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The Final Kiss by dogmadic The Final Kiss by dogmadic
This image may look familiar to some of you. Sorry if I appear to be "beating a dead horse" as they say but this is my new and improved PS4'd frame from my shoot at the Poble Nou cemetery in Barcelona Spain. I had worked on this in response to a note I received here on dA a few months ago. The note was titled "THE INVITATION TO THE DEATH-PROJECT" from a deviant named Exilentia Exiff ~exi-exi. She is an author, photographer, and the cooperating editor for 'nEgo' : *nEgoist - a Polish publishing house, that specializes in art. She and her friend from Mexico, Hector Pineda =ELYPhAS were collaborating on a book of images which show the variety of the death-motive:

"You are invited to take part in this project. The album should be published in the spring 2009 in English version, in a quite limited /about 300 issues/ edition and a high quality of the book is expected. As a gratitude for your attendance in the project, you will get one issue of the album.
If you are interested in that cooperation, please let me know
" read the note.

Needless to say of course I was interested! I was thrilled to death lol. She had originally selected my black and white photo from the cemetery in Barcelona Spain called "El Beso de la Muerte" [link] (older color version: Kiss of Death [link] ). I offered to submit a newer color version photo of the same sculpture and edited this new version for her consideration. She liked this one better than my previous versions and I started waiting for the contract documents to arrive in the mail from Poland. A short time later however I received another note claiming that the book's lawyer felt that there could be some copyright violation issues with those images, being that I wasn't the sculptor and didn't have legal permission under the EU's stricter draconian art copyright laws which were recently enacted. Well I was shattered by that news, until I'd read further along that she'd found another image of mine, a photo of a painting that I'd done, which she liked and was willing to use in the book instead. I will submit a photo of that painting shortly.

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Trueukegirl Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this. I love how it looks like the skeleton is holding him tight!
lucasguesser Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2011
one of the best representations of death I have seen...
silentfuneral Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Digital Artist
:wow: this is the most awesome statue I have ever EVER seen in my life!! :wow: I would love to use this in a photominip :worship: I would give you full credit for the statue...butif you say no I would totally understand..this is AWESOME! :clap:
waterproofvelvet Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010
Featured in the latest #gravewalkers club's blog entry.
Girlinsneakerss Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
MustardWSB Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010
Love it!!!
mikabots Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Makes me want to travel. :) Great photo! I love how the boney fingers sort of sink into the flesh, and the unnatural angle of the head definitely says death loud and clear.
Rrimuna Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
wow, this is awesome.
Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner May 2, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I told you that I a feaRED FROM SUCH SCUPLTURES...Bt şt is really wonderfull to see as a photograph taken by you :D
Dragonkitty13 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
That is an absolutely marvelous statue. I'm so glad that you were able to save the pic because it is quite wonderful.

I will go fave this now. :D
menca Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
bwah.. no, but seriously. those copyright whackos starting to finally lose the last remaining links with reality (if they had any in the first place).

so, let's pause for a second and think of it on a more abstracted level: 1) lawyers 2) this ^^^ entity above

something tells me i already know the inevitable outcome of that potential beef :P

p.s. a really nice edit indeed. the red hue of the flowers just nails it perfectly.

selfregion Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
mzscarecrow1313 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
This is beautiful. I don't think I have ever seen a cemetery scene like this are there more like this in Spain or is it just this one?
FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
best of the three; the richness of the flowers on the left contrast so well with the pains of death
retro2k Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
One word: great! This is one of the best statues what visualize death. :)
dogmadic Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thanks very much Frank. Yes I was amazed to run into it because I'd never seen pictures or even been aware of it before. And I was lucky that the security guard who snuck up behind me was unaware that I'd just changed memory cards on my camera. Photography is prohibited in this cemetery and he had made me delete the images that I had snapped after I pocketed the full card. :)
retro2k Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, then you had a lucky day that moment! I'm glad you changed the card, so that we can enjoy that beautiful statue. :)
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Dec 8, 2006, 9:52:22 AM


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