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Free Kittens by CharlesBCarma Free Kittens by CharlesBCarma
No animals were hurt during the creation of this piece. I don't condone cruelty or harming of humans or animals, and this piece is by no means about that.

Human beings have the tendency to be quite extreme at times, sometimes even destroying what is beautiful.


Thanks for the comments from everyone. I understand the concerns. Sometimes art has to draw some figurative blood in order to create an impression and to be a catalyst for thought.

- Charles
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Free Kittens by ~CharlesBCarma Not being a huge fan of the feline ... this immediately caught my eye. An eye that still saying, "what the hell???!!!!" Very interesting photo. Glad to read no cats were hurt. ;) ( Suggested by DorOthY-ShoEs and Featured by cweeks )
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ShesNeverComingBack Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
I love it. Just as long as no kittens were hurt. Nice photography. I love how the cats are. And the way the woman is sitting on the roof with the birds behind her.  Beautifuly well done
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Alice-Alizarin Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Seriously people need to calm the fuck down and to not get their panties in a big bunch over this beautiful photo.
People. NO KITTENS WERE HARMED. The very talented photographer said so both in the description and in a comment. It's not that hard to read the goddamn description as it takes less than a minute unless you need a long time to digest it. But eh, now that that's out of the way. This is a very well done photograph and you clearly have a mastery of darkroom skills. I applaud you for sending an important message by stirring up controversial thoughts and feelings. I could not help but laugh afterwards as it was indeed, ridiculously ironic in a illogical sense of judgment. I didn't feel bad for the kittens here, but for the kittens in reality whom this actually happens to everyday. Look, if you know you don't have enough or do the, " I think I can have a cat if I work hard enough " , then please don't get a cat. It will save you the frustration, the possible heartache, and perhaps the poor cat's life. Having a pet is expensive even for budget people. So I hope this sends the message that if you can't live up to the expectations of having a cat, then don't make the cat suffer for your own poor choices. And before the smartass people comment, I have two cats of my own, a tuxedo cat and an orange tabby cat and a black corn snake. Good job Charles and I hope to see more of your work soon.
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romanov302 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Horribly Good! IT's scik but in a good way. I think.
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Wildstar3 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011
poor cats (MEAN WOMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) I LOVE ANIMALS and good pic (though i know it's not real)
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MorbidKittyCorpse Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't know why people are getting so bent out of shape about it. It's clearly stated that no animals were harmed in the making....so chill...trick photography was around way before photoshop...

I love animals, all animals. I can't stand to see anything bad happen to them. Nothing bad really happened to the animals in this photo, but in real life terrible things happen every day and people just turn a blind eye.

I LOVE this image because to me it depicts how hollow, soulless and thoughtless society can be towards not only the smaller beings but also the smaller aspects of life. As the woman in the picture tosses away a box of free kittens, (as many hardened people really have done when they can't find them homes...in fact that's how my cat came to live with me. she was abandoned, I took her in while most people just walked by her and said 'aw, kitty! cute!' and carried on with their lives) humanity has tossed away nearly every natural gift the planet has given us...including, as many people who comment here have proven, the gift of common sense and rational thought.

Dear artist, please continue making wonderful thought provoking works of art. Those that sleepwalk through life may never really hear what you've got to say, but the rest of us are listening...and every once and awhile, a bold enough voice will awake a sleepwalker or two, so hold you head high, and your camera even higher, the world needs your voice. :)
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FlashExplained Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
Horribly good!
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CinderFox73095 Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist
That's hilarious. Really, awesome photo, cats being thrown off houses aside.
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3dgluvr4life Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Great picture! It's also nice to know that the kittens were harmed in the process. ^_^
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Koharu-Mihashi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
I want to be she...
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ChelseaHeartGreen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009   Photographer
This picture is cool but crazy because that lady threw her cats into the water!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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TheBlessedHellride Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2009
Hahah i love this photo!!
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98---Lovebug---98 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2009
:thumb80360701:ಠ_ಠ HOW DARE U!!!!!!!!! I HATE U!!!!!!!! >:C >:C >:(
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DeadVampire101 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Wow lol at first I was like "Holy crap" but then I read your comments great job lol
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RudolphSnow Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008
Hey, is that house in Kennebunkport, Maine? Looks like my nieghbors house across the street, and its on the ocean like that too.
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CharlesBCarma Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
It sounds like a lovely location, but that's not where this is. This is from Northern California
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RudolphSnow Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008
Oh... how ironic
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jackepstein Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
This is so good, I'm going to buy this print!
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CrimsonDagger Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2008
This piece reminds me of all the stray cats that have been thrown away because of many reasons be it that the kitten has now turned into a cat and has lost all its cuteness or the fact that the kittens were not planed. It's sad of how many strays are out there now days.
I don't know if that's how the piece was ment to be taken but that's how I see it. You've done a great job on this ^_^
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LeadxSingerXX Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2008
best thing I've EVER seen =]
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Cho03 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
its amusing to see all the noobs thinking that this is real, especially when you stated that the cats weren't hurt. but really, i cant imagine your skill when it comes to manipulating actual photos.
i can do it digitally but this is awe inspiring. excellent work charles.
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fermariel Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Digital Artist
hhahahah thiiss is soo damn fuunny
idk whyy but it made me laugh aloot
xD
glaaad,that none of those kittens got hurt
but i wish i could be the girl throwing them awaaay special
cus i hate cats
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AppleBubble Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2009
you are not my friend.
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moonwolf17 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2007
that's awesome! i love it! =)
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Cookingshamb2007 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2007
you can die
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LeadxSingerXX Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2007
HOLY **** woahh... that's really sad =[ but kinda funny at the same time =] =] =] creative too
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shikashika Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2007
Is the person throwing the cats in the ocean because that's sad. :(
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kazarama Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
love it!
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franciscodisco Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
lol nice...
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TRIV3N Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
GREAT WORK
LOVE THE TITLE
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DeaSybelle Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
i love this photo.
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00Paffy00 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2007
Boor kittens :(
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tam4jonhson24 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2007
:]] i love.
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Bonia Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
awesome oldschool picture
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mediocre-matt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2007
Yeah,
this is pretty amazing.

Lovely b/w.
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TriviaBitter Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
very cool :D despite the fact that she's trowing cats ...xP
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edamon Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2006
This is sublime. It annoys me how good it is.

If you'll forgive me, something about it reminds me of a Sebastiao Salgado photograph of an oil well firing in Iraq during the Gulf War. You may know it, it shows a man walking toward the towering blaze of a well, while foam fire retardant arcs and showers over his head. It's apocalyptic. But he appears as a statue-figure, like the woman depicted in your image. A central figure that makes the action but somehow appears removed from the living world.
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pixelfrenzie Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2006   Photographer
Hehe. Did you take this at Alcatraz Island? That rooftop looks very familiar.
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nelledreamsofberlin Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2006
brutal.... worthy...... what an imagination you have.
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Chocolate-Poetry Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
What a deep piece. Solid and unbound. *applause*
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HellOnWeelz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2006
"Human beings have the tendency to be quite extreme at times, sometimes even destroying what is beautiful...Sometimes art has to draw some figurative blood in order to create an impression and to be a catalyst for thought."


As you have done so well.
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mgilpin Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2006
great image... makes for some great comments... and, by the way... great artist comment...
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eluis Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
frankenstein and the little girl by the lake?
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theonecynic Featured By Owner May 10, 2006
Beautiful building, is that a statue placed on it?

I love the surreality of this.
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lenoki Featured By Owner May 4, 2006
Amazing! I can't even begin to imagine how you manage to master such difficult darkroom skills! :heart: and the message is so strong!
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lovewewerebornin Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2006
WWWWWWaaaaoooww.
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OniRyuu1023 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
"set as backround"
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feelgoodthing Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
i agree it's a beautiful piece, but at the same time, it's difficult for me to accept this one because a very close family friend rescued Rio after he was thrown off a bridge with his brothers and sisters (as they were all kittens). They were tied and sealed shut into a plastic garbage bag, and she tried to find the other kittens, but the only one she was able to find was Rio.

I still wonder about the other kittens that drowned that day...and my heart breaks for them, because I watched Rio grow up into an adult cat as he lived at our house for awhile.

So seeing a photograph of somebody throwing kittens off a roof of a house into the water makes me sad and depressed at the same time. My heart wants to cry, "I'LL TAKE THEM! GIVE THEM TO ME! DON'T KILL THEM"

At the same time, as a photographer, I know where we can manipulate our work to fit our vision, and sometimes what we see or create is not always pretty or perfect. Nothing in life is pretty or perfect, so I have to give you kudos to you for the darkroom work, because I know how difficult it is to do that.
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CharlesBCarma Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2006
Allison,
thank you for your kind and well articulated thoughts on the piece. My cat is also a stray that I took in after she was abandoned at an old metal scrap yard. She is my little striped shadow. The feedback that I have gotten on this piece is quite remarkably unexpected, and I am sure that there are people out there that view me as a genuinely evil person, but I think you hit it on the head when you said that things in life aren't always pretty, sometimes we make situations worse with what we may see as the simple solution. Thanks again.

CBC
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tboy321025 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006   Photographer
not only is this an absolutly hilarious picture, i think it stands for much more than that, and that's why i like it. great work!
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shamanski Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2006   Photographer
from the tale, mmm
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