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Barren I :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 2 0 Barren II :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 4 0 Barren III :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 8 4 Barren IV :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 18 2 A Touch of Winter I :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 16 2 A Touch of Winter II :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 11 2 A Touch of Winter III :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 12 0 A Touch of Winter IV :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 8 4 ... and a child shall lead them I :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 8 6 ... and a child shall lead them II :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 7 0 ... and a child shall lead them III :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 7 2 ... and a child shall lead them IV :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 10 2 Angels Watching Over Me V :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 3 0 Angels Watching Over Me VI :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 5 0 Angels Watching Over Me VII :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 5 2 Angels Watching Over Me VIII :icontouch-the-flame:touch-the-flame 15 0

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Mature content
Eve Concept :iconrisen-art:Risen-Art 150 96
The interpretation of murder :iconsamrizzo:samrizzo 168 46
We walk along the water's edge
and the words sink into the hollow of my soul
like stones.
He tells me how it felt
to know what I could have done -
how I could have been amongst the dead.
In the softest sleep
every word sends me reeling
with each wave of sound
off our tongues.
and it's killing me to know
that my thoughts are swirling
into the void
that I want to jump into the lake
and drown.
My insides are hollow
and I know,
deep down
I'm already sleeping with the fishes
under the black water's skin.
And I wonder when it was
that I ceased to be
:iconrosary0fsighs:Rosary0fSighs 6 4
What do you see :iconclarinetjwd:clarinetJWD 1 6 Inner Reflection :iconclarinetjwd:clarinetJWD 5 13 Inner Harbor Panoramic :iconclarinetjwd:clarinetJWD 2 1 Sidewalking :iconclarinetjwd:clarinetJWD 1 0 Long Way to Go :iconclarinetjwd:clarinetJWD 5 5
Hospital Collection: Coming
Coming Home
I touch the tea tree leaves
and the corners of my room
like a stranger lost
in someone else’s story book.
I press my lips against
my soft patchwork quilt
and feel like a child again,
searching for the frayed remains
of tears and dreams.
It’s quiet and someone’s broken
the hand of my porcelain doll.
There’s a scar down her face
that I try to erase with butterfly kisses
and soothing words,
but I know nothing is right anymore
and she doesn’t have a name.
:iconrosary0fsighs:Rosary0fSighs 8 1
Hospital Collection: At Home
Flowers At Home
I press dead flowers
between the pages of
old poetry books
and crush dry petals
between my fingertips.
As the weeks go by
they curl
and the soft colours fade
like a children’s illustration.
And I hold desperately
to the leaf skeletons,
feeling the colour drain out of me.
:iconrosary0fsighs:Rosary0fSighs 12 5
autumn lullaby :iconalicjarodzik:AlicjaRodzik 829 48 bleeding :iconalicjarodzik:AlicjaRodzik 872 75
I speak in diagonal lines
and sleep in pastel palettes of secret words.
Every brush and bruised touch
creates waves and ripples onto canvas breaths
and creates the butterfly effect,
painting sweet deaths onto my flesh.
:iconrosary0fsighs:Rosary0fSighs 26 10
Summer Illusion :iconrosary0fsighs:Rosary0fSighs 74 137 A cold chill :iconsamrizzo:samrizzo 28 10 I can be what i want to :iconsamrizzo:samrizzo 12 4
Yes, it's been a while...

I've been mostly absent from :devart: for some time now for a variety of reasons. Chief among them has been the changing nature of my job and work. The job was and to an extent still is evolving. A title change a few months ago, accompanied by new and expanded duties have contributed, and much of December was spent moving my office from what had been my home-away-from-home for 15 years to a new office. But now things are settling there, and it's good.

I was also doing a significant amount of freelance work over the last 2-3 years that had me on the road a good deal. But that, too, has also moderated.

What I've missed the most in my life during that time is photography. I was still getting out on occasion to take photos, but unfortunately doing very little with them outside of the shoots being a mere exercise. Now, I hope to get back on track.

New photos are coming, new ideas are happening in post-processing. For those that would criticize the use of art techniques to enhance photos, I would say:

1. By and large, I'm not doing snapshots or photojournalism
2. I desire to share what I see in my mind, not necessarily just that which the camera lens captures

Thanks to all that have inquired as to my whereabouts and well-being. I appreciate the love. And I hope my work continues to interest and intrigue... :heart: :rose: :blowkiss:
  • Listening to: Beethoven "Eroica" Variations
  • Drinking: Fair Trade Coffee


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Artist | Photography
United States
Why "Touch the Flame?"
The title comes ostensibly from the U2 song "Where the Streets Have No Name"...

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

But the idea of "touching the flame" - reaching out, taking chances, embracing inspiration, giving in to temptation - has always intrigued me. I remember as a young child visiting my grandmother and being fascinated by a burning candle on the table. "Don't touch it" she cautioned. "It'll hurt." But of course, when her attention was away I slowly moved my finger closer and closer to the flame, until I touched it and was burned. Despite that early lesson in fascination and trust and danger and pain I still desire to touch the flame.

I live in Baltimore, Maryland (if you're in town and want a tour of my favourite photographic haunts hit me up). I'm a romantic at heart - from my interests in art to books to film to whatever... but I'm also drawn to that which speaks to the soul and feeds the spirit.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi


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MrMeeseekz Featured By Owner Edited Jan 17, 2017
Hi :D it's me, please answer me uwu
EternalClocks Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016
I really like your photos.  I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who likes dark things such as cemeteries, but also beautiful things like expanding seas merging into the horizon.
touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2017   Photographer
That's really kind, Brian, thank you. I think there is much beauty to be found even in what some may consider odd places. Both cemeteries and seascapes present opportunities for serenity and calm as well as beauty. Thank you so much for the faves, and I hope you continue to find my work intriguing. :)
Badbearr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2015
Awesome gallery!
Parinferal Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome ! :D
northernsoul20 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love your gallery , keep at it. Enjoy the rest of the New Year - Xmas break.
touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much!  :bow:
Tenebrae76 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
:hug: Thank you so much :+fav:
mertonparrish Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
Ty so much for the fav.  Have a wonderful holiday and new year!
touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014   Photographer
You as well my friend!  :hug:
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