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This is...a bit different from what I've been posting so far. It's a project that's been on my mind for some time and a while ago I finally started with a few test shots. That was the very first one. It's not in focus and is all noisy, yes. But since I put the effort into the composition in the first place, I thought of giving it a try and show it to a broader audience.

Opinions, (constructive) critiques or suggestions for improvement are very welcome. Unless it's about the focus... Because you won't find any in this particular picture... Haha.

Of course this has nothing to do with ZOLAQ and is a product of my own just like other photographs in this account. 

Photographer: zhenyab
Model: zhenyab
Project: emotions

For those who might be wondering: I didn't tag the photograph as a self-portrait because I don't really see myself there. I'd like to expand the whole project and work with models in the future so I can concentrate on the actual photographing part. But for now it's just me...and not me.
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chriseastmids Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
zhenyab Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015   Photographer
Thank you. :)
chriseastmids Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure :D
starpete Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Das ist sehr gut!
zhenyab Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015   Photographer
Vielen Dank. :)
Panorama152 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2015
All of my photos (so far) are self-portraits as well.  Like you, I don't explicitly indicate that fact, because it isn't really the point.  I am just trying to depict a human, even if some of the emotions that I attempt to capture are personal.  I am sure you know what I mean.  I have experienced the challenges of making a self-portrait, especially in low light.  I like your results very much!
zhenyab Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015   Photographer
I do know what you mean, yes. In my photographs it's not about me, either, since it's not me but simply images of myself and the way I view a human being. However, all the emotions we're trying to capture and express within our images are personal. How can they not be? You only can display what you are feeling yourself and let others have a look at it and decide whether or not they see their own reflection in it. If they do, though, you may even claim on having done a quite exquisite job. 
It is challenging to work in low light, I agree, but I'm used to work under less fortunate conditions, so I adapt rather fast. I'm glad you like my works, thank you.
iZzzyXD Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015
I like the hiding aspect of this picture, as it interestingly clashes with the vulnerability of being unclothed. Only remark I'd have is that a little more "space" above the model would do the picture good I think. My mind keeps trying to "draw" the rest of the outline of the head but "bumps into" the edge. Otherwise magnificent shot. The balance works really well, despite the model being largely off center.
zhenyab Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2015   Photographer
Thanks a lot.
I agree on the "more space above the model" part and I think now I'd do the photograph a bit differently. Since it was the first shot of the project I was more concentrating on the pose rather than the frame - although the latter still turned out quite well. Unfortunately the upper part of the head got "cut off" during the shooting, not in the post-processing. So there's no "fixing" possible. But the pose works for me and so does the whole composition - and apparently for you as well.
Again, thank you. 
iZzzyXD Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
You're very welcome, glad it's of use to you. Will there be more of this style in the future? I'm "watching" you now, for that.
Oh and thanks for looking at my work, too, it means a lot.
Lastly, I saw you're located in Germany? That's cool, means we're relatively close, compared to a lot of artists here. I'm from The Netherlands. (Even though that's completely irrelevant.)
zhenyab Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015   Photographer
I've still got some images of this style in stock/development, yes. I'll be uploading them during the following weeks.
Also thanks for watching, I really appreciate that. And you're very welcome as well. I especially liked that text, would love to read more of something alike. So, keep that up, please. Haha.

And yeah, I'm from Germany, even been living near the frontier of The Netherlands a few years ago, before moving to Hamburg. But still relatively close to you than to others, I agree. (Even though that's completely irrelevant.) So... Hey there, neighbour!
rodolphestar Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015  Professional Artist
Interesting light. Can be more pleasant if we can feel the front limit of your head and not just disappear into the dark.
zhenyab Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2015   Photographer
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
Well, hiding and finding comfort in it was the point of this picture in the first place. And since the hair was covering the face anyway the subject and its identity got faceless and (through the "disappearing in the dark") also limitless.
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