I'm a multi-media illustrator from Ontario, Canada, and during the last couple of months, I've been blending my two favorite mediums together into this series I call "Inked Photography." A few things inspired me to create this series: First, to channel my anxiety into a new artistic area of expression. So many of us are struggling to cope with this tumultuous year, and art is my therapy. Second, I've always been fascinated with the deep dark forests of the world and the strange creatures that might dwell within. Who knows what lurks beyond the veil of our reality? Third, to perhaps make some statement with these creatures about how we've made a real mess of this planet. If these creatures did exist, I can't imagine they'd be very pleased with the damage we've done.

As with most of my work, I've attempted to balance the creepy and endearing. I hope you find some meaning in these images and enjoy them as much as I've enjoyed creating them.

More info: mindmeltstudio.com | Instagram | Facebook | twitter.com

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The Guardians At Dusk

The Guardians At Dusk

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

This could be in a Terry Pratchett film

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When it comes to my art, It's difficult to pinpoint specific artists who had influenced me, as I've come to know so many amazing creatives that have influenced my work. I guess a few names that leap to mind would be Alex Pardee, Craig Gleeson, Trevor Henderson, and Stefan Koidl. I've been fortunate to have become friends with so many incredibly talented artists in the online community. Their work inspires me every day.

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Spirit Tree

Spirit Tree

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SisterSophie
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1 year ago

Tim burton should make this a movie

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Such Curious Critters

Such Curious Critters

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TabledTurnsxddd
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1 year ago

They are staring cuz a bag of Lays got opened xdddd

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My inked photography pieces generally take a few hours to complete. Most of the untouched photographs are from my collection that I've taken over the years while exploring abandoned locations or traveling across the province of Ontario in Canada. Once I've printed the photo, I sketch a few ideas out first, keeping in mind how the composition in the photo will lend itself to inserting my creatures. Once I've settled on a concept, I draw the creatures with ink directly onto the photo.

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Scavenger

Scavenger

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TabledTurnsxddd
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1 year ago

there goes my pizza and food supply... xd

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Migration Of The Guardians

Migration Of The Guardians

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BOT-Windbound
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1 year ago

They look like something in that game journey if they were added ;)

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I've always been fascinated by abandoned places and nature reclaiming manmade structures. There's a melancholy vibe to these places, and I imagine these creatures as lost souls or perhaps former inhabitants of the locations. The original idea of this series was to blend my illustration work with my photography work, and it's been an incredibly fulfilling project. In many of the images, I tackle themes of mental health, trauma, abuse, and the passage of time.

#6

Mom...those Things Are In My Room Again

Mom...those Things Are In My Room Again

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TabledTurnsxddd
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1 year ago

wait wat- run that back- AGAIN?!

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#7

Will You Reach The Axe In Time?

Will You Reach The Axe In Time?

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Cameron Gable
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1 year ago

no, I won't, thank you very much

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I put a lot of myself into my artwork. Much of my work is rather personal as it is symbolic of my struggles with depression and anxiety. While therapeutic, it can also be draining mentally and physically. Knowing when to take a break is something I'm having to learn, so I don't truly burn out.

In case you are wondering, most people have reacted quite favorably to this series in particular. Inserting so much of myself personally into my work can be a bit scary, but so many people have been drawn to that honesty. I've received messages from people about how my work has deeply connected with them, and they spoke to me about their own struggles and trauma. Seeing my work and feeling like they're not alone in their struggles is a powerful message.

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They Suddenly Appeared In The Mist

They Suddenly Appeared In The Mist

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

like it

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#9

Captive Audience

Captive Audience

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

yep, Covid is still here so keep your distance!

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The initial spark of an idea is the most exciting aspect of creation. When an image pops into my head that feels so right and eventually comes together exactly how I envisioned it. Sometimes in the middle of the process, you can get lost in the details, but you push through for the end result.

Also, to be honest, I've actually had far more success with my artwork on Facebook. Instagram has been an extension of my social media reach and as such is a tool to hopefully reach more viewers of my work. Things change so rapidly online and especially on social media, and there's always new avenues popping up to share work.

#10

I Think You Woke Them Up

I Think You Woke Them Up

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

Who let the Groggs out?

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House For Sale, Haunted Graveyard Included

House For Sale, Haunted Graveyard Included

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

I would buy it.

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I've been drawing since I was a toddler and always loved creating. Art as a career started twenty years ago when I took Fine Arts for three years at Cambrian College in Sudbury, Ontario. It hasn't been easy finding a successful career in the arts. But every struggle has informed my work. When I started college, I was initially interested in painting and realism. As my mind opened to the arts world, I fell in love with other genres and movements. After I graduated, I mostly explored abstraction and dark surrealism. And a lot of photography. It was during this time that I fell in love with urban exploration and photographing abandoned places. Around 8 years ago, I started doing mostly illustration work, which has evolved into the work I do now.

#12

As One Guardian Dies, Another Awakens

As One Guardian Dies, Another Awakens

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Neil Srivatsa
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1 year ago

The guardians footprints are in the snow

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#13

We Don't Dare Go Near The Grimsley House

We Don't Dare Go Near The Grimsley House

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Elijah Westreich
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1 year ago

happy about it

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#14

Mommy...there's Something In The Attic

Mommy...there's Something In The Attic

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

The image looks more scared. loving the back ground. This house must of been empty for a while.

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#15

The House Is His Now

The House Is His Now

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

like a dolls house

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#16

The Tree Is Alone, But Not Lonely

The Tree Is Alone, But Not Lonely

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

ah look, little baby ones.

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#17

Crisis Of The Spirit Stags

Crisis Of The Spirit Stags

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Neil Srivatsa
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1 year ago

Guardian Horses

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#18

Should We Let Him In?

Should We Let Him In?

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

Judging the red on the glass....NO!

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Watching And Waiting

Watching And Waiting

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

horse meat is not good for you

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#20

He Casts A Long Shadow

He Casts A Long Shadow

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Dotzilla
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1 year ago

Or is that shadow just another monster?

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#21

The Stain Of Pain

The Stain Of Pain

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Tye Dye Llama
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1 year ago

I like this one,

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#22

Their Spirits Rise At Sundown

Their Spirits Rise At Sundown

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Jasmine Donald
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1 year ago

This one's actually kinda cool.

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#23

They Came Out Of The Walls

They Came Out Of The Walls

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago (edited)

and the sockets. computer virus

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#24

We'll Stop For Water Elsewhere

We'll Stop For Water Elsewhere

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

spooky

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#25

We Have A Terrible Mold Problem

We Have A Terrible Mold Problem

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BOT-Windbound
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1 year ago (edited)

we do indeed judging by the goop

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#26

The Eldritch Portal

The Eldritch Portal

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Christian N/A
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1 year ago

It's the Mind Flayer escaping

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The TV People

The TV People

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

once you in it you never getting out

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#28

Shaggy Shamblers Always Travel In Threes

Shaggy Shamblers Always Travel In Threes

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

looks like the one on the left has lost a roller skate

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#29

They're Just Standing There... Watching Us

They're Just Standing There... Watching Us

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Neil Srivatsa
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1 year ago

Guardian kids: " Mommy, why is our dinner running away from us, we promised it a quick death? "

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#30

The Splintered

The Splintered

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BOT-Windbound
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1 year ago

he looks like he just woke up after going to sleep at 2 am

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#31

The Guardian Totems

The Guardian Totems

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BOT-Windbound
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1 year ago (edited)

Someone get some darts that guy on the left is perfect ;)

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#32

The Wanderers Of Winter

The Wanderers Of Winter

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AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
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1 year ago

yeah no ill take a turnaround please thank you

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#33

Pass At Your Own Risk

Pass At Your Own Risk

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

No your alright thanks. I will take the long way round.

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#34

If This Is What's Left, What Happened To Dolores?

If This Is What's Left, What Happened To Dolores?

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

no chance getting a good nights sleep here then.

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#35

The Wailing Widow

The Wailing Widow

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TabledTurnsxddd
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1 year ago (edited)

excuse meh but my fridge and microwave is upstairs- pls move ;D EDIT: She did not move.

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#36

Mama And Her Spiderlings

Mama And Her Spiderlings

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

No thanks. I hate spiders

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#37

The Lumbering Guardian

The Lumbering Guardian

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BOT-Windbound
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1 year ago

This is me after 1 hour in my room for punishment

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#38

They Won't Bother Us, If We Don't Bother Them

They Won't Bother Us, If We Don't Bother Them

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

Dont think i want to

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#39

The TV People

The TV People

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

Good one if you need the kids to go to bed

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#40

Halloween Spirits

Halloween Spirits

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Elijah Westreich
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1 year ago

spooky

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#41

They Will Rest Here For The Night

They Will Rest Here For The Night

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BOT-Windbound
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1 year ago

Gurdians: I'd like to stay here tonight a guy:Sorry but there is really no roo- Gurdians: YOU DARE OPPOSE ME MORTAL

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#42

The House Is His Now

The House Is His Now

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

repeat

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#43

Feasting On The Freezer Burnt

Feasting On The Freezer Burnt

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago (edited)

OI!!! thats my lunch in there. Wait a minute, that is my lunch.

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#44

The Remains Of Franz Fische

The Remains Of Franz Fische

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

SPLATTTTT!

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#45

The Haunted Portrait Of Timothy Treadwell

The Haunted Portrait Of Timothy Treadwell

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TabledTurnsxddd
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1 year ago

wAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh!

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#46

Pulled Under

Pulled Under

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TabledTurnsxddd
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1 year ago

totally gonna survive that-

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#47

This House Has Been Here Long Enough

This House Has Been Here Long Enough

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

knock it down and put up a parking lot

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#48

The Crimson Apparition Of Waverley Road

The Crimson Apparition Of Waverley Road

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Billy the kid
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1 year ago

I like this one. the best so far

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#49

Evil Has Entered This Place

Evil Has Entered This Place

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Elias Carlson
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1 year ago

Close it back up.

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