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The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty.

When you're safe at home you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home. There is a magic in that little world, home; it is a mystic circle that surrounds comforts and virtues never known beyond its hallowed limits because A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

مفقود هل تتحول من الألم لمتعة،
إذا كنت أعرف كنت في عداد المفقودين لي جدا.


(c) 2011 Property of, Will Merzlak.
5010x3336 Version available only by request.


I know my kingdom awaits-
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Simply one of those perfect moments, this photo grabbed my attention straight away, its simplicity of focus, the beautiful colour pallet, the stunning lighting, and nigh controversial content.
firstly the composition: the movement of the figure is captured perfectly, the slight turn of the head revealing a young face; keeping the figure in the center and having a short-ish depth of field so that the background fades out is a very subtle effective was of drawing our attention to the focus of the shot, said figure.
the lighting and minimal colour pallet creates an incredible mood within the piece, i get a sense that it is late afternoon, in autumn, getting colder, and that the soldier might be tired or going back to where he came from.
a very poignant, effective, striking piece.
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There are so many perfections to love about this photo. If you go by photographic rule, I like how you broke through the basics of the thirds rule & perfectly & evenly centered the focus in the center. The framing is equal & on point & the fact that the object of focus has the head turned slightly to the side gives emotion & deeper meaning to this portrait. The shadowing & light of this portrait is stunning. Absolutely on point. So natural. I love that the colors remain true to the real image. Not many artists capture that. Even I in fact end up changing the natural color & it can take from an image at times.
The thoughts that this image invoke speak volumes, but louder than anything else in my mind yells the word, "Goodbye..." Not the dramatic, screamed kind of goodbye, but the silent, stabbing painful goodbye where hopelessness overwhelms & the only tears that fall are silent, unheard. They can be the most painful ones.
I've been in the position of watching a soldier or loved one in the military walk away when they're called to their duty. The distance that grows in between, the silence that leaves both people with a painful lump in their throat & a hard aching in their chest. This image invokes all of that emotion.
Very well done.
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KittyShellZzz Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019  Hobbyist General Artist
Those laces, though... for real... :ashamed:
mecengineer Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018
Trippy4U Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
Hey DJ...did not know you were in the service. Thank you :ahoy:
yousefcia Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The Arabic translation doesn't make sense, It's incorrect.
AwezomeSam Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
This photo is pure emotion. Amazing work.
AlanisWillow Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing. Just wow you did amazing!!!! My boyfriend is in the Army and has already gone on 2 tours. I really hope he won't be saying bye anytime soon. But really just perfect it captures everything you could ever think of.
MadameFenix Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Tell the world, you're coming home
Let the rain wash away all the pains of yesterday
You know your kingdom awaits
and you're forgiven for everything

Sorry that song's been stuck in my head for a long while LOL
Aside from that, beautiful shot~keep up the great work!
MandalShArK Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
THis Photo Certainly says it all!
random-anomaly Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
"The United States appear to be destined by Providence to plague America with misery in the name of liberty."

In other words, God has set America on the path to misery?

For a guy who dresses up in costumes and takes pictures of himself, you sure make a lot of self-important, unqualified statements.
kasu Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful photo! There's definitely a lot of emotion captured, and the landscape frames the soldier well. I really like it. :) +fav!
Xiomara05 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
this picture touches my heart. great job! i have a brother that is in the army and overseas in iraq right now. I feel like this image captures the emotions. good job on selecting the location and the editing is nicely done. :love:
frazzimals Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
This is an amazing photo. You are a very inspiring photographer :salute:
"And it won't be long til I get on back home..." Right?
whiteraven9 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
I really-really- enjoy all of your pictures towards the military, I think I've just about commented on them all. Thank you for your contributing to deviant art with your amazing pieces of work. While my marine is away they're nice to look at.
ReigningFire2010 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It makes me miss my Marine. Thank you for posting.
MRBee30 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
He will be home soon. Thank you my friend.
Xeonzs Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Looks fantastic, great work :wow:
PlaceInTheDirt Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Photographer
Your work amazes me all the time! I adore it!
The richness of the colours, and the sunshine, and the message that comes with it makes this such a heartfelt piece!

I thought I was watching you already, but turns out I wasn't (must have been following you through my group) but I'm definitely watching you now! :D
HeatherRivera Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
You have been featured here [link]

Nick50107 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011
Reminds me when i met my brother at the airport. Wasnt as happy as this since he was missing half of his arm but still glad to see him.
HeatherRivera Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
I have no words for how much I love this piece. It's beautiful. My measly words cannot ever begin to describe how lovely this truly is.
droxy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is a very emotional picture, especially for vets. Well done.
Elchanan Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your deviation is featured in my journal!:hug:
Juat-Neko99 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
This is a wonderful photo. My brother is a soldier and this reminds me of him :)
MRBee30 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
My vision was to let you create your own story for this photograph. Wether this man is returning home from a long deployment, Maybe he has been died from a roadside bomb and is returning to peace, His HomE. Or maybe is sti'll walking the streets of Baghdad and remembering his neighborhood.
ibrahim89 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
It's beautiful shot I like it but I didn't understand what you wrote in arabic in description it make no sense
Aguswu Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Nice work.
ZEROresolution Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Never the same.
coby111 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing photo, truly amazing.

And remember guys, pro soldier does not have to equal pro war. Give our soldiers the respect they deserve, even if you're against the war.
IGelAdiction Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Photographer
Like said before.. Perfect, stunning, incredible, and really good shot !!
I can say one more, you've nailed it Well !!
Serbanicapf Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alter bridge - Coming home :3
Syny Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Wow....I don't like the topic of US Army. But this is fantastic. Athmosphere, colors, light. I really like it, it's awesome.
Sykoblond Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I like the simplicity of this photo
rahag Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
I loved it very much :tighthug:
Ciarrai-Manning1852 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Beautiful shot. Brought tears to my eyes. My husband is in the military, so I know that feeling of being home and not knowing for sure if he'll be back again.
I'm going to assume from the fact that it says self portrait, and what your description says, that this is you. So, as much as I wish it wasn't this way, thank you for what you've done.
MouseDenton Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Those at peace fight for war. Those at war die for peace.
Yureh Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Looking at this picture brings me a sense of peace. A duty fulfilled from a journey you'd never thought you'd live through. Getting back to your friends and family knowing all that hardship has ended.
NewImmortality Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot, and amazing emotion behind it. I love it.
sasx Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
He's coming home with a weapon in his hand
Pengasius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
makavelius Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
my baby knows that her daddy's a soulja
nothin can take her from me
AlanonSilverblood Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
God bless you. This made me tear up. I don't have family in the military, but a lot of my friends do, and a lot fo people out here do, and God, every time I see the reports of the war effort I prey at least some of them got to go home to their families in safety. God bless you so much.
ReaperDudikoff Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
yanquis go home >>
toto777 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
80% of an artwork is the description
and you did a good one.
TsuKatsujin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Damn this pic almost made me cry! My bf's in the army and he tells me he's "coming home" all the time. But he'll only visit for a week before getting deployed to Afghanistan for a year =(
xChancex Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Very powerful. < 3 It's a simple photo, but it says so much. I just love it!
RebellionFighter Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Soldiers a nothing but a victims of politics. I'm amazed why so few realize it.
The picture itself shows what I'm sure every soldier prays for.
NovusMane Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
Power message.
Green-sleevz Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is stunning, very very moving :)
CasualtyOfWar Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.

I think you've outdone yourself with this picture my friend, I'm definitely liking this one a lot. Sometimes I wish I could join you when you do pictures like these, haha. Wishful thinking aside, you did a good job, keep them coming friend.
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February 2, 2011
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
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1/250 second
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300 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 2, 2011, 2:10:49 PM
GIMP 2.6.9
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