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    This photo is totally inspired from the availability of raw materials from a local craft store. The cracked skin texture of Photoshop looks artificial and I wanted to try the real thing. I purchased modeling clay and had to endure the questions from my family as I made a clay smoothie in the blender before painting myself with it and using a hair dryer to create the true cracked texture look. Clay, thumbtacks, clothespins...they've all served to fuel the question, "What can I do with this?"
    Composition 5
    Lighting 7
    Creativity 9
    Story 7

    Mike, this photo wasn't just selected by me, but was selected by Aya and Gloria who ran the Lines, Textures and Patterns assignment. We all agreed that your creativity amazes us all here on Your Shot and we're always wondering what you're going to upload next. Thank you for always inspiring us!

    Matt Adams
    Senior Producer, Nat Geo Your Shot
    Photo Details
    Date Taken: May 18, 2017
    Date Uploaded: May 18, 2017
    Location: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
    Focal Length: 105 mm
    Shutter Speed: 1/125 sec
    Aperture: f/9
    ISO: 250
    Copyright: © Mike Melnotte
    Categories: People, Portraits, Style
    Assignments: My Best Photos of 2017, Lines, Textures, and Patterns, A Spark of Genius