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Nobody's putting a gun to your head. by JakeHegel Nobody's putting a gun to your head. by JakeHegel
Self-portrait.

Experimenting with raw, realistic situations. I realized I've missed taking photos that really strike emotions like when I first started photography years ago. I've gotten into a bad habit of only creating super complex photos/manipulations, and so this is the beginning of getting back to why I began taking photos: simplified and stripped down, human emotion. It was really an eerie feeling to be faced with a gun, despite knowing it wasn't loaded.. which helped translate the emotion in a very real way.

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Given 2013-02-27
Suggester Says:"An honest and incredibly brave self-portrait."
Nobody's putting a gun to your head. by ~JakeHegel ( Suggested by OfOneSoul and Featured by Kaz-D )
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Zimson Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Conveys a lot of emotions mate, brilliant work.
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:iconjames-mckenzie:
James-McKenzie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey! Awesome shot man!
I recently used it as a reference image for an illustration. Thought you might be interested. :)
Thanks for the cool shot! Took me ages to find a side profile that suited what I had in mind haha. 
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:iconjakehegel:
JakeHegel Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you so much!! That's awesome, great work! Glad I could help :D
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:iconjames-mckenzie:
James-McKenzie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Student General Artist
:highfive:
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:iconxmisachan:
xmisachan Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
awesom :O may i use it to a band logo?
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:iconjakehegel:
JakeHegel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Student Photographer
No I'm sorry, my work is not available for free use.
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:iconxmisachan:
xmisachan Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014
its great! thanks for reply :)
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:iconjakehegel:
JakeHegel Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Student Photographer
Of course, no problem! :)
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
This is one of those images that, after you see them, make you think about them for a long time.
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:iconjakehegel:
JakeHegel Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you! I appreciate it. :)
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:icontheemptychest:
TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
You're very welcome. :D
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SoulAsfixArts Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
niceeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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iblisregime Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
what MADDNESS IS THIS? WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY......EVERYONE MUS OWN A GUN PROTECT YOURSELF
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:iconnardraug:
Nardraug Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Careful Ralphie. You'll shoot your eye out."
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grenia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This reminds me th e "looper" movie so much :) Anyway great work, this piece is impressive.
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sandmanfallingout Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
i think the pic could be beater but the idea is perfect good job
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goddessecho Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I literally can't stop looking at this. Its the first thing my eyes go to when I open my favorites.
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BlackHawkRising Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I find it interesting how you have a woman holding the rifle
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:iconadarwen:
adarwen Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this one really gives me a thrill
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Kallios Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
At first, I thought that this was about some sort of refugree or violence-in-Africa thing, but then I noticed that the person holding the gun had painted nails and skinny arms, so I think "maritial dispute" but that doesn't feel quite right, so now I have no idea what you're trying to say. I know that you're shouting and that it's important, but (for me) it's in a language that I don't understand.
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nikutsuki Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I have to say I prefer this type of pictures to the other, photoshopped stuff in your gallery.
It shows real emotions, which to me is the most important about phtography ^^
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topherv Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
yes
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baskerzeke Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The slight purple hue really adds to the picture. Plus, the background is almost abstract...I love it.
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skyfireJax Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Mechanically excellent shot (no pun intended) makes my skin crawl with the realism!!! Bravo!!!
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RandomAV1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant composition. Love the framing, having only the hands holding the gun in frame. I love his expression....it's calm...like acceptance. Great work! ::clap::
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kirstenbakker Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, beautiful.
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Psychorror Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
He left the toilet seat up one time too many.
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RiseRedMoon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the picture actually... just terrifies me D:

But still, that's not a bad thing... Incredibly well done
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lalapupu Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
amazing. i love photos that evoke something within. well done Jake
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VishnuOfVideogames Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
That's badass.
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AllHailMattWilson Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
:icondatassplz: Dat guy is pretty handsome

Very nice photo.

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FlyinSpiderMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
I love photos that are so raw and emotional like this one. This is amazing!
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Priest119 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesomeness!! :horns:

Guy/Girl with gun: "Any last requests?"
Guy at the other end of the gun: "Yes, pull the trigger."
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Granfalloon-in-dusk Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful piece. It also begs the question: what is the shooter thinking/feeling at this moment? I think would make the piece even more compelling showing both subjects coming to terms with this pivotal moment in both of their lives. Why does she hold the gun to his head? Is she trembling trying to bear the weight of the weapon? Because it takes a lot to cause a person to come to the brink of willingly pointing a gun to somebody's head, to take a life.

Nonetheless, I love the raw realism here. Still very powerful. Simply amazing.
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Vanna1994 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Amazing work : o
Congrats on your DD ^.^
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A-han-343 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Amazing work :+favlove:
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kat22wryn Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Raw and breathtaking, thanks you.
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Raindropthelf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic shot, I find it also quite sexy.
The raw emotion and the viewer thinks WHY does she put a Gun to his head?
Is she taking revenge, is she punishing him or is he the innocent ....
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supercarXS Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is, quite simply, unbelievable.
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Gumby95 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
This is amazing. I just have no other words. It's so emotionally raw, exposed and closed off at the same time.
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iLuffy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
i usually dont like this kind of photos but im reconsidering it after seeing this
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grikomsn Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
"Do I look like a guy with a plan?"
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nightrose0087 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fantastic work.
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SenshiStock Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I completely agree! It's scary even when you're sure it's not loaded and the person wouldn't hurt you. This is a great photo, really amazing. Congrats on the feature!
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demonsLOVer1 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
MMMMMwwwwwwwaahhh...breathtaking!
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AskGlux Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist
"Nobody's putting a gun to your head".

SIR, I BELIEVE YOU'RE LYING.
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Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD MADE MY DAY
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linkinparkrulz95 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice work! :clap:
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Wafflewarrior7 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
interesting
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Erekk-Mustis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
Pull the Trigger, BITCH!
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