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Motherland Chronicles #17 - Calypso by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #17 - Calypso by zemotion
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Inspired by :iconjeffsimpsonkh:'s work! He even gave some advice lol.

Photography/Art: Zhang Jingna
Hair & Makeup: Anna Nenoiu @ Page One Management
Model: Kenley @ Elmer Olsen Model Management
Photo Assistant: Ben Wong
Choker and body chain from *harlequinromantique

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Zhang Jingna
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I wanted to write a Critique, but didn't know where to start, since it’s my first, so I’ll start by saying that I love the picture and that I think it’s very much a puzzling and intriguing piece to interpret.

The dreamlike quality of her stare is accentuated nicely by the white above her eyes and it's like she stares right through the beholder.

The orange disc behind her reminds me for some reason both of the Japanese flag and of poppies (The ladder probably because of the smoke and flowing hair giving the disc a crumbly crisp texture, like a poppy leaf). It’s only while writing this, that I realize it’s also a halo, which opens up for a whole range of religious interpretations. The only slight issue I have (and the reason for only 4 stars in technique) is that the halo isn’t cut clean to the hair, but that’s probably a technical thing. The colour against the background is matched perfectly anyway.

I've been debating with myself whether it's actually necessary to show her breasts to get the range of emotions of the piece right, and I think that cropping the picture would probably destroy its balance. Also the fact that she seems so strong and confident in her nude makes this an overall stronger picture, because it somehow multiplies her attitude. It is also a way of drawing the eyes down, to what I find to be the most fascinating part of the puzzle, the empty oval in her chest. It screams to me from the picture, like there’s a hole in her soul or something. If we go with religion for a moment, she could be Mary Magdalene and the empty locket is where Christ should have been. If instead I go with the title, and the “goddess of the sea” theme, she becomes confined by the boundaries of the frame, and I wished that there were more space around her. I want room on each side of her, and I want to see her hair flowing free in the wind from the ocean, as she stands with her back to the setting sun.

Overall I love the expression, the styling, the colour scheme and the many ways it can be interpreted. In fact I’m not sure if this is a Critique at all, or just my way of saying thank you for sharing it!
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Let me just start of by saying that i absolutely love the whole series. The compositions are so traditional yet the themes take the photographs to a whole another level.
This photograph is absolutely stunning. Everything in this this picture pulls it together so well. The flying hair gives the feeling of her being frozen in time but it contradicts with her eyes full of life and attention. I love that you decided to go with the nude breast because I really think it just adds to the impact of this photo.
What i truly love about this series is that i can see your style in these photographs. Today I saw a different piece from the series ,somewhere in the popular page, and I immediately linked it to your work. From the lighting and colors to the make-up and jewelry, everything is polished to perfection.
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SerafinAdele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your photography, especially the ethereal, slightly otherworldly feeling of your Motherland series! Your use of light is amazing, and you have a very personal style. Keep up the great work!
janosch1956 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LoriGarnerArt Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013

SO beautiful!


TheHiddenDandy Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I like the way the portrait looks flat, like a poster :)
Christoph-Wilke Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Incredible and iconic. Very well done!
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
i think ego helps produce lovely works, awesome!
Rojpix Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
iconic in a way
n-l-e Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
skeegoedhart Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
wow really gorgeous piece
DharmaWPB Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Professional Artist
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