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Motherland Chronicles #41 - From the Ashes

By zemotion
For the Motherland Chronicles project :iconmotherlandchronicles: (Follow us on Facebook and Tumblr!)

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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MidnightZorya's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

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!

This is so good reminds me of Dark Phoenix.

jilin's avatar
 just perfect. Like easy work, sorry for my poor english...
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MyNonsenseSpot's avatar
I love the elegant dystopia feel of the photo.
ccandlelight's avatar
This is one of my favorite photos. terrific lighting and contrast! well done 
Reflections-Edge's avatar
 beautiful image. :)
Kanji-The-Wanderer's avatar
Amazing work, wonderfully done!
iceman-05's avatar
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's avatar
what a Spectacular photo!
nalabulle's avatar
So beautiful composition, dress, atmospher ;)
johnduan's avatar
that is a striking photo wonderful work
SerafinAdele's avatar
This is strikingly beautiful.
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perigryn's avatar
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.
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djinn98's avatar
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!
Wow some photo and full of meaning and menace
emmanuellandmann's avatar
you're photos are really beautiful!!!! it could be a source of inspiration for my next painting :)
remanth's avatar
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's avatar
Damn Jingna, that is one incredible photo, it caught my eye immediately, even just from the thumbnail I could tell it was something special
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