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Elegies - A Song Cycle by DalaiHarma Elegies - A Song Cycle by DalaiHarma
99 Luftballoons...

:airborne:

For the last few months I've had the privilege of working with David Lampard on creating a series of photographs that will be incorporated into his production of William Finn's 'Elegies: A Song Cycle'.

This one is my favourite.

30 Red Balloons = $58
Canon 40D with Multi-shot setting = $1500
11 hours worth of composite edting = $11
2 bottles of coke = $6
Ending up with something that belongs on a Pink Floyd album cover = priceless.

And yes, there is a little Floyd tribute version on RedBubble: [link]

Let me point out NONE of this is stock photography, it is all my own original work, shot on the pavement at the end of my driveway and using balloons from a local party hire shop.
And if I did it right, there should be no repeats in the editing :phew: :faint:


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Copyright 2008 Harmony Nicholas
No permission will be given to use/alter/edit/blog/host/reference this image, in whole or in part, without direct written consent from myself, the Artist. Copycats are just sad.
DO NOT USE THIS IMAGE. I am covered by Viscopy under Australian and International Copyright Law any unauthorized use will result in legal action.
I have lawyers, I will use them.

I will also hunt you down and break your knees. No seriously, I will. Ask anyone.
I can be one crazy bitch.
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:iconrhaadoo:
Rhaadoo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
nice:X
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:icondreamseeker82:
dreamseeker82 Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks unreal...
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shadowgirl557 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Writer
why not just release 100 balloons instead of doing so much digitally

half of them look squashed too
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Professional Photographer
I felt bad enough releasing the few that we did due to the fact that they will end up in the ocean. Besides, that would have cost a considerable amount of money and there was no possible chance to make them form a circular object.
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goshkiller365 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
My school did this show, and I had to do tech for said show. It was a nice experience.
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Blank-Polaroid Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009   Photographer
are there really 99 of them? =p
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S3BR4 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
I really like it! I think another thing to try would have been to shape the other balloons like one big one, but I guess a humorous overtone wasn't what you were looking for. Anyway, one of the coolest german songs from the 80s hehe :nod:
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:iconmferchu3:
mferchu3 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008  Student General Artist
woooooow I love it!!
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Belittled-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
hahahhaa

i was helping set up an exhibition for storm thorgerson this week (he shot all the pink floyd covers etc)

and i saw this and thought,, why on earth has she uploaded one of stormy's pictures??

aha lovely work though!
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DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional Photographer
I think you just made my day dear - Thorgerson is my hero :D

And yes, I know about the covers. My dad collected/played PF throughout my childhood and those covers were the reason I wanted to take up photography :nod:
Subliminal messages rock ;)

What is the exhibition? Retrospective?
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Belittled-Bee Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008
taken by storm,,, at the global gallery, paddington sydney :)

he is a truly awesome guy.
absolutely hilarious, but slightly senile.

then again, he thought i was too haha
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McInnes Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008
:D that's fecking awesome - go girl!
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DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
Spanks Sir! :D
I get to see the whole thing in full this thursday, am hoping the system doesn't crash halfway through and the images come up as ERROR files :giggle:
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Ariescis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
99 red baloons !!!!
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:iconjackwack:
JackWack Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Storm Thorgerson is a fucking GOD!!!!
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hallelujah, TESTIFY! :dance:
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:iconjackwack:
JackWack Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Filmographer
*does a back flip down the aisle of the church and lands doing the splits ala blues bros*
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008  Professional Photographer
DO YOU SEE THE LIGHT?! :pray:



( Soooo didn't need to add a la, as if I didn't know ;P )
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JackWack Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I SEE THE LIGHT!!! And i wish i could make a cool little emoticon that look like jesus and james brown.
-how DO you make them little things? Is that the privellidge of being a paying member?


(aaaah you never know......sorry)
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DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Photographer
I saw a DD that was actually of a woman making an emoticon - go searching for tutorials, it's all basically pixel art done frame by frame... looks tedious so I am always seriously impressed by the complex ones :wow:

But that would be awesome, but you'll have to make the WHOLE cast! :nod:

Stu... we need to get the band back together :D
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:iconjackwack:
JackWack Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Filmographer
but J & E are still paying jailhouse rock.(BB 2000 never happened ok)
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Professional Photographer
(agreed)

But we're on a mission from GOD!
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StarryEyed4351 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008   Photographer
Badass!
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:iconsimounet:
Simounet Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful composition and colors ! :D
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finkycake Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks so simple and yet I reckon it must have taken quite a lot of work to get such a perfect shot - love the idea, will we be seeing more like this? :blowkiss:
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DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Maybe not more from the play but DEFINATELY would love to do more of this sort of thing, especially since I absolutely love Storm Thorgerson and everything he does always wished I could do what he did - so long story short, yes haha! :giggle:
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i-ssues Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
That's so beautiful. o_______o! :heart:
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thankyou! :D
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i-ssues Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008
Most welcome! :) <3
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houseofcallahan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
99 Luft Ballons war ein super Song in seiner ursprünglichen Deutsch, ich frage mich, was diese aussehen wird wie in Deutsch?
Oh By the way Miss Harmony, Ihre immer noch einer der kreativsten Küken die ich kenne.
Love Ihre Arbeit
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DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Danke Baz :D
Und hier dachte ich, dass Sie an mir schwuren oder möglicherweise Sie eine Kälte hatten. Blutiger Deutscher.
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houseofcallahan Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Nein ich nur wirklich nicht wie die englische Version von 99 Luftballons Luft und das ist ein Weg, zum Ausdruck bringen, dass. Es ist wie jemand tun, eine englische Version von Plastic Bertrand, dass Song, ich werde nicht versuchen, für Sie, weil Sie wissen, den Namen.
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photograjph Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
:clap: That's some impressive work there deary... although 11 hours in the cutting room is exactly the reason why I don't post much - I've got plenty of images, but I cannot be naff'd editing anything for more than 5 minutes!!

This has come up brilliantly, well worth the effort!! :glomp: :D
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SykotikKittin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Very cool image. Looks like a lot of post work!
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:iconlesmick:
lesmick Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
I have become comfortably AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
A momentary lapse of fruitloops.
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:iconlesmick:
lesmick Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2008
Shine on you crazy Honda
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believe-hope Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
:giggle: i get the pig and pink floyd thingy now...i had to google that one :blush:
am mightily impressed about you doing work for elegies - a song cycle :clap:
you seem to be kicking ass ;)
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AtrophyRegression Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
I LOOOOVE THIS!!!
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gregd-photography Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Where's the pig? Still a great image....
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
Pig's not officially part of the shot, just a bit of fun ;)
This is the version that's going in the play.
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gregd-photography Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Still great!
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Haha good! :phew:
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LithiumWitch Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
very nice, very nice :)
I love the red on the blue..the sky is WAY blue tehehe.
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MissCougars Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
hahaha your insane at times dear!
how are your eyes after that! :faint:
it is very pretty however :D i love it
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Miss-Drea Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
Is there really 99 Luftballoons there? (I can't be fucked to count them)

Wunderschönes arbeit!
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DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Photographer
You and me both babe - I get as far as 40 and then the eyes go funny :O
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:iconmiss-drea:
Miss-Drea Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
Like this? :eyepopping:
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:icondalaiharma:
DalaiHarma Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Haha YES!
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Sun-Seeker Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008
hey! theres something missing, and its not a red balloon! :D
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