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Motherland Chronicles #43 - Dreaming by zemotion Motherland Chronicles #43 - Dreaming by zemotion
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Photography: Zhang Jingna zemotion
Makeup: Lindsey Rivera
Model: Jessica Dru Johnson
Photo Assistants: Tobias Kwan, Alex Stoddard, Diana Chao, Sophia Chang
Dress: Michelle Hebert
Choker: JuleeMClark
Housing and strobe rental: AB Sea Photo, LA

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The very moment I opened deviantArt, and in the moment my eyes were laid on this photo (it was really hard to tell without reading the description!) I had to open it and comment - this is a piece overflowing with the soft sensation between movement and stillness, sound and silence, light and dark that it interrupts the viewers thinking for a moment. It leaves you breathless, gazing at your screen in awe.

From tip to toe (or tip to thigh), the model is beautiful, clad in pure white dress and set in an illusionary state underwater which reveals all the softness in uncountable layers of canvas and her hair moving in all directions, lingering all in an antigravity-like manner and making this piece like a scene only seen in the wonderlands of our dreams. That is one of the main and inspiring points of the project - it lets us, the viewers, with our minds imagine further the sensation of being in a state as the model is.

Next is the darkness - what does it hide from us? A creature behind her? Even amidst the seemingly endless dark you see small details of light - hints of lighter gray light emitting from the upper left side down and the white, pearlish bubbles escaping up from the girls warm, chestnut-red hair. It's these kinds of details and contrasts in the background that make you gaze at this piece longer - anxiously trying to see more of what you've left to see of it.

About the details of the model, her choker and dress, I find them very inspiring. The dark copper-colored choker resonates with the hair colour and adds some needed sharpness to the picture. However had the dress been a work of mine, I would have left the sides of her chest, the piece along the ribs under her arms without the details that looks like feathers, for it would have looked more fitting and reminded me more of the dresses ballet dancers wear - but that is only a matter of taste, not correctiveness nor must.

As for the photo itself, it is simple and beautiful - a capture of the female beauty and fragileness - the model doesn't seem sad, it's hard to tell what her feeling is, if there's anything she feels at all - all I see is a personation of a dreaming motif veiled in both dress and smoke-like light with some time before being engulfed in the darkness...a radiating work which I find hard to say anything criticizable. I just don't know how. I just breathe in the feeling.
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39 out of 39 deviants thought this was fair.

First off, this is very beautiful. It has defiantly caught my eye in a glance. I actually thought it was a drawing and I had to catch myself before actually posting. The timing of this photograph is phenomenal from her breathless emotional expression to the scene setting! It actually looks like a scene from a move much like an actual dream itself!

The dress and lighting is so crisp and flawless and makes it look exactly like a dream so the name of your photo suits the emotional impact making come off very natural with out forcing it. Great job!
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Roukyo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keyshe54 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgouse photo shoot, perfect lighting and tinting with this model and dress. It really feel like  a dream more then just underwater. The texture and the ruffles look here is amazing
JesusD100 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2015  Student General Artist
She looks like an expensive doll baby someone through in a lake, viewers watch as she sinks to the bottom. Clap 
Namie-Kuninobu Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
I love this, its so gorgeous!
baytory Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
all I can say is WOWOWOW :P
ElkeSeekan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy sh*t , c'est merveilleux, sublime ! Waouh ! Your work is so original and amazing !! Fiou 
Shadowelve Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh this is really beautiful! I love the way the dress floats around and how peaceful the overall outcome feels :clap:
princewilliam99326 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
"I Want It This Way"
Shaleen93 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Your picture is so beautiful! I've tried to make a book cover with it -just for practice, the book doesn't exist and I'm not going to do anything with it- and I think it turned out pretty well ^_^ What do you think?

Thank you very much for your inspiring art <3
thefool2 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Mr-Bastos Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dizzodin Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhhh I am so lucky to help you at all <333 (This is Diana C.) Please come back to LA soon!!
KatiraMoon Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful and elegant. I really like how the light looks. :)
MissHosanna1995 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
Aww <3 ur work! Ur artwork inspires my imagination!
Kaza-kaizen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
breath taking
RubySummit Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Photographer
Awesome awesome awesome! I've been wanting to do underwater shots like this for a while now. How much did your underwater rig set you back? If you don't mind me asking. Mine looks like it's going to be at least a couple of grand. Did you have external lights for this, too?
EvilAngel52 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I am not a fan of photography but ur work is very interesting. I think it trully shows the purpose of photography. I cant help but look at it, look at the feelings it shows. U look at it and u dont think "cute" you just get this urge to actually analyze every detail of the photo.
ProdigyBombay Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Love the dreamlike feelings this evokes. :D
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aixado Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
I love it !!:heart:
malaugusto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013   Photographer
This gorgeous work has been featured here: People and Portraits Spotlight Vol. 85.
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at %devPREMIUM!

SyaraSirene Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, simply stunning ouo
Aimiyuharmonia92 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Student Photographer
Love it 

sakurafairy24 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Very serene...Entrancing...haunting
jbfort Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
it's amazing!
LovEya4evaXD Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Student Photographer
So incredibly beautiful ... it takes my breath away. :heart:
bobbiesam Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The title of this should be 'Ariel'
 or "Poseidon's March' 

But nevertheless its beautiful...
i really do love sumerged photos...though more bubbles would have added to the realness.

buts its okay, i think it would subtract from teh detail of the dress and the model...
through a red head in anything and they make it beautiful 
SisterCharity Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Water concept is W.O.N.D.E.R.F.U.L.
caddman Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
M3los93 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omg this is sooooo beautiful :D I like it 
yellowbigbird Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
like a doll
hotamr Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Professional Artist
that is super awesome!
BornFreak Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist
This is pure perfection!
belle-de-la-nuit Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
this is just beautiful
HighVoltage221 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
lamperouge0 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
BluDrgn426 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
RobynPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is so beautiful !
misket-nfeos Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG soooooo beautiful
geliqueguerra Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
jade-peridot Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i love it

Yumiko-san13 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
love love love ♥
Talesofsonata Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No words. Simply beautiful. 
belsart Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
your work its absolutly wonderful!
666Phede Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Just Perfect
AivilCeJota Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a beautiful picture *-*
Could I take it to my tumblr ( )? I swear I'll include your DA ID on it!
zemotion Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
You can totally reblog it from my tumblr :love:
AivilCeJota Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Ooooho even better! Thank you! :happybounce: 
HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
this is simply a superb photo. The way it's so beautiful, tranquil and dreamy is unreal. I love everything about this
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