“I have no face”, a tale of Ambulatory Coercion

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Above: Woman in chador overlooking the Bosphorus from the Topkapi Palace, Istanbul.  (Michel Botman Photography, June 2009)

The contrast between the dark clothing and the luminous landscape inspired a short piece about the Islamic veil.  (October 2009)

I have no face
No smile
No eyes
I have no body I am a dark shadow
Amongst dark shadows

I wear a jail over my head
Over my mind
Over my soul
I am nobody

I am a dark shadow
Amongst dark shadows

They talk about freedom
Where is my choice?
Where is my voice?
I live in a dark cage

I am a dark shadow
Amongst dark shadows

They talk about honour
About acid
And stones
I live in the dark ages

I am a dark shadow
Amongst dark shadows

I long for liberty
I long for new statutes
I long for rights
I long for light

I am a dark shadow
Amongst dark shadows

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About Michel Botman

Michel Botman was born in Belgium, where visual arts have always flirted with the limits of reality. In the eighties, Michel Botman started exploring the first tools to manipulate images though computers. For about 15 years, Michel Botman worked throughout Europe in the emerging field of Computer Applications for the Graphic Arts. Extensive experience in Digital Imaging allowed Michel to move into the field of computerized systems for Diagnostic Imaging. As VP Sales & Marketing for eSys Medical and later with Eclipsys, Michel Botman always remained dedicated to the creativity and innovation that are at the heart of his career. At the present time, Michel Botman is refocusing his life towards graphic arts. “I studied photography in Europe, but never had time to practice it enough. Life took me on other paths towards computer technologies and running a business. I enjoyed it very much, but I also love art. I always keep my eyes open for exciting opportunities and people that touch my heart.” Michel Botman lives in Toronto with his wife Lindy and son Noah. Above Gravatar pictures are of Michel Botman, his wife Lindy Amato and his son Noah Botman.
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