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Girlfriend - Passion

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February 28th, 2009
Model: Caracal (*theadacat)
MUA: Caracal (*theadacat)
Photographer: Me (=ian-x)

Production Note: Less photoshop than you think. Everything cool was achieved in camera. Only blanket saturation/exposure changes, no spot edits-- and the diffusion is real.

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NOTE: The model received a Daily Deviation for her upload of this image. Thanks to ^RockstarVanity for taking my suggestion.
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SoraMidori's avatar
:star::star::star-half::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

So what you said about critiques helping you figure out what works and what doesn't gave me an idea, so I went back to your gallery and tried to find an image I really didn't like. It was harder than I thought. However, I kept coming back to this one. Now I realize this image has recieved a DD and is pretty popular, but I'll just put in my 2 cents here.

I'm sure you knew you were playing with a very cliched concept, but I'm impressed nevertheless because you still put your own twist on it. That being said, lets start with the title.

The first time I saw it I thought, "the title doesn't match the image." And no matter how I look at it now, I stall can't match the two up in any non-demented way. This is because, 1. the expression on her face doesn't speak of passion, it screams of agony, 2. plastic and blood in any combination just don't equate to passion in my mind, 3. even if this were hardcore sex behind the curtain I don't think it would involve this much blood if it were passionate. I'll refrain from making a serial killer joke here.

Anyway, as hard as I try my mind just can't conjure up a scenario where blood and a plastic sheet and a screaming girl would make for a passionate night out. Actually, the model's face always reminds me of a ghost. So maybe she died a passionate death at the hands of her jealousy-fueled lover.

But I must say that the lighting was (once again) genius and I do like the hand in silhouette. So even though the shot is fresher and more interesting than most in this category I still find it exaggerated and very cliche.

Vision: <img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /> because even though it's cliche I think it was very well thought out and executed.

Originality: <img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /> self-explanatory.

Technique: <img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /><img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /> because you still managed to make it your own and put a twist on it.

Impact: <img src="e.deviantart.com/emoticons/s/s…" width="17" height="16" alt=":star:" title="Star!" /> because there's already so many out there like this that while it may inspire some it won't make an impact on the "genre."
IanStruckhoff's avatar
Thank you so much for this feedback. Understanding what doesn't work is probably more important than understanding what does.

Just a word on the titles of this series-- They are all like that, definitely intentionally ironic/facetious. They play with the idea of violence being more terrible if it is somehow intimate and personal.

In this case, though, I think it works. Not all passion is good, and not all passion is sexual. For an example, consider the history of "The Passion" in Christian theology.
SoraMidori's avatar
Yes, I agree. I thought it was on purpose. I know my "critique" was a little over-kill, but it was written with good intentions. :)
IanStruckhoff's avatar
No worries at all, it helps to know what things people don't particularly like, titles included.
lightninGGG's avatar
this is awesome .GREAT
IHateYellow's avatar
Simple, balanced, and says everything in one frame. Love it!
dragonflame15's avatar
freaky but....i love it!!! :)
San627pep's avatar
Love this one. o-o
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pullingcandy's avatar
Just a quick message to inform you that your piece has been featured in the A, B, C's of Horror under the letter "Y". Y is for Yell, after all.
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Psyartista9's avatar
:iconcrazy-plz: "no - don't go . . . me loves you!"
robby-designs's avatar
phenomenal - love it!
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