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model: Dina
film used: Ilford Delta 3200 (+push)

so, yeah, you know, so many talks about vulnerability of being naked. but nakedness is not when i feel insecure, just unusual maybe. on the other hand facing the facts of life can be truly devastating sometimes and then it takes just about nothing to make your mind collapse. i wish i had a panic room for that. well, i'm kind of building it while life gives me a break.

2010 Konstantin Alexandroff ( -- [link])
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Given 2011-02-23
Panic Room by *MrKostas soft, vulnerable and beautiful depth of field, i adore this gorgeous grainy film shot from one of my favourite photographers on dA, enjoy! ( Featured by Lady-Twiglet )
Lets start by saying, that I like the image - in fact I like it a lot, but I don't think it is perfect.

Words that come to my mind are fragile, vulnerable, chaotic and beautiful; showing that the title of 'Panic Room' is quite fitting... is she wrapped in to a fetus position in her own panic room or escaping to the panic room of her mind... Or any of the myriad possibilities the image together with the title means to the observer.

What then are the particular things that make this an eye catching piece in my mind, what are the things that I especially like in it?
- I like the blur focusing the vision into the subjects face
- I like the posture of the body, which together with the blur and the creeping black darkness around her makes the body look a bit like it was in a 'swirl'
- I like the left hand grasping the body like kind of talons
- I like the film grain, which to me adds to the 'vulnerability' of the image - it adds emotion
- I like the lightning - or more probably said - use of light and dark areas in the image, which brings out the details in the models body while also covering everything unnecessary
- I like the simplicity and composition of the image

There is however one thing that I think takes away from the impact of the image. Some could say, that it brings more to the image, but my perception is the former. To me, the expression in the face of the model argues against the feeling the rest of the image generates. This becomes evident, if in no other way, then by one covering the face and observing the image with seeing the face and again without.

With the above in mind, I would have liked to see something a bit more in an image of this quality. Something that would make it really pop-out and burn into ones retina. To me this image - overall - is almost there, but not quite. It is like the silver medal winner in the Olympics. And we all know, that we will only remember the winners. What this little missing thing is, I don't know, I just see that it is missing.

So what does this leave us? It leaves us with a captivating, well executed image, but not with an image that rises miles above the normal excellent quality nudes. Beautiful, but not perfect.
What do you think?
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esztervaly Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
featured here:…    :)
Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Intriguing perspective, interestingly done! o.o
OliviaMichalski Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You have been featured as a part of my newest Square'ish-feature.
Please check it out and give it a favourite if you enjoyed it.
Have a nice week! :huggle:
starg691 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This wonderfull masterpiece has been featured on my lattest journal Monochrome thoughts
jackdornothing Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well done!
HaruNiji Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Photographer
augenweide Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
A-Finch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ansel2011 Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
great capture!
muzikluvr Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Wow how ethereal <3
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here, hope you like it.
manbe4rpig Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
what a nice presentation of showing the invisibility!
snep Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011  Professional Photographer
qxoo Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
compo, light and deep - interesting ;]
MissKittysHuman Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
VERY pretty image - keep up the good work
3Dave Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
First of all, congrats on the DD. It is well deserved. Beautiful concept and really great execution.

I thought the critique by MarcWeiz was fair until he said something about the expression. It is hard to see the exact expression. Some might like it better if her eyes were closed and there was a look of panic on her face, but I prefer her expression the way it is. Even when you are curled up, and not knowing what to do next, you need to open your eyes at some point and survey the surroundings and the situation.

Do I keep the doors closed and locked? Is it safe to open the window and look around?

There is only one thing I would change, and maybe its the missing thing that MarcWeiz was talking about, and maybe it isn't, but I think it would add to the look of the photo if the black area around the subject was bigger. Maybe even much bigger. That would make the subject stand out even better.

You have a great eye. Fantastic photo!!

My gallery: [link]
fyrehed Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Excellent pose, perspective, lighting, and title. Thank you for sharing. <3
SaturnineMan Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Akemisatya Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
This is a really beautiful picture, I love it
Isolation1995 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
stunning :)
jlspurr Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
That's stunning, the angle and the light are just beautiful!
MoccaCloud Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
There's no words describing it but real. It feels so real. Good work!
Junco9 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Well composed and thought-provocing. Nice work.
RadenWA Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Such a shame we can't get back to our mother's womb, but such is life....

Oh, yeah, this pic reminds me so much of a fetus.
canao Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Sesilya Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I can see the invulnerability you're talking about in all of her posture. The angle and posture are perfect with the title Panic Room.
LeBebeChat Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
Very soft. Great pose on your model. You captured her at a nice angle. She also fits into the square composition well!
patronustrip Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Filmographer
lucidflux Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. I love the depth of field and how almost womb-like the atmosphere is. c: Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the DD! :D
sketchy208 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
the depth of field adds greatly to the mystery and ominous feel
p4ul0 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing ! 'Love it !
luciekout Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
hey, congrats again! :-)
Kostassoid Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
thanks dear! and what a surprise that is! it's been ages since my last DD.
darkbylarissa Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student General Artist
FoxHarvard Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional Photographer
Fantastic shot.
adrian272727 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2011
Fantastic image!
Mesisan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
For me it is your best work! thanks,bec I could watch it:)
MrSchultz Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
I love this shot. It talks and is full of expressiveness. Really good work.
pjs1998 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing images... both the picture and the comments you attached to them. Just a thought, Our nakedness, has it always been so beautiful? Our true nature as the beings we really without the stigma. Can you see that far back. A sculpture of muscle and bone, fine leather and hair. If you look closely at the creatures we have become what do you see?
pjs1998 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
it's just a question...
Jasmin-Ankh Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Beautiful <3
KevinStiles Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
a lovely image...
I-am-Gyperion Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
Отлично :clap:
Полутона нравятся :)
ajrwolf Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful shot - great work!
draechlein Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
this is so wonderful!
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