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March 18, 2011
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1/250 second
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55 mm
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Eternity by RobinHedberg Eternity by RobinHedberg

Model: Karl-Dennis Nordl÷f

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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-09-22
Eternity by *RobinHedberg
Suggester says: The black/white tones used in this photo are reminiscent of x-ray shots, creating a deeply expressive portrait that is also a meditation on mortality - haunting and unforgettable. ( Suggested by GraphiteColours and Featured by hellfirediva )
I really don't know where to start.
I stared at the photo for several moments to and I still don't know if I'll be able to express my feelings in words.

This is an extraordinary concept. The skeleton is touching the human's face in a way, that I cannot define if it's threatening or soothing.
In any case, it is like they're talking to each other through their eyes. The human is gazing at the "smiling" skull, his mouth slightly open, utterly mesmerized.

You've chosen chosen a clever and mysterious title: Eternity.
Eternity.. for someone believing in a God, it is probably, what follows death.
But most people, regardless of their belief, are afraid of death.
After all you can never be sure what (if anything) happens next.
Nonetheless, what remains for sure after death, is dust and bones.

Maybe, that's what the skeleton is trying to say.

About the technical part, I really like the fact that you chose b&w and that the light is coming from the background, it creates a quaint atmosphere.

The only flaw I can see, has to do with the sharpness. I think the photo would look better if it was a tad sharper.

Apart from that, it is an outstanding photograph and I think it deserves a Daily Deviation. :heart:
[I'd suggest it, if you hadn't gotten one a couple of weeks ago. :D ]
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
101 out of 102 deviants thought this was fair.

Well this is my first critique ever, the very first and the firm thought came into my mind when I saw this deviation that both of them are try to feel each other.

Life is so amazed to see death so close, astonished and looks speechless of having this much closure experience of death. The human is feeling pleasure to experience his near end in this way and seems to be enjoying the surprising moment.

While at the other end the skull is feeling the life and seems missing those faded shadows of life he had been to once.

Both of them are seems to be realizing & embracing each other and fully aware of the importance and worth of each other.

The only flaw in my sense that it needed to be cropped more from top. The bared forehead of human is not feeling good here. It would better to be cropped just from middle of the forehead.

My final words for this work:

A superb piece of art so meaningful.
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
20 out of 21 deviants thought this was fair.

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Agent36496 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Writer
Very expressive :)
DharmaWPB Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Artist
W O W. Superb!
NovaTheory Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Student General Artist
This is breath-taking! 
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014
The idea could have seemed cliche', but the expression captured on his face, the placement of the skeletal hand, the visual composition itself, all make this a work to which one finds oneself drawn again and again.
jessers3192 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My heart stopped for a moment while I was scrolling.  I had to click on this.  I love it.  The model seems so innocent and open, and the lighting is amazing.  Thank you for this!
FallAwake Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is absolutely amazing
ReizYouUp Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
First time I've seen anything like it! Evokes a sense of originality and in a creepy, yet good way!
JVartndesign Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Simple Spooky yet Oddly Elegant in its use of light and shadow
TealDragon53 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Creepy and beautiful, love it :D
popkool Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this reminds me of black butler
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