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heroin chic by riotstar heroin chic by riotstar
This photo is from a photo session Sanna and I had in the spring of 2001. We were tired of taking ordinary portraits so we went for pale skin, wedding dresses, syringes, blood and smeary makeup in the bathtub. And please, don't tell me that drugs are bad and that you shouldn't glamourize heroin addiction. I already know that. The photo isn't really about heroin addiction, but more a comment to the strange fashion trend named heroin chic. Just so you know, the thing in her mouth is a syringe not a cigarette (people have a tendency to mistake it for a cigarette). I know the photo is kinda cliché and cheesy but I was 16 when I took it. When you're sixteen, wedding dresses and blood seems much more cool than they do when you grow older. Plus, I absolutely love the colour scheme in this photo. The photo was taken with my old Praktica LTL and a flash and, as always, the photo has not been digitally edited.
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skinnymaniniowacity Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Student General Artist
This piece is perfect,........ as a cigarette = heiron,...........sad, ........very, very sad.
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mgonevski Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011
Awesome scene, greatly done!
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meganclause Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
I haven't been on DA in many years but I remember this photo.
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DreamOfWaking Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
:woohoo: Your work has been featured here [link] :woohoo:
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Insteurment Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Such strong emotions in this shot. Love it.
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sadefeyn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
cool one :smoking:
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Reizza Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
I do like the effect that initially thinking the syringe was a cigarette gives...

The colors in this picture are gorgeous, and while it is a little stereotypical, I love the composition as well.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very beautiful :heart:
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SteffiSTEREO Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009  Student Photographer
This is beautiful, i'm also a fan of heroin chic. :P

xo
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UselessDictionary Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2009
Hah very Gia
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ucaraluca Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2009
great shot!
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eccentric3 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
nice, so raw.
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darkcherryfreak Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
wuuuaw so perfect pick


:ufo: :aww: :zombie:
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Alessia-Izzo Featured By Owner May 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
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equilibriumgeo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
featured here [link]
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offM Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2008
amazing : O
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cocoisdead Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
luv this
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latrociny Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2007
very nice shot love it especially the syringe seeming to be a ciggie
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justBadOo Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
ouh wow !

i Love it

*favourite <3
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futurowoman Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2007   Photographer
I shoot with an old Praktica as well...I can really appreciate this photo on that level.

I have some "issues" with your presentation, however. I am not writing this in a negative spirit, and you have your disclaimer here--yes, I've read it. However, I don't really see the critique of heroin chic that you speak of. I see instead an unrealistic and uncritical image of heroin chic itself being replicated. And I'm not for censorship, so I'm not ridiculing this for the sake of it. But, as someone intimately acquainted with the crisis of heroin, I am not sure you can convincingly claim that this is any more critical of the glamorization of heroin than any other number of heroin chic images, on dA or otherwise. I'd love to hear how it is so.
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Ayakage Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
beautiful pic, this is one of the ones that reattracted me to DA

ok, so just to not offend you I ended up doing this as a pastel for class.. I posted the pic, but I can always take it down if you want- my version can be seen at [link] I tried to match the pic as best as I could but I am a bit off. And I apologize in advance just in case you are offended I did take your awesome pic as inspiration.
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makasiku Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
very-very!
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XxvampiregoddessxX Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2007
Absolutely stunning..

Seriously.
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menacelamenace Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2006
beautiful
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nena-suicide Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006  Professional Photographer
Love it!
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Lucy-Honey Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, God! I just LOVE that photo! And I love that song. ;) ("Heroin Chic" by My Dying Bride.) You have fav from me.
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Xcomment Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2006
why people don't use h?
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P-Melanchonique Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
oh :heart: compliments
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christines-life Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006
although it may be cliche (don't remember how to put the accent in, sorry) you did a really good job with this photo..
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deepILLGL Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2005
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K4R0 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it! I've got this photo as a wallpaper on my desktop. It's great, and I find myself somewhere in it.
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br0wnceus Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
never tried heroin and never will but this chic... i mean shot, sure looks good. i wouldn't marry a heroin chic tho.. 8-)
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SmallTownWitch Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2005
nice photo!
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gianna Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2005   Photographer
mm.understanding...i like photoz with deep expressionzzz
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GirlAnachronism7 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2005
I like...A LOT! Wonderful photo:) Ever hear the song Heroin Chic?
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the-mad-hatt0r Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2004   Photographer
a perfect ten.
great.
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Talita Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2004
holy shit i love this so much i love it i love it i love it!

That's all i can say.






:+fav:
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devilicious Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2004  Professional Photographer
love the make up
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kampfer02 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2004
nice. the appeal is great. it really seems like a chic from hole.
the pic is cool too...like how she looks down. maybe a darkere background would make her really pop out. still nice shot. bueno +fav
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discontentbeauty Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2004  Hobbyist Writer
this is a fantastic shot. the idea, pose, expression, everything. brilliant!
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celticangel1982 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2004
wow! very powerful! I love it!
~angel~
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reflejo Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2003
I like the Atmosphere, Great Shot!
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cHeMiCaL--hIsTeRy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2003
beautiful and ironic
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sartori09 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2003  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is definetly at the top of my favorite list. +fav

Powerful image-quite expressive. No worris here about cliches, you definetly have a recognizable style. This piece highlights that.

As for the syringe: well i don't think that art should be compromized by compromise!! It should not be watered down for the benefit of the public-that's for advertisements. We artists thrive of raw truth. I realy like the contrast of the white dress (purity) and the syringe.

Good work.
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rainbowskye Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2003
i love this.. very much
+favlove
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dougbtn Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2003
What an absolutely disgusting picture........ I love it +fav

This has so many things I enjoy in a twisted shot, the shock value, the degrading of a 'pure' moment, and all done in the best possible taste :-) (Smile)
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jamiemiller Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2003
+fav :) (Smile)
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jamiemiller Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2003
really cool photo, great shot / idea ;) (Wink)
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calculating-inf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2003
kewl. already told you.

DIE
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Pixelcoma Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2003
Excellent!!!

Could ba cd cover for Hole or someone like that ;) (Wink)

Cheers, Spliffy.
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