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An Alternative by hadidjah An Alternative by hadidjah
EDIT: I've always been amazed just how many people seem to love this shot. Just wanted to say thank you for all the wonderfully kind comments, and hugs to all you awesome folks!:)
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-09-05
An Alternative by ~hadidjah "A beautiful photograph that tells a life of struggle and salvation wordlessly. In a world where we all hurt, we all make mistakes, we all have moments where we want everything to just go away, there is hope, and that hope is art." ( Suggested by erundle and Featured by astridle )
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AbscondingAlchemist Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I love this so much. So meaningful Hug  Clap 
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AquaRock Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Great concept, wonderful artistry!
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KiwiCocktail Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was completely blown away by this piece.
It's a wonderful message, thank you so much for sharing :heart:
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luplne Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
beautiful work. c:
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mclaranium Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
what the F****  !! :D
for sure these marks are real :o
"add colour to your life." "colourful blood"  whatever name - conceptual, makes imagination exploit!
:wave:
we all love this and sincerly being "conceptual" in this case means: "you decide what to say about this" :slow:
bla bla -- ya know, we all love this.
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riverdash Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
QnQ omh
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Eternay Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's exactly what I'm thinking in this moment..... great shot
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I-si-u Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
love it thanks for doing this.
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AmberSynthia Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my god that scared me when I saw smaller version of it but other then that this is amazing
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Chickenoobdle Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
This is so inspirational, and its beautifully composed. Congrats!
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EnigmaticCanine Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This. This is....
Wow. Amazing.
IM SHOWING ALL MY FRIENDS.
Totally amazing, and so simple too. WOW
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ripjaws-girl21 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist

Screw what the haters way about this picture. It got a Daily Deviation for crying out loud. Besides that, I really like it. Art really is a much better alternative to self-infliction. I find myself drawing when I'm sad, or writing poetry (not that it's very good).

 

Anyway, my point is that I get the symbolism behind it, and I like this picture a lot.

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ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You finally do it correctly and it's not even with the right tool. Pitiful.
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Sutori-Artifex Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Missing the point, buddy. I do pray that was a joke.
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ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"missing the point"
hahahaha
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Sutori-Artifex Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
"You finally do it correctly and it's not even with the right tool. Pitiful."

hahahaha

No.
It's not pitiful at all. It's symbolic. Cutting yourself is not the answer to any of life's problems. Excuse me if that wasn't where you were going with this, but in the place of a knife/razor is a paintbrush, symbolizing artistic expression, rather than pain and suffering.

Just what I got from it. When it comes to the meaning of art, there is no right or wrong answer. (Unless looking at a cloud immediately screams "Penguins" or something random :P)
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HenekoMarie Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
I got it, and love it. The message is so simple and beautiful.   
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Sutori-Artifex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
THANK YOU.
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ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I couldn't have been "missing the point" because I was mocking the point.
She's such an emotional failure that when she has any notion of succeeding in not cutting her wrists she decides to tell the world about it. The stench of her bleeding vagina is overwhelming to me.
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Sutori-Artifex Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Obvious Troll is Obvious. Go crawl back under your bridge. 
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ManeatingCouch Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A Troll causes chaos indiscriminately. I'm just targeting the idiots.
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Sutori-Artifex Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
How are we idiots, exactly? The picture is supposed to represent the act of cutting oneself, but as that is a negative form of self expression, a razor/knife is replaced with a paintbrush, and the blood becomes a stripe of paint to symbolize Creative Expression as "An Alternative".

There is no right way or wrong way to create art. Judging by how you believe this to be idiocy, and by your profile image, I suggest you take the emo somewhere else, or talk to somebody about it instead of "targeting the idiots".
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ICreateWolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Crap!
I just made something a little like this!
I'm sorry!
The idea came to me and I just made it and now I feel bad for posting it!
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hadidjah Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Oh goodness, you're so sweet.  Please don't feel badly!  If people worried about always doing something 100% original no one would ever get anything done. Huggle! I'm sure there were plenty of variants of this theme that I've never heard of well before I ever made mine.
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ICreateWolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay ^^ Its good to know that I am not accused for copying.. Someone gave me the link and said it looked like it was based of your picture and I was like 'Crap!'
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shadowandme0215 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
... So that's what my mother ment by saying miricles give hope to people... Hmm...
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LeonPiersLover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing idea. Cant tellya how much this means to people who do cut...
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Weirda208 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In miniature, so way before I saw cut marks I saw here
"art is like drugs"
well, but now, it has more meanings to me.

and I have one friend that is cutting and drawing...
but even I wanted to keep her second "drug" he got beaten by cutting :C
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mydragonzeatyou Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I like rainbows 
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HatchedFromTree Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't tell you just how much I love this. 
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cheekieb Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
What an inspirational message of hope....absolutely beautiful.Heart 
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SatanLivesEternally Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:goodbyecruelworld:
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PrincessSarah2 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Student Artist
:iconclapplz: Amazing.
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JoanLlado Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013   General Artist
this is one of the best pieces of art I have seen :)
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RayvensEye Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013   General Artist
Wow that had me holding my breath at first when I glanced at the thumbnail of this photo.
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KiwiCactus Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing
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pitukillo Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome...!!!
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PSIKOM065 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Artist
This. Is. Amazing. :)
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TaylorMCole Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful. Great work. Congrats on the DD.
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Sheik91 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013
A strange world indeed, where we have a teenage fashion cult centered around cutting oneself. (And this might sound insensitive of me if you choose to read it in the wrong way, but I really just mean to comment on the fact, that this particular habit of hurting oneself has been quite popular in the past few years in several teenage subcultures. I refuse to buy into the borderline-self-diagonsis [because personality disorders simply are not as prevalent].)
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Zili-is-Anielle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
its not that it has gained popularity its that it has come to light and those that have harmed themselves feel its ok to reach out for help.  Comments like this only help to shut down those who know they need help.
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Sheik91 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
If you took the time to do the research and browse the statistics you would find an increase in recent years in self hurting behavior in teenage years in our western societies.

I am not saying that these kids aren't troubled, but their means of getting their steam off is pretty much a fashion trend. It is blowing teenage egocentrism and role confusion (both legit and normative phenomenons in development) totally out of proportion.
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LoquaciousQuidnunc Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Research or not, it's just knowing that the youth feel the inclination to express emotions that result in cutting. It's becoming a tough life for anyone growing up.

It saddens my heart.
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Zili-is-Anielle Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
research cannot be accurate in this case because of how many people previously denied having this issue.

"self-harm" also encompasses more than just cutting but all forms of drug abuse, eating disorders, cutting, even punching oneself.  This isn't a "fashion" trend.  I will be the first to admit that there is a large number of those who do it for attention but the majority do not.
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LoquaciousQuidnunc Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
Agreed.
It's all so sad either way.
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Sheik91 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Just because you disagree with it doesn't make the research wrong. If you want to argue against the research go ahead, browse the scientific journals and form an argument based on the statistical methods and research designs applied. Anything else isn't exactly valid in the scientific discourse of academic psychology.
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iralima Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013
Okay, let me explain to you what the research shows:

Over the years an increasing number of people have admitted to self-harming and/or have received treatment for it.

That's the reseach. It actually has two possible interpretations:

1. More people are self-harming now than 10 years ago.
2. The number of people who self-harm has stayed pretty much the same, but they feel more free to admit to it now than 10 years ago.

You're insisting #1 is the only valid interpretation. I'd love to see proof of that, because as far as I know no-one has ever been able to get reliable statistics on self-harm from past centuries, because the subject was considered taboo and nobody who engaged in self-harm would ever willingly confess to it.
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Sheik91 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
There's a difference between self harming and diagnosed borderline disorder. The latter actually is a legit personality disorder.
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korebetha Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No, it's a new thing. Cutting wasn't 'popular' or the majority 'go-to' for 'depression' even a decade ago. 
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