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god said no by suzi9mm god said no by suzi9mm
the title was the carrying theme for this photograph.

if you can't tell, she's pregnant, and it appears as if god said "no"...

as far as i know nuns are not supposed to have sex so although i don't really blame god for miscarriages, there's a logic... also i don't believe in god so i really have nothing against his supposed presence. i know this might look like blasphemy to some, but i assure you that was not my intention. i have deliberately avoided religion succesfully so far for a couple of reasons but as i bought this nun costume for halloween i knew this was it, i absolutely have to use it for photos. so, i'm not making claims of god's deeds, just playing on beliefs and cliches as usual.

i cannot know what she is thinking but i assume she is caught by surprise and devastated and cannot comprehend why this is happening. if you wonder about the blood...i really shouldn't need to explain this but she was obviously standing when she started to bleed. hence the blood is along the thighs. and i use fakeblood, more info here [link]

the patient model was Maggie BB aka ` dottiemaggie :) it all began when i knew i wanted to use her legs for a photo.
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GiromCalica Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I searched for "that's what she said".
Meow2puchiko Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2012  Student General Artist
As a woman who cannot produce a child, this is a breathtaking image that can speak to a person more ways than one...
ronyluna Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Artist
from someone thats misscarried. i think it represents it nicely. immortalizes what should not be forgotten.. for some reason someone said no somewhere along the line.
Actually, it doesn't sound like blasphemy. It sounds like gibberish. If this photo was merely about a costume and a creative photo shoot, then most of the first paragraph is unnecessary. A disclaimer is fine, but make sure it stays relevant to the context. It's definitely helpful that you pointed out this was not meant as a religious statement, but you could have said so in fewer words.

I'm not here to lecture you on anything, I'm simply trying to give you some sound advice as a writer.
Ichinose-nyan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
lmfao XD
Darkness-Falls-Gwen Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
wow i cant believe im saying this, but i am offended, not that its a nun,[im agnostic] but because you chose to show a miscarriage. i dont care if you were meant to get pregnant or not, no person should ever have a picture immortalizing that moment. my sister had a miscarriage; it was singularily the most upsetting thing for her. this is just.....upsetting. i have no other word for it. im just surprised the model would be fine having this done, real or no.
Fuffuster Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So, what? People just shouldn't talk about miscarriages because some women have had miscarriages in the past? That's ridiculous.
TheOn3LeftBehind Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
So.. your experiences are biasing you against this photo. Don't be closed minded. This was made for a statement (as with most artists), not for shits and giggles. It's creativity, imagination, whatever the hell you want to call it. If you don't like it, ignore it.
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010   Photographer
yeah i suppose it would be better if it was never talked about, showed or represented? that would be called a taboo.

i dont think representing miscarriage does not devalue it, possibly opposite.

horrible and sad things happen in the world but photographing only flowers and candy doesnt really help, i think.
Zeitfresser Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2010  Student General Artist
very nice!
jjones153 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2010
its a cool photo, all i want to state that some of your religious"beliefes" are mixing religions. lol
but no biggy-this picture is sweet-ass! and i love it.
sillypinkpandaxp Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This is great!
And I'm with hotpeskychick I don't see any blasphemy either and besides;
this is what art is about, showing messages and different opinions
anyone who as a problem with it is not watching it clearly. :)
blancoscurocasinegro Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
it's awesome, one of my favourites
AkiNoWaza Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
GrazieaDio Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
that's my favourite, ever.
109sunrises Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
Brilliant, you can almost feel her pain. Amazing piece :)
heavenlyhot Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is horrible but stunning at the same time. An amazing work of art.

Carmmine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Girl, you're a freaking genius. :wow:
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009   Photographer
Carmmine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ugh, don't "look" at me like that, I bet you've already heard that. :P :D
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009   Photographer
well, it never gets old ;) i am honored
Carmmine Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha. ^^
You're welcome, your gallery is impressive. :heart:
RikkiNikki Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm christian and I see no blasphemy. People are...human. I don't know any personally, but I'm sure nuns make mistakes too. I love teh execution of this photo and i think it captures teh surprise and sadness of the event.
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009   Photographer
well, the possible blasphemy is in the title's relation to the photo. "god said no", and her bleeding as if perhaps having a miscarriage. so is god causing her to miscrriage cos he (or she? heh) does not approve of her having had sex (being a nun and all...)? i dunno. but that is one option, which might cause someone to disagree and whatnot.

glad u don't though. after all its just a photo and one way of many to look at it.

glad u like the photo, too :)
xXMedicXx Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh wow.
how horrid and sad.
I love how people blame "god" for they're reasoning.
but find out they are just going aginst him again

BUT, awesome picture.
DEMIAH Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2009
This gave me some epic chills... I won't lie.
Great shot, and is the blood photo-manipulated or did you use fake blood?
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009   Photographer
fake blood
DEMIAH Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2009
That's really cool though. :]]
Mr-Galo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
I like the idea you work in this pic. It rules!
S-Zombiefuck Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008
This is blasphemy!!!
I send you to hell fot this whore of Babylon!!!

Kidding xD

Fucking briliant!!
drigulch Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Outstanding! Your presentation of this plethoric pregnant penitent is powerfully thought provoking. Thank you for conjuring, composing and communicating the compelling, controversial and Nun convent-tional. Art, is obviously not just guy's name to you and intellectual inspiration is a dished best served bold. You have stirred the cauldron vigorously in serving up this sanguinary supper and the sauce you used causes a very complex taste temptation.

I am very, very glad that you are courageous in your creativity and convictions. Unlike so many cowards among us who so desperately disdain the potentially distasteful as determined by those who were given eyes but will not see.

You have violated my forth rule of life and i commend you for doing so. My rules are
1) Never car pool with a one armed widow wearing an eye patch and driving a hearse.
2) Never eat a a rural roadside restaurant called " Mom's Homestyle Cookin'"
3) Never play poker with a guy named Doc.
4) Never present politics or religion in a public forum potentially visited by pinheads with balloons for brains.

Hope to see so much more of all of you art, if we can count on you spooning up more of the stuff that un-timidly takes on taboo, you will find me attending services religiously. Even if you have hold a 9mm to our heads to make me think while here.

In future perhaps you will applying your accomplished artistry to explore another queer question for me, does life begin when you are some man's short rib or when you actually are meat on the bones of a living breathing second class citizen as defined by convention.

suzi9mm Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008   Photographer
"attending services religiously" :lol:

you really have a way with words aye? i like that.

before i get to explore your question in visuals, let me tell you (regardless of the level of your true interest in my tiny opinions) what i think. i think life begins when the egg is fused with sperm. however...i think it becomes a person, a human being, around the time when heart, nerves and brain are formed and start functioning more less. and thats at around 3 months/12 weeks, which normally (coincidence?) is the deadline for abortion. however i wouldnt put a stop to aborting a fetus at week 14 either, for a good reason, its not like its thinking and feeling stuff. and i dont believe in souls etc.

qiitos... a new way of saying it :nod:
BurnedWings-BentHalo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
this is very touching
jpete12 Featured By Owner May 7, 2008
really odd, but great all at the same time. fantastic work!
redchains Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2008
so fucking awesome!
Bloodlords Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2008
God said no, but I say yeah!!!
Great picture
SleepyPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Student General Artist
GraveDeath Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2008
I have no words for you !
lordofnumbers Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
hereticzombie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008
hey suz, i can understand in not trusting in organized religion but why not god, i am intrigued by your image very well.
IinmyHead Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2008
Cutenesscankill Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2007   Photographer
Umm. Just... Wow. O.o Wicked!!! Very nice.
iq32 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
Any time some one mentions God, a million people throw their opinions in to a hat, then someone draws one out, and every one feeds off that opinion. If a person decide to understand only one side of an argument, then they are just ignorant. I have never understood why some people go to great lengths to disprove another persons faith, While other people simply do not choose to question their own. Religion is just a system to keep people in line, however faith is something that someone believes in for no reason, other then if it makes sense to that person. Blasphemy is an act against God, but this work doesn’t appear to be blasphemous. This is because the Religion behind the nuns deceives her into believing that celibacy is right, and the path to understanding God. But nature dictates that it is up to every creature to reproduce and pass on its genes. So with that one thing in mind, Religion is unnatural.

Here is a question for you to think about.

If a pilot jumps in an aeroplane an takes off. Don't you think that he has to have some faith that the plane will function properly? Or how about if it doesn’t? Falling down to Earth, I fairly cretin that the pilot has faith that the parachute will open properly.
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Photographer
well, i find religion unnatural too, or depends on the religion. christianity anyway, some others may be more in touch with humans nature. in any case, people often seem to also have a need to belive in something higher, that need seems to be natural as well. uncertainty seems to be hard to accept.

either way, i accept everyone to make their own decisions, its a personal choice.
TomoyoUtsuwa Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007

That's a strong, really strong message-- God can give, and God can take away. I can't really see why anyone would be offended, but as I'm not all that religious I probably wouldn't... :shrug:
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2007   Photographer
:) yea
AerisetLux Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2007
this is one of my favorites, the way you used the title of it. WAW!
twiggy551571 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
that poor baby
why didnt god kill the nun instead?
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007   Photographer
i dunno. he prolly will. lol.
twiggy551571 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
but the baby wont live will it!?!

I HATE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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