends. But they are too.
So the end of the year, we take the opportunity to wish every one the best for future. Hoping that the others will do that to you too.
Pity that there is a lack of Angels who can change the world to become a better place.
So with both feet on earth, WE have to give them a hand, right ?
This little Angel even needs a hand herself to cros the street, haha
Cheers dear Jose.

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2008-12-23 12:00]

hi Jose',
I guess it's the prerogative of modern man to live the paradox (whereas post-modern man would probably combine this duality into something different and morally less agonizing...).
I consider myself still a "modern" person because there are paradoxes and contradictions that I cannot possibly resolve without choosing for either the one or the other... so even if I love to give my loved ones presents, the excess of consumerism made me stop doing it at Xmas - probably a way to "soothe" my conscience =)
I love your little angel - she looks like we all wanted to look like when we were kids: innocent, beautiful, pure.
the black and white fits like a glove.

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2008-12-23 12:33]

Sweet, nice and original PP.


Hello Jose,

Szeretem a komoly képeket, ez az. A b&w még komolyabbá teszi a képet, látni a bizonytalanságot, a tanácstalanságot. Menjek, ne menjek? ...
Marry Christmas and happy new year

Olá José
As asas já lá estão... o vôo para os grandes sonhos já pode começar.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2008-12-23 13:25]

Hi Jose, I think this will become a classic in your gallery. It is timeless and the notes ring true. Happy Xmas from Sydney. Murray.

Hi Jose
superb note and wonderful words to stop and think
a precious capture and wonderful effect
great work
have the best merry Christmas and hope your holiday will be perfect

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-12-23 17:40]

Hi Jose,
Very meaningful note! The view of this little angel acts like a blow of magic wand bringing back our frenzy of consumption towards the essential! The beauty of Life, the brittleness of Life. And the too short time we can beneficite of it! Then, why to waste this invaluable treasure in the shopping malls?
I love the treatment on this image. You gave it softness of silky Angel wings, and childhood,s timelessness which remains despite everything into each one of us!
Merry Christmas to you and to those you love! Annie

Hi Jose,

Excellent and fantastic social-contented capture of this pretty angel girl in a fine composition with wonderful POV/DOF and nice details.



Salam Jose
Artfull, professional... No more words come to my mind!
Excellent PP work makes it dreamy.
Happy new year dear JOSE!

Hi Dear Master
What a wonderful angel
So beautiful
Impressive job
Great note
Take care

ciao Jose
a superb job!! so rich of beauty and poetry!!
marry christmas!!
ciao Marco

Hi Mbrito
Wonderful black & white angel
Very good shot
Happy holyday

Ola dear Jose
Wonderful words for excellent picture. Yes this is a little angel of innocence. Fantastic atmosphere and excellent gift
Best wishes my friend

Hi Jose,
*Joyeux Noël* for you and Family,
Nice presentation and composition,
Excellent POV and details.
All my wishes,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-12-24 8:22]


quel mangigique ange, pour ce noël, fantastique, elle est très chou cette jeune fille, très beau captage.

Très belle fête de noël et amitié


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-12-24 8:27]

merhaba dear Jose...
Excellent composition and beautiful detail...
Thanks for sharing

Hi Jose
wonderful photo!Bravo!I like it.Nice work!
Um abraço

Hi Jose,
Beautiful shot of lovely baby...
Wonderful black-white photo.
I love it.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Jose,

Merry Christmas for you and Teresa, Dear friend!
Nice presented work, fine description too.

P.S. Portugal is on the our hearts forevevr!!!! :) :)

Malik & Mary.

While living the paradox, I hope you'll remember the simple things as laughter, the warmth of a gentle caress, a whispered "I love you"...
This is the very time to care for our most loved ones and celebrate the joy of Christmas.
Franky said it so well:
"The weather outside is frightful
But inside is so delightful
Since we've got no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..."
Merry Christmas, Jose!

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
  • [2008-12-24 23:05]

Bom dia Jose
this is really a great image, with a melanconic and positive taste of Christmas, you catch the feelings in pictures, bravo and Merry Christmas

Ola Jose! Amazing angel. Wonderful POV and capture. Original work. Feliz Natal!

Sua foto está maravilhosamente tratada, meu amigo! E, aos
meus olhos, você conseguiu transformar essa garotinha num
verdadeiro anjinho! Bela foto e bela nota. Meus parabéns e
Feliz Natal pra você e sua família, meu caro amigo!

Meus cumprimentos,

Ciao Jose, beautiful B&W portrait with splendid little angel, very well done, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,
Very beautiful shot of this little angel.Nice B&W compo.Great POV, and light.TFS.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-12-26 1:07]

Ola jose & Seasons Greetings!

Good placement of the angelic girl off centre, with an excellent tonal range & superb sharpness. Tfs & Parabens!

Oh,yes,dear Jose,we all live the paradox..life is like that:))

and you've made such a great picture to show us pure innocence ...Perfect and very thoughtful work as always dear friend

warm regards

Ciao Jose

que bela cena.
Faz tempo que eu não vejo este visual!
Tão pura e tão inocente.
O acabamento final é fantástico!
Tua pequena garota de anjo é um anjo.
Parabens pelo belo visual e apresentação.
Feliz Ano Novo para voce my friend...


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  • jone Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2365 W: 178 N: 0] (32781)
  • [2008-12-26 6:10]

Ola Jose ;)))
Merry Chrusrmas...Best wishes in 2009 ;)))
Wonderful photo...
J ;)

Hi Jose,
A great title for this beautiful photo ! I like the b/w presentation. The shadow in the corner is a pity, but the girl is captured great. TFS.
Happy Xmas to you too.

Greetings, Jose -
I love the monochrome presentation and "glowing" effect around her robe and wings. A charming subject presented in an eye-catching way. The background is also excellent with the textures of the stone and the diagonal lines across the frame. Your note was thought-provoking. Have a wonderful holiday -

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-12-26 12:19]

Hi jose, the fight of opposite, all our life is signed by choises between contrasting feelings and situations. What's better than a b/w image for this theme?
Great shot and note!
Best wishes for 2009, ciao, cinzia

Merry Christmas Jose
very beautiful and instructive story with a beautiful picture...
All the best

I love portraits. This one is a wonderful peace. Excellent soft effect. Good moody picture.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-12-28 8:26]

Hi jose,
lovely shot.BEautiful W%B work.Congratulations.Necla.

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2008-12-28 10:31]

Bonjour José,

Quel ange magnifique incarné par cette petite fille!!!
Elle représente toute l'innocence de l'enfance!!!
Le NB sied très bien à ton cliché accentuant tous les contrastes!!!
Milles excuses pour mon retard
Passes de bonnes fêtes de fin d'année

dear josè, magnificent combination of image and note.
personally i have stopped the Christmss presents folly and concentrate on the most intimate side of Christmas. In this phase of my life i am nauseated by the excesses of material goods the showiness the superficiality and feel a strong need for intimacy with people with whom I share values and the view of the world. I feel encumbered by object and material issues
i hope the new year will be lighter i this repsect , in the meantime thank you for sharing your soul with us

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-12-30 4:07]

hello Jose

I find this to be like angel and you title is great. For such a color tone, the photo is very impressive and the girl is superb in such white dress and wings.

Perhaps I would only comment my preference that the girl be placed at the right side.

tfs, bill

Ciao...è magnifica questa foto
mi piace moltissimo!!!


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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2009-01-05 6:25]

Hi Jose,
Your title says it all. Excelletn porttrayal. She does lok like an angel indeed. Thought provoking note too.

Hi Jose...thank you for your nice photo and the note. This is a nice way to remember the Christmas holiday...nice black and white conversion...nice tones and mood.


Dear Jose,

I wish you all the best in a New Year, health, much love and nice moments, and of course so many great artworks from your unique "factory".

This is absolutely beautiful work!!! I have been looking at this photo for more than 10 minutas and I still can not move my eyes. One of your best works! Just the way I love storytelling!

All the best dear friend!

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2009-01-06 13:43]

ciao jose,...ottimo lavoro
soggetto molto ben ripreso con un ottimo uso del bianco e nero
grande lavoro

Boa noite José!

Simplesmente digna de voltar a ler a tua nota :D as vezes também penso nisso.
Em relação a pequenita, gostei muito do ponto de vista e perspectiva. Boa escolha do B/W
Meus parabéns!

grand abraço

Hello Jose,

A very intriguing portrait of a little angel :)
Love the atmosphere here. Nice tones, too.

hello Jose
beautiful picture of this ANGEL
great soft picture
with great details
i like the photo
greeting lou

just speachless, so powerful and so beautiful, you are really talented...
i hope you have a nice day

hello Jose,
Wonderful lyrical notes. I would dearly love to sit down someday with you and be and be able to enjoy a coffee together. it would be an enlightening experience!
The photo is a superb connection and a treasure in itself.
All the best for 09.
Regards, Joni

En relación a tu nota, desde el punto de vista anttropológico no hay contradicción entre consumo abundante en la escasez y solidaridad humana, es la esencia de las festividades de invierno: en la noche mas oscura y larga (el solsticio de invierno) nace la esperanza del renacimiento solar (jesucristo) y se comparte en abundancia lo cosechado en el equinoccio con los parientes y amigos mas cercanos precisamente en la epoca de mas escases agrícola. Ese es el sentido de las antiguas celebraciones solsticiales de invierno y que retoman en parte las fiestas de la natividad cristiana. Un saludo :) Por cierto, tu foto hermosa :)

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-03-25 19:14]

Hi Jose,

Nice capture. I like the old fashion color even if it is a B&W image. Good details even with the high contrast. The style reminds me some images made by HCB (Henri Cartier Bresson). Nice work and TFS.


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