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They only see white or black by Aiko273 They only see white or black by Aiko273
©Aiko273 2008

This actually means a lot more to me than it probably will to anyone else. I don't want to explain it though, so read it how YOU want.
I thought of this idea when listening to this song, especially the lyrics in bold. It's also inspired by Allen Jones ([link]). To avoid repetition, yes I did paint my hands.


I take two steps forward
They try to knock me four steps back
Whenever I see color
They only see white or black

Whenever I speak my mind
They put words in my mouth
Do they really think that I’m lyin'
When I know what they’re all about?

Don’t let them put you down
No, don’t let ’em
Don’t let them put you down
Don’t let ’em
Don’t let them put you down
Don’t let them put you down
Don’t let ’em

When I’m in my sunshine
They bring their rain to fall
I’m lookin‘ at this picture
But they can’t see it at all


I’m steppin‘ on the gas
And I wanna move ahead
They said I'd never make it
But that’s what they always said

Don’t let them put you down
Don’t let ’em
Don’t let them put you down
Don’t let ’em
Don’t let them put you down
Don‘t let ’em
Put ya foot on the gas step on fas

- "Don't Let 'Em" by Bootsy Collins feat. Rosie Gaines, Snoop Dogg & Till Bronner.




(if you are interested in listening to the song (which I'd like you to do) you can hear it on my myspace profile: [link])
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They only see white or black by =Aiko273 is a strong and intense black and white portrait, with beautiful contrast. Very classy while also being edgy at the same time. I think it's highly impressive and just one of many great self portraits in this deviants gallery. ( Featured by PorcelainPoet )
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graffitimonsta012 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Do u mind if i draw this picture???
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Suzie84 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
in :love:
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Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012   General Artist
Featured: [link]
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gacher Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
so professional, so good! love this one
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T-Thomas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   General Artist
Congratulations! Your work has been featured here: [link] :iconpandaballoonplz:
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iluziii Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
featured[link]
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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Ancient-Fu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
Fantastic. I've always wanted to find a picture with this exact idea. Thank you for answering my prayer. Haha.
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you for enjoying it!
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MrToxxx Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
nice1!
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks
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MrToxxx Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
You're welcome!
Did read the message I sent you? About thish photo...
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010  Professional Photographer
Sorry about that, I've replied :)
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MrToxxx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
:)
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sunshine911 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured here: [link] :invisible:
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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Secrets-Of-Paranoia Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
This reminds me of a lot of aspects of my life, metaphorical and literal -

The fact that I am white and with a black girl, people only see race, but the fact that we're both girls, and people only see 'gay love' or 'straight love', they can never just see love, and they can never see all the gray spots, the ways that we don't act like a typical lesbian couple, or a straight couple, the center of the venn diagram, the part where we're just a couple.

Anyway, onto the photo it's self, the contrast and the shines that are crafted in are really beautiful, your use and mastery of negative space to create not only a white shape, almost a Rorschach image, but at the same time a very unique, beautiful, feminine portrait of a woman. ^^ Great image and VERY deserving of a DD.
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Professional Photographer
I'm glad that it speaks to you too, on several different levels. And thank you very much for the comments on the photograph itself. Thank you again!
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Secrets-Of-Paranoia Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
No problem. :) Man, I made that comment forever ago...

Oh, and one last thing that I like; You can't really tell what the race of the model is. :)
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rwilliams2772 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
This is so kick-ass hott ! Wish I could elaborate more deeply but this is my first impression !
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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Chocorroles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Would you consider this a fair use of your photography? [link]

She not only painted it exactly how it looks, but it's selling it as a print.
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Photographer
Yes, she asked me beforehand.
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deishatamar Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i just saw this, i love it. i'm such an enthusiast for bw photos, check my gallery it all filled with bw, hehe ;p
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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DontFall4This Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
Featured here: [link]
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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mattonime Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
featured: [link]
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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Monsieur-Black Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009   Photographer
WOW ! Fascinating !
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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Morena-Doll Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009   Photographer
Wow, I am really loving this.
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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sophistokla Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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sophistokla Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're welcome =)
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marshmallow-pies Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
This beautiful piece has been featured in my latest journal. :heart:
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!!
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520am Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
I can't express how bewitching this photo is in words. ♥
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!!
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B-Dolce Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2009
featured . [link]
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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B-Dolce Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
you're welcome
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saving13 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
nice lighting... like this one...
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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BNPhotography Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009
i LOVE the contrast! :)
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the lighting.
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Aiko273 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you
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tenko72 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome!
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