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Motherland Chronicles #41 - From the Ashes by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #41 - From the Ashes by zemotion
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I've been itching to play with fire again after the recent shoot in New York. So during my last trip to LA my team and I drove out to Salton Sea and set some water on fire. It was so fun and thank you everyone for the hard work!

Also not sure what to title it so suggestions are totally welcome. Thank you ^^

Photography: Zhang Jingna
Hair: Kelsey Petersen
Makeup: Satya Linak
Model: Jessica Dru Johnson
Pyrotechnician: Sky Rockit
Production Assistant: Sophia Chang
Photo Assistants: Tobias Kwan, Xun Chi
Dress: Michelle Hebert

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Motherland Chronicles:
Motherland Chronicles #39 - Underwater by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #38 - A Prayer by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #37 - Masked by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #35 - Kalli by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #34 - In the Secret Garden by zemotionMotherland Chronicles #32 - Ea. by zemotion

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I think this photograph is very striking and immediately grabs the viewer's attention. Your use of fire in the background silhouettes the female figure in the foreground, especially since the smoke from the fire highlights the top half of her figure. The halo around the model's head created by the reflected fire light is quite beautiful. The contrast of dark and light works very well for the composition. I also think that your use of fire helps give this piece a story, especially coupled with the model's black, feathery dress and hourglass shape which reminds me of a fairytale evil queen or sorceress. I think that you made a good decision to have the model facing away from the camera because the photograph is already so visually complex that a shot of her face would probably have detracted from the piece as a whole. You have to infer her emotions from body language and setting instead of facial expression and that mystery is an asset to this piece.

The use of both water and fire gives this photograph complexity, and the reflection of the fire in the water's surface creates a bit of symmetry that balances the photograph as well. I personally love how you have mixed high fashion (such a gorgeous dress!) with the rawness of nature. I like how the hem of her dress looks like it has sand stuck in the feathers, which I think just adds to the whole story you have set up with this photograph. Beautiful!
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jilin Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2016
 just perfect. Like easy work, sorry for my poor english...
rhunel Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2016   General Artist
MyNonsenseSpot Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the elegant dystopia feel of the photo.
ccandlelight Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Student General Artist
This is one of my favorite photos. terrific lighting and contrast! well done 
Reflections-Edge Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
 beautiful image. :)
Kanji-The-Wanderer Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing work, wonderfully done!
iceman-05 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
it's an overwhelming feeling when I stare to this picture, the fire on the back makes it powerful and dangerous at the same time. Excellent work though, regards from Chile :thumbsup: :wave:
Mairelyn Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
what a Spectacular photo!
nalabulle Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
So beautiful composition, dress, atmospher ;)
johnduan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
that is a striking photo wonderful work
princewilliam99326 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
crooked-clockwork Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014   General Artist
SerafinAdele Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is strikingly beautiful.
bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student General Artist
This is stunning.
perigryn Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just could not help but be stunned by this shot - it just drew me in with the power in the emotion of it. Just wonderful. I only wish I could see it larger, in higher res. Fantastic shot, and such emotion without anyone's face being in the shot, is just amazing.
Kotyka Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Great work!
djinn98 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Wow! The power in this image is wonderful. The sayings are true, "When momma's not happy, ain't nobody happy." LOL

But seriously, I love how the fire light reflects off the water as she stands observing, almost overseeing what is happening, silhouetted by the flames. I love it!
Hawkmoth Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
Wow some photo and full of meaning and menace
spirosk-photography Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!
emmanuellandmann Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're photos are really beautiful!!!! it could be a source of inspiration for my next painting :)
remanth Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi, I just wanted to say that your artwork is stunning and beautiful. I'm using it as inspiration for a writing event in the group Literary Publications. If you're curious about the Winter Writing Event, you can check it out here: . Thanks very much for sharing your work. :)
ScoutingForGeeks Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Damn Jingna, that is one incredible photo, it caught my eye immediately, even just from the thumbnail I could tell it was something special
zemotion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
Sliktor Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Incredible shot!
Kaza-kaizen Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
awesome shot
andreasD700 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Stunning shot!!! Wonderfully presented!!!
godsent3975 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
would have been cooler with a flaming sword or even a battle axe
Shadilyn Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Super dramatic :D 
spystyle Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
dyingwithgrace Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
this is my favorite photo of the series so far.  absolutely fell in love with it!
Arcedemius Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, that's amazing.
what is she wearing, btw? is that a dress with sheer bits and solid bits, or did you stick bits and pieces straight onto her? it looks like feathers down on the hem there, but i can't tell with the stuff closer to the top...>~<
zemotion Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Professional Photographer
It's a full dress :)
Arcedemius Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooooh, cool! XD thanks for the reply.
so it must be sheer, with some solid parts to it. i love dresses like that. ^^
awesome photo!
(i don't know what motherland chronicles is, so i can't offer an appropriate title, but 'burning vengeance' and similar is what came to my mind...)
silber-englein Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   Photographer
Absolutely stunning! I wouldn't expect any less from you! :)
n-l-e Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thing-um-a-jig Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Irene Adler !!
Aimiyuharmonia92 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Photographer
love it 
belial1980 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
xxmalxx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
I love the idea of the photo, the pose, the lighting of the model but I would say that the background fire itself is over exposed, though this might well be the effect you wanted.
StacyLeFevre Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Waaah this is so great! The dress really completes the picture for me, I love how the bottom of the dress looks like she's appearing out of the liquid but her back is exposed so she isn't lost completely in black. Really great composition too, clever to have her stand in front of the smoke else she would get lost in the darkness!

As for title... Hell Hath No Fury? :P Kidding, maybe... Liquid Hell or Eye of Hell.
zemotion Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Photographer
Haha thanks!! I didn't think any of our friends still used dA for checking updates so thanks for the surprise message! :P
StacyLeFevre Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
No problem Jingna! I try to keep my artsy comments here and not on Facebook. :P
soaringmoose Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Revenge on the Rocks"
lexieken Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
What's the title for this?
GMZio Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Looks like Katniss! Good job,
WhereTheSunSets Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
holy crap this is stunning
IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Alice2021 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Student Photographer
imposing, love it! like a salamander (mythology) :)
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