Many many thanks to ArmStreet for the beautiful crown and choker, and Savage Universal Corporation for the gorgeous backdrop (collapsibles are so handy)!
And lol with all the Game of Thrones comments I should probably just title this Arya.
For the Motherland Chronicles project (Follow us on Facebook and Tumblr!)
Photography: Zhang Jingna
Model: Julia Gorbach
Crown and choker by Armstreet
Backdrop from Savage Paper
© Zhang Jingna
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GORGEOUS - AMAZING TALENT - YOU ARE DESTINED FOR GREATNESS! I LOVE ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BEAUTIFUL PICTURE, IT NEEDS TO BE FRAMED AND HANGING ON MY WALL. JULIA SHOULD BE HANGING IN A MUSEUM, FOR THE WORLD TO ENJOY! GREAT TECHNIQUE, FROM THE COLORING, LIGHTS, SHADING, SHADOWS, CLOTHING, JEWELRY AND WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MODEL JULIA GORBACH IS. THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE PHOTO IN THE ENTIRE WORLD! THIS GOES WAY BEYOND JUST A PHOTO, THIS IS TOP NOTCH IN THE REALM OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART. A NEW WORD NEEDS TO BE COINED TO DESCRIBE HOW WONDERFUL THIS WORK IS!
GINGER - SOUTH CAROLINA - USA
I was stunned as soon as I saw this and couldn't help but click. Her expression and the simplicity of the dark colors are what really drew me in. In my opinion, I think her eyes hold the perfect emotion, but I would like to see her with harder eyes, or maybe more fierceness in them (I'm getting a warrior/battle queen/princess feel from her). Again, I love the bronze and gold and how it plays well with the black- it's simple but it brings the colors well. Very well done, can't wait to see more of your motherland series soon!
I don't usually write up critiques, but I guess since I'm procrastinating from my own image-making...
It is photography from Zemotion; how do you critique someone who is already held in such high regard? I suppose I shall approach the critique from a more analytic approach so that others can better appreciate the nuances in the photograph.
At first glance it is easy to think that composition is a simple head portrait, but that is not the case. Being the pro that she is, Zemotion has already established a good division in lights, midtones, and darks within the image, using the costuming and accessories, as well as her final cropping of the image. The other particular instance of art directive decision-making in the image that really made me "geek out" artistically was the choice in contrasting the black clothing with the gold accessories, and yet none of the accessories are so intense in value that they compete with the emphasis of this photograph, which is the face of the model. It is also worth noting that in addition to the primary value groupings from top to bottom, there is also a secondary set of value groupings as a result of the very soft short loop lighting and the directional breeze
What I feel really brings the whole image together was the choice in color grading. The slightly gray/green color grading across the whole image helps to both liven the dark clothing and hair, while at the same time subdue the highly reflective jewelry. The model herself, at the center of all of this with her almost-smile, leaves a very stoic impression upon me, especially combined with the color grading. Yet there are hints of warmth in her face that bring a refreshing temperature contrast in the midst of all the gray coolness.
TL;DR: good composition, value contrast, choice in color grading, color temperature contrast. good support from the model, accessory maker, and backdrop maker.
Well, now I'm done typing this up, I guess I should probably go back to working on my own art.
PS. I just noticed that the jewelry and accessories match the models eyes. I'm not sure if it was intended, (of course you should always answer that it was intentional if anyone actually asks), but this color matching works really well.
This photograph is absolutely GORGEOUS. The green tones throughout the image create almost a painterly look. Everything looks like it was chosen perfectly; the jewelry, outfit, makeup, and hair all give it a kind of medieval (Game of Thrones?!) feeling. I wish the shot was taken just an inch more to the right, or was panned out a little bit more, because I feel like the hair leads your eye out of the image. It's great the way that her face is centered and the hair throws off the balance, but I think that type of composition would still be amazing if we saw a little bit more of her hair on that side. All in all though, Zhang, you can do no wrong. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/w/w…" width="15" height="15" alt="" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="387" title=" (Wink)"/> You're absolutely incredible and I admire your work so much. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/g/g…" width="47" height="20" alt="" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="490" title="Glomp!"/>
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