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Under a Dim Grey Sky

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I've 'remastered' this deviation to celebrate my 6th year on DA. :DALove:
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São Paulo, Brazil.

A city with 20 million people. Too many?

As I saw that shadow spreading across the city, I thought about ourselves, spreading, sometimes like a disease, across the globe.
I sometimes wonder if we are really evolving...

Thank you donnymurph for suggesting this piece for a Daily Deviation and hellfirediva for featuring it.
I appreciate your kindness and support.

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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

This is an amazingly powerful and thought-provoking cityscape photo.

São Paulo has always been known for its overpopulation and poverty, characterised by sprawling favelas. With around 20.4 million people within its urban area, life in this city must feel very tiny and insignificant.

The São Paulo you portray in this cityscape is dark, bleak and depressing. It is taken from a great distance (presumably from a plane), such that only the main highways are visible - because who cares about those insignificant residential streets where people actually live, right? You've chosen to display the image in black and white, which was an excellent choice, as the lack of colour robs the scape of any areas of individuality. In this, everyone is anonymous; just a component in the urban machine. I feel this even in Sydney, with "only" 4.6 million people - the thought of four Sydneys is nothing short of frightening to me.

The cropping in this image is excellent. By declining to show any sign of the metropolis thinning out into rurality (as they all eventually do), or meeting with the ocean and being forced to end, you have given the scape a feeling of endlessness. Also, the way you have used the clouds to frame to top of the image is clever; their blacks and greys interacting with the scape below, making it feel ever darker, ever more ominous. This particular effect is enhanced further still by the capture of the shadows they cast across the city. I'd also like to point out that I'm glad you didn't decide to include a border, which would close off the image and give off a sense of finiteness which would probably ruin the mood of the image.

Finally, your title and description really adds a professional touch to the image. Without your stirring words, one may see this as simply a bunch of buildings with a bit of cloud and a cool watermark. But your words ensure that no mistakes are made about what this image is intended to portray.

All in all, this is one of the most excellent photos I have ever seen. I do not give out high ratings lightly (as you will see if you view my other critiques), but there is nothing that I would do to improve this image.
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Thank you for taking your time to write this critique. But this is more than a common critique.

You clearly looked at this picture further beyond the photo. It was indeed my intention to provoke thoughts and yours expands my description text with exceptional depth. For that I'm very grateful.

I must say this was a shot I always wanted to make ever since I first saw São Paulo from above. The city seems infinite, from this altitude, and suffocating. When you add the known (and quite often unknown) reality of everyday life down there, my mind dwells on a nightmarish concept about human existence having no special meaning at all among ourselves. It haunts me.

Again, thanks for this and especially for suggesting this piece for a Daily Deviation, which was kindly accepted by ^hellfirediva. I appreciate it very much.

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Truly amazing view! How did you capture this one? I mean -by what?
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Thanks very much! :thanks:
I was on a plane. On the inside, that is. :lol: Is that what you're asking? :)
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Yeah ,tnx for the reply! :)
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Oh my gosh. This is outstanding!!
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Thank you Shelly, that's very sweet :thanks:
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Thanks very much! :thanks:
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Ooo, looks spooky.
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Good spooky or bad spooky? ;p
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Wow I feel like an apocalyptic giant !

Wonderful shot and remastering work Clap 
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That's cool :D
Thank you my dear friend. It was a bit tricky to remaster this one, as I didn't feel like I could go too far from the original; that one being a DD and all... :)
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The result is amazing !
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Thanks so much!! :thanks:
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This is absolutely amazing! Such a lovely photo with so much detail!
Congrats on 6 years also! <3
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Thank you very much, Samantha :aww:
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You are very welcome :hug: :D
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