The Dark Thicket of Life

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Uploaded 1 Dec 2007 — 93 favorites
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© Paul Lavallee
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here i start my trip
descending the dark thicket
will you follow me

Created using my Holga 120CFN with Fuji NPZ 800 film. Negative scanned with my Epson v700 Perfection scanner. No digital manipulation used!

54 responses

  • Ines Pasic

    Ines Pasic gave props (1 Dec 2007):

    Cool atmosphere, like it!

  • Jerrica Aldridge

    Jerrica Aldridge said (1 Dec 2007):

    Very nice! It has a creepy, yet majestic feel to it. Very enchanting, it would make a great painting as well!

  • Max Schenk

    Max Schenk gave props (1 Dec 2007):

    Another great image Paul - I love the way your mind sees.

  • Patrick .

    Patrick . (Deleted) gave props (1 Dec 2007):

    Nice one Paul!!

  • Jodie Andrefski

    Jodie Andrefski gave props (2 Dec 2007):

    Love this one Paul...the feel to it just pulls at you to want to explore while your heart is beating faster and faster. Really nice job.

  • Trey Hill

    Trey Hill (Deleted) said (2 Dec 2007):

    when JPGing on my iPhone, i typically avoid commenting... but in this case i couldn't resist. i think you've employed the right set of tools at the right time on the right subject. and you've been rewarded handsomely. this is a beautiful image.

  • Rachel Mckinnie

    Rachel Mckinnie gave props (3 Dec 2007):

    Hell yeah I will! This is so cool. I just want to follow that path forever.

  • Nicole Gesmondi

    Nicole Gesmondi gave props (3 Dec 2007):

    Hey, I followed you down that path! But it was my idea to go that way so :-P

  • Marcelo Prieto Moffat

    Marcelo Prieto Moffat said (4 Dec 2007):

    Wow! Paul, this is really beatiful.

  • Gabe Maxson

    Gabe Maxson gave props (4 Dec 2007):

    Really nice. Perfect in square format and Holgarific exposure.

  • Lindsay

    Lindsay gave props (5 Dec 2007):

    lovely photo Paul.

  • shomil shah

    shomil shah gave props (5 Dec 2007):

    eerie, mystical and beautiful!

  • David McClymont

    David McClymont said (6 Dec 2007):

    real nice--I'm in on the run----------

  • JP Candelier

    JP Candelier gave props (10 Dec 2007):

    love this shot

  • Merrick Kingston

    Merrick Kingston gave props (14 Dec 2007):

    Dante leaps to mind, just wonderful!

  • steph goralnick

    steph goralnick (Deleted) said (14 Dec 2007):

    whoa. this is totally the lair of that wolf with the glowing eyes in The Neverending Story. Way to photograph my childhood nightmares!

  • 1 2

    1 2 (Deleted) gave props (21 Dec 2007):

    love this shot. THe deep purples and some greens are great!

  • Kammerer Cassandra

    Kammerer Cassandra gave props (21 Dec 2007):

    Very nice, and creepy! I love it.

  • sara martin

    sara martin said (22 Dec 2007):

    This reminds me of the hillside my childhood house was located at the bottom of. The man who used to own all of the property had built a small ski hill and there was a trench just like that ran along the hill to a somewhat primitive lift shack. So the answer to your question: Been there, done that, but we can totally hang out.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (29 Dec 2007):

    Paul!!! I am in love with this image!!

  • Hannah

    Hannah said (30 Dec 2007):

    This is amazing!

  • zo-

    zo- (Deleted) gave props (11 Mar 2008):

    yes :)

  • Mick Stafford

    Mick Stafford   gave props (18 Mar 2008):

    beautiful photo, nice mysterious effect

  • Bonnie Blanton

    Bonnie Blanton (Deleted) gave props (25 Aug 2008):

    Lovely photo! It makes me want to know what's on the other side.

  • Jordan Shepler

    Jordan Shepler (Deleted) gave props (18 Oct 2008):

    from a bad dream.

  • Eric Nattawut MatLuang

    Eric Nattawut MatLuang said (8 Nov 2008):

    so nice, so mystery.

  • Adam Rose

    Adam Rose said (10 Dec 2008):

    Great shot Paul.

  • Valeria Heine

    Valeria Heine gave props (11 Dec 2008):

    this is beautiful!

  • Christine Holtz

    Christine Holtz (Deleted) gave props (13 Dec 2008):

    well done, my vote

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (13 Dec 2008):

    Zenfully good...Hell...Yeah! It rocks!

  • claudia luthi

    claudia luthi gave props (14 Dec 2008):

    here, another solid vote, so I hope...

  • Rhian Syahzana

    Rhian Syahzana (Deleted) gave props (15 Dec 2008):

    my vote...always....

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (19 Dec 2008):

    back for your vote!

  • Amber Gregory

    Amber Gregory gave props (20 Dec 2008):


  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (26 Dec 2008):

    I feel I am surrendering when I gaze into the darkness...evokes a lot of feeling, zen or otherwise.

  • Noa Siegrist

    Noa Siegrist gave props (29 Dec 2008):

    Tiene mi voto.

  • Monica Williams

    Monica Williams gave props (4 Jan 2009):

    Awesome shot! Even better for fairytale.

  • Catherine Kurvink

    Catherine Kurvink gave props (16 Jan 2009):

    This is haunting and memorable, gets my vote!

  • Tessa Hutchison

    Tessa Hutchison (Deleted) said (30 Jan 2009):

    Great use of light and shadow!

  • minkaTools

    minkaTools said (13 Mar 2009):

    it's like a gnome's path home. i can see this working well for "fairytale". it's lovely in color, contrast and composition. very relaxing zen as well!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (17 May 2009):

    Wow! Cool picture!

  • molly .

    molly . gave props (21 May 2009):

    creepy and beautiful*

  • Cristina Cocullo

    Cristina Cocullo gave props (5 Jun 2009):

    is a yeah! once again!

  • ! Mario Scattoloni ¡

    ! Mario Scattoloni ¡ gave props (8 Jun 2009):

    Cool & interesting take on the zen factor & voted.

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (4 Jul 2009):


  • Mira Fertin

    Mira Fertin (Deleted) gave props (4 Aug 2009):

    looks a little scary :)

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (30 Oct 2009):


  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (11 May 2010):


  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (13 May 2010):

    Beautiful light...magic Paul:)

  • Muhammad Qurban

    Muhammad Qurban gave props (29 Jun 2010):

    Looks like a scene from a horror movie. well done love the blackness.

  • JojoH

    JojoH (Deleted) gave props (22 Aug 2010):

    wow. this is amazing and especially so in lightbox!

  • iseebeauty

    iseebeauty (Deleted) gave props (10 Sep 2010):

    beautiful light! i want to be there

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (8 Nov 2010):

    Nice and moody!

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