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Dancing to the Bitter End

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1200x801px 1019.37 KB
Shutter Speed
8/1 second
Focal Length
14 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Jul 22, 2013, 2:13:44 PM
Sensor Size
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3razr84's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The trademark desolation returns in Abandonedzone's latest stark and thought provoking piece.

The good use of warm, if only ever so slightly overexposed lighting, helping to highlight the central belt of the brown and peach pallete, seperating nicely the blues and purples of the domed roof, which casts its own cold hue onto the floor below.

The sense of abandonment is clear and very evocative, with the warm tones imparting the sense that this was perhaps once a place of happiness, laughter and love, though the colder blues and troubled purples tinging this with the visable aftermath of this age. This is all presented within this shot and offers the viewer an oppertunity to draw their own, unique, conclusions as to the nature of its sad and eventual demise.

There is a great use of texture within the shot, bring to the fore the real sense of decay, and the feeling that you can almost touch the history lost within this room.

Also the sense of exploration, gazing at the doors that are ever so slightly ajar, tempting investigation into discovering what lies beyond each of them.

If I may critique a little, though not too negitively i hope, I feel slightly, that it lacks perhaps, a focal object, a chair or some other object, as although the walls and ceiling both have their defining features, the floor is slightly empty. Perhaps something on the right hand side between the 2nd and 3rd window to balance the shot, as the doors are weighted towards the left.

But this is a very evocative piece, capturing the imagination of the viewer and posing a unique question to each and every one, allowing for a very personal voyage indeed
AbandonedZone's avatar
Thank you very much for the critique! :hug:
3razr84's avatar
Thank you so much for the oppertunity :hug:
midnightgravedigger's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Once again the artist "AbandonedZone" has succeeded in taking us to one of the world's lost, secret, almost forgotten places. His most recent work entitled "Dancing to the Bitter End" appears to show one of those places. Looking at his photo I keep asking myself, what was this place, where is it, and what event was it that reduced it to it's current state? Is it truly dead, awaiting it's final destruction? Or is it only dormant, a sleep for the moment, and only awaiting the renovation that will once again return it to it's lost past glory. I like this photo, it works for me, and I can't help looking at it without pausing for a moment to wonder.
AbandonedZone's avatar
Thank you so much for the amazing critique ! Greetings from Poland !
midnightgravedigger's avatar
Your welcome, I really enjoyed writing it. But your beautiful picture made that easy. Keep up the good work. 
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JohnK222's avatar
What a great ceiling.
Eluminora's avatar
this place deserves a story...inspiring. 

AbandonedZone's avatar
I would like to add few words from myself as well. Our work might look similar and reason behind it is fact that Matthias's work is very inspirational also to me. Above picture is a example of typical coincidence - we were visiting the same place. To any photographer place like that has obvious elements interesting to the eye and center perspective (like in case of couple other photographers who took the same frame) is one of not that many to choose from. Besides, I have a big respect for Matthias and I would never steal from him or any other artist, photographer. If you would take some time and think, take a look at my gallery filled with all sorts of photographs of abandoned and decayed places, they all share familiar style, they represent my passion of several years, so claiming that I've stolen a picture is just plain silly.
Matthias-Haker's avatar
Okay guys, let me clarify something. It's no art theft involved here, AbandonedZone is a friend and fellow photographer who has been at the same place and took a photo of the same room.
So those are just two different takes on the very same subject. And even though we've been visiting other places together, those pictures here were not taken at the same time.
AbandonedZone's avatar
Matthias my friend, thank you very much for your explanation. Now please for apology everyone who called me a thief.
midnightgravedigger's avatar
If you check the earlier comments, you'll see that I've been defending you from the start. I even got one of the accusers too apologize. I suspected that you and "Matthias-Haker" knew each other and might even be friends, but I knew after checking both pictures closely that these were two different pictures of the same subject.
By the way, you both do really nice work. 
TopazDawnrose's avatar
I'm glad that was cleared up. you both do awesome work.
AbandonedZone's avatar
Thank you so much ! Thank you also for taking the opinion in the discussion! :hug:
TopazDawnrose's avatar
not a problem, I dont normally make messages or reply to peoples work but I won't stand for someone being bullied especially unfairly.
AbandonedZone's avatar
midnightgravedigger thank you :) I appreciate it
IDruDat's avatar
What a lovely place this must have once been.
IDruDat's avatar
Too bad its stolen Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage Rage 
TopazDawnrose's avatar
not stolen, read the messages.
TopazDawnrose's avatar
okay to those crying Fraud due to…
note the camera details and the pictures are of the same place but NOT the same exact image, ones angle is different and the colors are different.
first image camera details
Shutter Speed8/1
Focal Length14 mmISO
 TakenJuly 22
SoftwareAdobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Sensor Size7mm

second image camera details
Camera Data MakeSONYModelSLT-A99V
Shutter Speed4/1
TakenJuly 10S
oftwareAdobe Photoshop CC (Windows)
Sensor Size34mm

dates taken are completely separate, while it is a amusing coincidence that two seperate urban explorers could finds the exact same room and get the near identical angles (off only a few inches it seems) it is not really surprising. they are not taken on the same day, not done in the same program, taken with the same camera and the older one is much more vibrant and light hearted while this one is darker and brings to mind the sadness of a place left behind. Both are wonderful shots and unique in their own senses while alike in location.
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