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[EDIT] Since people have mentioned it ;3 I didn't make the cranes the traditional way, they're made so they flap their wings when you grip the lower front portion and pull the tail, it's just how I prefer to do it. I'm aware that means they don't look 100% like the traditional ones, think of it as another aspect of making the whole thing personal...

In regards to the shot and my school application, it along with four other images on the theme of identity and a write up about them got me an interview though in the end I didn't end up getting a place at LCA, instead as part of my portfolio it helped get me a place on another course I much preferred and will be will be starting in September X3

Thanks so much for all the faves and comments, they're greatly appreciated~

Possibly one of the photos I'm going to be submitting for my application to Leeds College of Art and Design, they requested four photographs on the theme of 'Identity'.
I'm not sure if I've gone a little too abstract with the theme or not, I'll be explaining my thought process behind this shot when I write about it anyway but I wanted to do a more conceptual self portrait of sorts.

We all have many things that make up our identities, different aspects of ourselves and our lives that make us who we are. Each crane is covered on a short passage about myself, one for my beliefs, my history and the people in my life, my interests, my personality, my ambitions and one left blank for the things yet to shape me.

I chose cranes because while it's never been a conscious decision I always have a paper crane on my desk and I wanted to use a series of things that where otherwise identical because identity in a psychological sense stems from the idea of sameness and continuance.

Please feel free to critique this if you have chance, I would really appreciate any and all input. ^^
All photography Lucy Newman.
My art is NOT stock. Do not redistribute, repost or claim as your own.
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Given 2010-08-03
Self Portrait by =Dieux-Faux is a very creative way of exploring self-identity. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it is also cleverly thought through and charged with meaning. ( Suggested by TimberClipse and Featured by Shalora )
Critique by jaded-august Jan 30, 2010, 12:06:37 PM
I think that in concept this piece on identity is strong. It's definitely a different and original way through photography to portray who you are and who you've yet to become. It definitely derails from just a standard "here's where I love" or "here is my family" this is who I am type thing. it shows pieces and complexity and yet, in a way I think that the sameness of the birds derails entirely from what you wanted to achieve.

Identity is a need to be different, pieces that make up a unique person. We're not all made of the same, identical, well fitting pieces. We're unique combination of people, environment and events. It's those combination that make us strong and unique as people, and I think to the opposite degree its the sameness that takes away some of the impact of what this piece could be.

I think another thing that impacts the quality of this deviation is the background and the use of bokeh. I'm usually amoung the biggest admirers of your photos and I love your use of colours and bokeh and to bring the attention to the foreground and subject of your photo. In this particular piece I find it almost does the opposite though. The colours distract from the black and white birds, and the background in its own way almost over powers them, my eye is drawn to it instead of the focus of the imagine which should be the cranes. The fact most of the birds are blurred out seems to go against your reason for the piece as well. Instead of showing the different pieces that have made you who you are, its as is only a couple things are being focused on and matter; and getting to know you as I have since last year I know you're a much more complex person that that.
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while I generally agree with jaded-august on her critique when it comes to details, I personally believe that your originally very good concept could have been better developed. This does not mean that your technique isn't good, quite on the contrary! But I lack a certain consistency between input and form. I will come back to this.

First, a few words on your technique. You have good control over the composition, the crop emphasizes all the parallel vertical lines and there is a nice calming feeling in the way how all elements are roughly equal in size and evenly distributed. This creates a good visual background for one focal point, which is the bottom one of the cranes (because of the selective sharpness). Personally I would choose the one higher and to the left (closer to the natural "hot spot" according to the rule of thirds), at this moment it is not exactly clear which one of the two is more in focus, I find it a bit confusing. Nevertheless, your selective, deliberate use of shallow depth of focus adds to the composition. On the downside, jaded-august is right: the blob of light in the top 1/3 of the background takes too much attention, keep in mind that the viewer's eye will always automatically go to the brightest area of the image. I don't think it was intended, unless you wanted to suggest something? I can easily imagine this bright light to be some sort of flame, this would correspond nicely with the paper (flammable) cranes, but if it was so then it is visually not strong enough. To summarise: your technique is overall very good, and there is nothing that some selective dodge/burn couldn't help.

Now for the content. As far as I understand, you are planning to show this picture at your intake exam for some sort of art academy. I do not claim to be an artist, but I do see there is a lot of content here, which is good and will certainly be praised. This is a very conceptual kind of photography, the kind I personally enjoy a lot. This said, I must add that in my opinion you are trying to say too much and in a too straightforward way. Instead of visually suggesting certain aspects of your identity, you literally write them down and photograph text. Furthermore, since the text in the picture is illegible due to selective sharpness, your interpretation is 100% dependant on the written description. Without a word from you, there is no way for the viewer to know what you want to say. This does not disqualify your concept, but is deadly for a photograph. What people say is, photographs are like jokes - if you have to explain what they are about, they are not good anymore.

Now, as I said, this does not disqualify your concept, I still believe it's very good. If I were you though, I would choose between either photographing it in a much more abstract way or (maybe?) delivering the whole installation INSTEAD of the picture. Maybe let the viewer (or the examination commission) unfold each crane and read a short passage about you themselves?

To sum it all up, just one word of advice: please remember that your image is already a part of your identity - your technique, the way you use colours and texture, the choice of subject and medium - there is already a tremendous load of information that you put in your work subconsciously. It's already there, and it's good. What you should watch out for is that you do not overdo it, do not impose the interpretation on your viewer. The more gates you leave open, the more you make them engage in your photography. You have the technique and the ideas, now it's time to let go, think less and feel more.

cheers, Tom
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Yurigirl4eva Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing xxx
daydreambeliever88 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2018
Beautiful photo! <3 I was looking for images to reference in my context of practice essay when I came across this, not going to use it but noticed you mentioned LCA! :D Did you end up getting in to Leeds Arts just under a different course? (I just thought it was cool because I started studying there in September for Animation - it's changed its name to Leeds Arts University now)

(I am superbly inactive on this site so I'm sorry if I just did dA version of liking an old instagram pic lol)
Contes-enchantes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You have been featured in the Guide for Life! >> [link]
VampireNyan Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

You may NEVER ever delete this!!! I would die if so!!!

I love it!!!!
akodieon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Cute! x3
oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner May 9, 2012   Artist
omg..simply amazing
Oooff Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
These are beautiful! Way better than the tradional ones :D
wesleyel Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2011  Student Artist
love it !!!
eringraboski Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
beautiful <3
LostInAPhotograph Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
This is a wonderful concept! I love the photo, too! The cranes are really adorable. Was there a tutorial for the type of cranes you make, or did you figure it out yourself? I would really like to make cranes that can flap their wings. ^_^
HicksGirl Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student Photographer
So pretty!
mibralegare Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
may I use this sooo great pic for one of mine?
Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional Photographer
I'm not sure what you mean. Do you mean as in use the idea for your own photo?
mibralegare Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I meant That [link]
Now it's in my Scrapbook, so if you want I can just delete it^^
Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
To be honest I'd kind of prefer if you did. My photos aren't stock so I'm not really too keen on them being manipulated or changed.
mibralegare Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ok (= perfect! i'm going to delete it Right Now! Thanks for your time (:
plastickheart Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
i love this so much, it has so much meaning <3
GingerKellyStudio Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Your beautiful work is featured in my journal [link]
moth-owl Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010
Your lovely photo is featured here: [link]
Sato-photography Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi This a stunning piece. I was inspired by it to create something in a similar vain [link] Hope you don't mind! Gorgeous work!

Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
I don't mind at all ^^ I really love your take on it!
Sato-photography Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I'm glad you like it :huggle:
Sato-photography Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi This a stunning piece. I was inspired by it to create something in a similar vain [link] Hope you don't mind! Gorgeous work!

GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work!
Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much ^^
skykeys Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
this is really pretty <333
synconi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010   Artisan Crafter
An image so full of wistful thoughtfulness and delicate elegance; beautiful beautiful. :heart:
Starlizz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student Photographer
This beautiful piece of art is featured here: [link]
mErEdItH-CXVI Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
lovely! :)
Danutza88 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello!:aww: You've been featured here: [link] :hug:
HeatherWaller-Rivet Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
Featured in my journal:hug:[link]
ototoi Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
wonderful work!!!!!
AlyonaMaksimova Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Beautifully done! :clap:
valyeszter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010
featured:[link] :hug:
oddiz27 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
I usually avoid commenting on other people's "self-portraits" as, well... even if you're putting yourself on display, it's really-really personal. but here, with this, i cannot resist. i look at this as this as a top-shelf snapshot/mirror/insight into you as an artist and how you think about (you=your work). it's good to see you challenge yourself and to see that you are seeing yourself in inspiring new ways (or as you just did for me, i hope you do for yourself).
In addition to all of that, the work itself stands on it's own, as more than a self-portrait.
(as an aside, this is something i also find compelling in your dollwork)
This is truly an excellent work.
Cumulonymbus Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Great idea ! ^
Dagger-13 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm afraid I can't offer you an in-depth critique as you have already received on this, but I can offer my opinion ^^

I think this is amazing. The thought behind this is fascinating, and it was actually the title that drew me towards this. I love the concept. :)

Visually, this is a lovely photo - the background texture and colours are beautiful, and the depth of field and composition of the cranes are perfect.

It's good to hear that you got into a course you're excited about. I hope it all goes well for you :)
Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much, even if you didn't go massively in depth that's very kind of you~
BeatriceCoffee Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
beautiful :)
aupre Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010   Digital Artist
like the scene from apocalypse now
MeowShot Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
keyminor Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
lovely concept. i think its a wonderful picture :) :)
opal-devil Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
Very nice background on this. Very atmospheric!
Emberpelt Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: Wow.
This is absolutely stunning. Beautiful shot!!!
ZeroVeN Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Student General Artist
It's really awesome.. :)
JamieWhitesNotebook Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This has just got something about it. As a writer I appreciate the -written on- notepaper and as a Creative I appreciate the composition of this image. I go to art galleries and take part in art appreciation often, but I'm the type that's there debating about what art really is and saying what I mean about pieces. Sure, if I like something, I can make up ridiculous fancy compliments and pseudo-mystical comments but do they really portray my feelings any better? Or just that I think I'm intelligent enough to steal a great piece of artworks thunder?

So I try not to be that type and whilst this one does unnaturally conjure up all kinds of thoughts, as to the subtle but stark colour tones and the depth, I will merely say that it really pleases my eyes and satisfies my instinct. I could stare at it for ages.

BroadwayBound123 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010
I don't think its too abstract, its wonderful :D very pretty :hug:
Sunshine-Valley Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.
The idea behind the photo really made me stop and think for a second. Beautiful idea and beautiful photo. I can't stop looking at it! I've fallen in love with it ^^
Congrats on the DD, VERY well deserved!
Geekisthecolour Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much, I'm glad the idea seems to be coming across so well ^^
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January 30, 2010
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Canon EOS 450D
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Date Taken
Jan 30, 2010, 1:43:42 PM