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Forgotten Fairytales by zemotion Forgotten Fairytales by zemotion
she believed and held on
to everything that was once promised,

everything that would be,
fading away...


Photography: Zhang Jingna
Model: Sveta

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Motherland Chronicles #43 - Dreaming by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #52 - The Death of Eurydice by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #23 - Dive by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #4 - The Waiting by zemotionCelosia. by zemotionRedemption by zemotion

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Given 2007-07-11
Forgotten Fairytales by `zemotion - Is an amazing piece of art. A beautiful composition and the overall mood really caught my eye. This artists gallery is very inspiring and filled with beautiful works.Thank you for sharing. ( Suggested by mauricioestrella and Featured by hellfirediva )
Very beautiful and interesting piece. Its truly intriguing as how the girl ends up in this state of sadness. Was she betrayed? Or perhaps her beloved passed away at the night of her wedding?

The models pose, the debris and the coloring, all contribute to a very sad and lonesome atmosphere. The models' feelings are amplified passing to the photograph viewer her desperation, her dashed hopes, and of course the lingering question of why she is so sad.

The framing is masterfully chosen to create a perfect balance while feigning asymmetry. I really like the placement of the model up, while filling the empty space with her wedding gown.

Truly perfect! :)
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311 out of 320 deviants thought this was fair.

Critique by Umarachnea Nov 13, 2009, 2:37:43 AM
A haunting image, beautifully done. The concept of the series, is very nice, and what's more interesting, is your approach.

Where the hair should be, it has been replaced with the dress.

The lighting, color tones, textures and model's pose and expression have been beautifully crafted together. The framing of the window towards the upper right adds to the whole Rapunzel feel.

The attention to details at the bottom of the shot give this strange aura.

I do however, wish the feet were not cut off, and that the background within the window was darker (the non black area). I find them to be a wee bit distracting from an otherwise overwhelming shot.

It's a shame the window is not higher, to completely remove the model from the center (not that it affects the photo, just a personal preference).

I am a bit late in confirming what already many have said:
Wonderful Job... :thumbsup: bravo!
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203 out of 213 deviants thought this was fair.

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LizaByte Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
this is breathtaking.
mantos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
CODFANZ Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Congratulations for making the all time popular deviation 
zecle Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015   Digital Artist
i saw a white centaur girl at first.
lovebuggyk Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! The photographer really captured emotion in this photo. It says so many words without really saying anything. I love this piece. Props to the photographer!
Yuzuru-Sasaki Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
What can I say? Is absolutely beatiful
susan-the-hedgehog1 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely i love your photography
kaya205 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Wow wow wow it's breathtaking
MelodyLunar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful, and looking at the art and the name of it gives me the feels 
PureBoredomArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful
VladimirAlucard Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Very pretty
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Artist
Your fu kn kiddn me R I G H  T
I T/////P[OINJT>>>
kittyriffic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Are you freaking out about the pageviews and favorites? Yeah ik, I can't believe it either ;o;
morningstarskid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Artist
Im sorry.. im confused,,,
page views.... numbers...Not ART....
Yeah i measure...i watch 2 many people..

As for you.... Z...... Rock on.,..
kittyriffic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist I'M confused XD
You men this stuff right?
akaVal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Clap Clap Clap 
JigabytesS Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
swaroop1947 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
Great composition and a beautiful form and figure!!!
RoseliaTyler Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
Bananaphobia Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
So gorgeous 
Maxence31 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student General Artist
Nice :)
DanielxBarreto Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
I used this photo for my digital art ♥…

FrancoisDeWynter Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
LostbunniesofWendy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love her dress!
Walter1904 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
I love this one….congrats!!!!
Bas-Foto Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Very nice
VanFanelSama Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!! I like it ^_^
poweruser Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
Was it your intent to have her look like a ferry tail white horse?

Stand back and squint your eyes and it looks JUST like the outline of a horse! Be it intentional or even better if accident, WOW is the best way to describe this :)
Neighneighhorse Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Photographer
I think this piece is amazing. You really hit the right note.
Lisavdb Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Nearly 2 million views on this one. *u*
icehabe Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this photo for my digital art.…

If this could cause any copyright issue, I will delete it. Please let me know.

Thanks for a beautiful inspiring photo ;)
openskyline Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Every aspect of this rocks,
ORIGINALCUSTOMART Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Brilliant work. Please stop by Sell your originals, prints, limited editions or digital products. Commissions from 30 - 90% . Hope to see you there
jeneru Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love how this image really made me feel sad for a while.
Truly beautiful work.
Keep it up! :3
Krazy-Kriti Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
wow :)
laynesolo Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice.. check my artworks too:

keep doin' great job!
Kay-March Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
Beautiful work.
Koolgirman900 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
(Sorry. Don't read this if you don't believe in chain mail. I don't take risks.)
WARNING! Carry on reading! Or you will die, even if you only looked at the word warning!
Once there was a little girl called Clarissa, she was ten-years-old and she lived in a mental
hospital, because she killed her mom and her dad. She got so bad she went to kill all the
staff in the hospital so the More-government decided that best idea was to get rid of her so
they set up a special room to kill her, as humane as possible but it went wrong the
machine they were using went wrong. And she sat there in agony for hours until she died.
Now every week on the day of her death she returns to the person that reads this letter, on
a Monday night at 12:00 a.m. She creeps into your room and kills you slowly, by cutting you
and watching you bleed to death. Now send this to ten other pictures on this one site, and
she will haunt someone else who doesn't. This isn't fake. apparently, if you copy and paste
this to ten comments in the next ten minutes you will have the best day of your life tomorrow.You
will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain u will see a little dead girl in your room
sodanyan40 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, Well I am dead
YalovaLee Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Wow super girl 
NineFireStar Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014   General Artist
Wow, very nice! I like the framing, I suppose my only question is what is holding that train up? :P I don't know if you want critique, but personally I would have included the same amount of wall on the right side of the window and something similar above it (if possible). Very nice anyhow.
PiercieShields Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The wall looks very rough. The light chiffon of the dress would be quick to stick to it (and probably rip without the direction of a photographer). And by having the light dress drape off to the lower left, it created a counter to the dark of the window at the top right. It gives the photograph a much needed balance :)
neekalunardance Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
still a favorite. I remember when this was first posted :)
Karinta Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Pure beauty and sadness, complementing each other in a wonderful way.
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