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Motherland Chronicles 1 - The First by zemotion Motherland Chronicles 1 - The First by zemotion
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Photography: Zhang Jingna
Hair: Linh Nguyen
Makeup: Wendy Karcher
Model: Yana Shmaylova/Marilyn NY
Photo assistants: Tony Li, Deborah Baik

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This is an amazing piece from the mask to the slump of the (bare) shoulder. I saw this and felt some grip on my stomach for this woman. But the emotion seems to get lost in the mask too, which made me sad to see that such a beautiful piece could take away from another. Her hair also seemed to take from the impact and visuality of this picture. I wish that there was some type of knowledge that could be included into this image, but I what is in front of my eyes does not disappoint me. I really like this and hope to see more from you and your creativity.
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A brief critique, as I am very busy....
The mixture of the mask, the feathers and the wind-swept hairstyle is very evocative, depicting a unusual bird/human animalism. Nonetheless, I feel that the sadness and isolation of the model (by some grand anonymity) are more important and more visually potent than the animalistic qualities of the work. The photograph works well, but the fact that the you cannot see beyond the shoulder of the model does create a visual ambiguity. Should the human/bird be in flight (or a pose suggesting flight?) or crossing the sea alone (black and white may indicate a sea bird)? The black background also leaves the viewer guessing at the meaning of the work.

So, a little puzzling... Perhaps we should see more of the model or view her from the bottom of the neck upwards which would frame her face and hair? But, nevertheless an attractive and moody shot depicting animalism, femininity and lonliness.

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Gazlan-Sahmeiy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
Hug +fav Heart :happybounce: thxo
Hannah-Rebecca Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Sorry, but i could't resist. Your concept wouldn't get out of my head, so i made this:… 
I hope you like it. 
If not i will delete it immediately :)

Your art is stunning and simply breathtaking.
Karin-Art Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I've used your idea :heart: I hope you'll like it :happybounce: [link] :hug:
Have a nice day! :)
iatesantaforlunch Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ember-snow Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Contrary to what a previous deviant said, I think the blue looks beautiful against the blond hair. And the mask is gorgeous--doesn't look cheap at all. This is a beautiful photo. :)
HeartOfDeath Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Professional Filmographer
this is fantastic
uqbar1 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
IMHO, the various elements that go into the composition and presentation of this image do not seem to have much coherence. The pale blue color combined with the blond hair is very discordant, but not in an interesting way.. The mask looks cheap, and the model is posing as though she is though she's just waiting until the shutter is released so she can take off the costuming. Now others might think this is a wonderful image. If it makes you feel good to read positive responses go right ahead.
DarkReigns Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Masks always give this mysterious feel to the person who's wearing one. But this is different - it feels like this woman is not wearing a mask but actually is showing herself from the inside.
Mitia-Arcturus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
So Beautiful...:heart:...!!!
Villenueve Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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