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February 8, 2011
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Canon EOS 450D
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Date Taken
Feb 8, 2011, 11:09:38 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (11.0x20071101 [20071101.m.190 2007/11/01:02:00:00 cutoff; m branch]) Windows
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livin in a dream by navidoutlaw livin in a dream by navidoutlaw
or a nightmare maybe ...
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Given 2013-02-10
livin in a dream by ~navidoutlaw ( Suggested by CarmenVeloso and Featured by Kaz-D )
Maybe I'm not a professional photographer myself, however I feel an overwhelming urge to write down a more analytic comment/critique to this marvellous photography...

Firstly, indeed, it's completely awesome! :heart: I love the composition and concept. The idea is mind-blowing, very well worked up and also very symbolical for me.

The darkness of the room symbolizes here for me a kind of feeling of being insecure, threatened by the outer world. Plus it might be a symbol of a kind of "mental cage" made from our self-destructive, negative emotions and thoughts.
The lines on the model's body resembles to me days which pass (it reminds me so much of shipwrecked people who are stuck on an uninhibited island and who want to keep up to date with the world's calendar, so they draw and cross out lines... but usually on a rock or a piece of wood and not on someone's body... but it makes the whole idea even more haunting and excellent for me; it's definitely more dramatic). These days just pass, and although he's still alive, he can't bear the reality, it is like a nightmare for him. Maybe the border between dreams and reality has been wiped out?
The only one element in this photograph which shows that maybe there is still hope is the open window in the background. Maybe this broken by world and troubles person will one day wake up from his dreams, peer through the window and try to live happily again? Maybe he will try to endure all of the suffering, pain and problems and will manage to get out of the state into which he's fallen...
This is how I interpreted this work.

As for me it's a really wonderfully executed concept, very emotional and inspiring.
What do you think?
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AnnyVeleydo Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
La idea es buena, entendible, e manejo de las luces y sombras es perfecto pero no me queda clara la tecnica, carboncillo, sanguinea o grafito, me gustaria aprender mas sobre este efecto, a mi todavia me cuesta trabajo.
ZEN161 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Intriguing photo.
HoshisamaValmor Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
It's great to see this got a DD :clap: congrats
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the concept - congrats on the DD
mehrmeer Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Congrats, Navid! :)
xyr Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
Thought-provoking, as all good works should be. Well done. :D
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD feature, Navid. :clap:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats on the well deserved DD! :dalove:
Have a nice day! :heart:
feainne Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
featured here: [link] :rose:
GCOPhotography Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
Stunning image!
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