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i'm pretty much disappointed lately by all the people who prefer positive themes in photography. vivid warm colors, smiles and all that c--p. and they're not saying it out loud of course, they just tend to :+fav: like crazy any tanned girl in orange swimsuit and... that's it, nothing else matters at this point. and of course they ignore everything else. it's a good thing minor key is normal and respected in music. what's so wrong about some pain and drama in photography?

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When I first looked at this photo, I almost immediately felt horrified and awed at the same time. The model's skeletal, drooping hands and caved-in stature, combined with the thinness of her body, takes the whole concept of scarecrows for a nightmarish spin. The grimness of the sky and water create a foreboding atmosphere that is quite perfect for the subject's pose. The model's face is hidden by scraggling black hair as if she were a creature from another life, rising out of the water for some sinister purpose, her creatures swirling in the sky above her head. Her nakedness makes it even more possible to believe she is not of this world, but from one more serpentine and surreal.

The girl's hands seem unnaturally long and skeletal; I personally think they are the creepiest part of the photograph. Everything speaks of a desperation that is macabre but impossibly gorgeous. Admittedly, I would run like h*ll if I saw this girl walking out of the water towards me. I hate to bring up this movie, but I am reminded of a little girl in cinema who will unfortunately forever haunt my dreams, Samara from the movie The Ring (there, I said it). Credit should go not only to the girl who posed for this, but to the photographer for being so unafraid to do something as different, as horrifying, and as dynamic as this photo, something that many photographers would be hesitant to do.

That I get so many contradicting impressions from this photo supports the power of its gothic beauty and astounding originality. Part of its dynamic is the receding horizon contrasting with the forward movement of the subject, approaching the viewer seemingly out of a nightmare. It definitely caught my eye and I hope it catches many more, getting the attention it deserves, because the photographer executed this shot with dark and perfect vision.
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nothing wrong with pain. it's part of life, so we have to suck it up and deal with it. anyone who says otherwise is too happy.

but sheesh, her fingers look unnaturally long! stuff like this is way more interesting than tan and blonde chicks. creepy and/or horror and macabre stuff can be changed around in so many ways. there's more imagination it this kind of art than other kinds.

the lighting matches the overall effect of the photograph, and the lighter sky with the darker crows adds an effect i can't really describe. kinda like they're dark angels or something either protecting the object (in this case the model) or coming to drag it to hell. well, that's what i think it means.
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love it. Thank You
Nomadxx66 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Inspiring photograph!
SukovoTolaryggi Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013   General Artist
amazing. thank you for your photographs, they are all scarily inspiring and full of depressing feelings. I just love them!
sheechaosqueen Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
So awesome, I love this picture *_*
Himedal Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Writer
Absolutely brilliant my friend. well done.
strange2330 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
This is one of my favourite piece's ever. I seriously want to hang this on my living room wall. Amazing!
maarew Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Very nice :)
elementalunacy Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
First off, in response to your statement that people want nothing but happiness in their images:

Despair, drama, and uncertainty is part of life, like it or not, and we will all take the good with the bad, regardless of how hard we try to avoid it or what our hearts desire; these things will find us all. Friends, family, your neighbors, and everyone you know and love will eventually die. One by one, day by day, until all that is left are ashes. That being said, I feel you should work and focus on what's "right" for you, and if that wanders into the realm of sadness, darkness, or the dramatic, then so be it.

An honest critique is just that, regardless of the subject matter. Opinions shouldn't matter. With my opinion on everyone else's opinion clearly stated (heh), onto the critique:

The crows in the background are in the perfect position, and the texture of the sky and the background has enough going on to give it a subtle nuance, but is neither overwhelming and busy nor blank and lacking in contrast. It ties into the image nicely and adds to an excellent shot. The anonymity achieved by obscuring the model's face with her hair and the shadows lends itself to imagination, where the viewer isn't tied to the image of one particular individual and can imagine it being truly anyone. The delicate curves of her hips give an image that would otherwise appear gloomy a tincture of both beauty and strength. The subtle contrast of that soft skin stands out just enough from the rest of the overall photo and offsets the distinct lines of the fingertips and the crows overhead. The vignette is a great final touch, adding darkness and defining borders on a shot that would otherwise not have them and leave the mind to wander. It also directs the focus of the viewer into the center of the shot, where it is met with darkness. The eye wanders out and around the perimeter of the photo to the crows, traveling across the arms and trailing down the unnaturally long fingertips, to the legs, and back to the face. It really gave me pause to stop and think, which would be why I'm writing this critique.

I feel that the object of really good photography, or any art for that matter, is to evoke a response in the beholder without the use of shock factor. You pulled that off nicely here. Well done.
forever-broken92 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow this is great can i use this as a reference for a traditional piece?
Kostassoid Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Photographer
thanks, be my guest
JermeAbr Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I just came across this, I am very impressed!! Great work!! I love the prjection of feelings coming from it, very nice!!
irrationalrationale Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I love this
secretevils Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Student General Artist
LunaAkaisha Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This one reminds me of Rusalka too! Funny thing you mention Minor Key. I am a Music Major... and in one of my classes we had to write some melody... anyway... I used minor Key and not everyone (especially here in Texas where everyone is so damn fucking country and red neck) appreciates the beauty of Minor Key in music... I got some weird ass looks and snobbish comments... Oh and I especially have a great love for harmonic minor. :-) Anyways I love what you do Kostas. It's amazing!
Kostassoid Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks! and sorry to "hear", that must be some awful experience, harmonic/melodic minor = :heart:
Mirna25 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, love the hands.
evilhippo Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
This is a staggeringly magnificent image! Truly exceptional work.
ARatherPleasantFear Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Ah, a wraith that rises from the water... If she was ever human, there is nothing human left in her now. What I see, anyway. The crows, less flocking to her, than disturbed, crying in warning, unsettled by some sense of thing rendered asunder... But that would go against the title, wouldn't it?

Beautifully eerie, undeniably with overtones of the macabre, however it's considered...
Gryffgirl Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
I really like this image! It is dark and eerie, but also beautiful! :blackrose:
izzybella1820 Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! Both the model and the photographer have made this so stunning and I can't stop looking at it! It's addictive!

It's so beautiful but with a very dark side! To me it looks like she is something incredibly evil that has finally escaped from the water to terrorize the people of the the town behind her. Crows are normally portrayed as spies so to me it's like she is calling them to her so they see her and fly around the nearest town as a warning that she is on her way to burn the fear into the people even more.

Maybe I should stop watching so many horror movies :3
Kostassoid Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Photographer
no, please continue. thanks :ahoy:
Walkuere3 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Student General Artist
This is awesome. The lighting is perfect. Great work! :D
sietske-78 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
JCPHOTOGRAPY Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Photographer
Es increíble. Felicidades muy buen trabajo
LiesfromtheLiar Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely gorgeous.. I love the models elongated hands and fingers and the concave shape of her body... this is creepy and nightmarish and a thousand times better than any cliche photograph of a girl in a bikini.. well done
GoldManeRoyale Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I know how you feel. being a conceptual/ expressive photographer and art appreciator it sucks seeing all these favourites on cliche
slutty pix.

I get so bored with the world and its conformists.

are those crows photo manipulated in or are you just some really under appreciated god of photography?

either ways I love how the fingers are elongated. this is a great fucking piece.a
12avendesigner Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012   Artist
I like pose in dark shot.loved
PPoyson Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
fantastic photo, and i completely agree with what you're saying. people are too engrossed in positivity, life isnt always kind, but u have found a way to make those dark moments artistically brilliant. great job and keep up the good work.
Hammelstrup Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!
MattLyvers Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
This is kick ass!! Seriously Wow!!!
aaaa0000aaaaa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow how creepy.
aaaa0000aaaaa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I like this.
GearsX Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Reminds me of Alma
Ata-Delara Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
smokingjack Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
Beauty that gives you the creeps...yes, beauty is not something one would associate with such a pic but I do...great job mate
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kathy1984 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
The thumbnail drew me in. Had to see the full size photo. This is the first photo I have click on in the Halloween special that is just a photo, not digital art. It's refreshingly original. I like the photos voice. I see her as the hawk come alive.Very thought provoking which is what art should do; provoke thought and inspire other artist. Fantastic photo!!!
mzp3nnayh Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love this!
Karonto Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
love the mood , great shot!
TheDollfacedRaven Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
REALLY beautiful photograph, I love everything you've done with this, the set-up, the use of shadows, etc. it's all AMAZING, great job!:D
Chibi-Kiwi93 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is really good and creepy at the same time. Shouldn't it be in photo manipulation genre? either way, she does remind me of Samara. Props for being brave enough to take this pic and spend time to edit it...O__O All that time STARING at the picture...
Grey-Wyvern Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011
Her hands are magnificent and even though I've liked everything in this pic, the hands are still the best part of it! The lake seems so terribly cold... I love it!! :D
sickdesire Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Honestly, I think that that kind of photography which is creepy and weird is more original and creative than some "sweet" pictures of tanned girls.
Great shot and atmosphere of picture, by the way.
Smell-The-Roses Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully captured.
gwalcheved Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it
articsocean Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Wow... talk about skeletal! She's so thin, and- OHMYGOSH I JUST SAW HER FINGERS. I won't sleep tonight!

And I agree about photography, though. Too much happiness is just like the double dip ice cream cone. its too much of a good thing!
dingallama Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Those hands.
Holy shit!
pitschikofski Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
woah, this' giving me goosebumps...seriously
you've created an amazing atmosphere in there! i love it.
how did you made her fingers look so long? they're kinda freaking me out, haha.
it's totally weird, but i honestly think this picture is somewhat beautiful. like in it's own, individual kind of way, you know?

anyway, you did a really great job!!
VulcanFox Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I find this whole photo both beautiful, yet creepy at the same time. The pose of her body shows a sexy yet threatening image. and the background strikes my heart full of despair and horror. As if she's really coming towards me out of the screen....
Pubjunk Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is amazing and extremely creepy. And it's the subtle things that make it so; Her hair, her proportions, her lankyness mixed with the emlongation of her hands and fingers, and so much else. I just expect her body to start to contort in odd ways while barely moving at the same time. And I know it's a common thing to add to the eerieness of an image, but the fact that you cannot see her face makes it very ominous.
As for the scenery, to me it's like the promis of a storm. how everything is dark and still before the real fun begins. In such an everyday area it's like she's a drowning victim or an Irish water spirit that you could encounter aywhere there's water. The murder of crows really is the perfect 'accent' and helps set the mood.
All in all just looking at this makes me think something's gong to happen to make my jump out of my skin and teh music it brings to my mond is that of suspence and morbidity. It's so subtly creepy and almost disturbing (the hand, the hands, holy crap the hands). :clap: I love it!
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