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In Longing Spirit by alexandre-deschaumes In Longing Spirit by alexandre-deschaumes
Model : Ashley Lebedev
Location : USA . Pacific NW Olympic NP . 2nd Beach

© Alexandre Deschaumes 2011

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:iconastarayel:
This is my first critique, so forgive me if it seems amateur in any way.

This is a magnificent photograph--it struck me immediately as a powerful piece, and as I continue to look at it all these lovely details continue to spring up and reignite that awe I first felt looking at the photograph,

Although there are plenty of pictures of people staring off into the distance at the beach, I love that you've taken a completely different mood here. Rather than the usual wistful, or longing for a loved one, feeling, your photograph portrays something much deeper. There is a sense of melancholy here, no doubt, but it is beautiful in the most unique way.

I particularly love the way you played with contrast here--the dark of her hair against the light of her dress makes for a fantastic focal point. Likewise, the difference in focus between the model and the background makes the photograph pop even more powerfully.

Great work, as always!
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My first thought upon seeing "In Longing Spirit" was that I loved the composition, with the background unfocused almost to obscurity to draw my focus entirely on the figure at center. But it was the composition of the figure that really blew me away - the pose, the exposed shoulder and the way the light almost seems to revel the skeletal structure underneath, the loose strands of hair... Something about the whole created is just striking to me. Her disheveled look makes me imagine this whole scenario of a woman waiting on the cool beach for her wayward sailor.

There isn't anything to define the exact situation, and I love that its left to the viewer to give the image context, and while it isn't the most original pose, its effective in this case (rather than cliched).

My opinion overall: A lovely photograph, and you obviously paid a lot of attention to the details and textures.
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GrzybowskaArt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great shoot! I'm love it :heart:
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hanny23 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
<3
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CHB-Diana Featured By Owner May 15, 2013
Fantastic!
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ForgetReason Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Student Photographer
Beautifully cinematic.
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Enigmapsyche Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hello, you've been featured in my journal :butterfly:

[link]
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lovemymore Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
nice
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lovemymore Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
nice
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lovemymore Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
nice
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marcauri Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
beautiful
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Sarah--G Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
Beautiful!
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello.
You are one of the finalists of our "People and portraits"-folder in #Breathtaking-photos!
If you win this poll, you will be featured the whole next week.
[link]
Have a nice day!
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NightAndWind Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   Photographer
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getcarter Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012   Photographer
fantastic piece, great!
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anotherwanderer Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Emperor ;)
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional Photographer
yes :)
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esztervaly Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
you've been featured here: [link] :hug:
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alexandre-deschaumes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Photographer
:) !!
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schilles-photography Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wow I love this.
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Chocolatecookiecrumb Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazingly beautiful, simply lovely <3
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Oxidizing-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Gorgeous.
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allyhodges Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Very beautiful and cinematic. Great shot. :)
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Holunder Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
you're featured in my journal :heart:[link]
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ChristabelleLAmort Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012   Digital Artist
Journal feature [link] :heart:
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CarmenVeloso Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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FeliDae84 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
Your beautiful photograph has been featured in my recent journal: [link]
Hope you like it :heart:
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ShinyWish Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
:iconcuteflowerplz: You’ve been featured [link] :iconcuteflowerplz:
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oro-elui Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
breathtaking.
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DARKLiGHTPAiNTER Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
very beautiful :)
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NuriaSegura Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Student Photographer
beautiful:heart:
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dragonfly-oli Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello :aww:
I featured your wonderful piece in my Best-of-January-feature!
Please check it out and give it a favourite :heart:

Have a nice Sunday. :aww:

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borabalbey Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012
nice shot! i like this :)
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H3llana-mod Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Student General Artist
haunting
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Maplemusketeer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aww! Tis a great shot of Ash! :D Such lovely tone and mood :D Wonderfully done :)
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AlyssaMichellePhoto Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Powerful and beautifully haunting, well done!
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g-a-m Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
:thumbsup:
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webworm Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012
Beautiful!
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Loucos Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
C'est beau !
La faible profondeur de champ contribue bien au caractère de cette photo.
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Trinit94 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Student Photographer
Dramatic, beautiful!
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auraginx Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
stunning :)
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SCHink23 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This photo just leaves me speechless....the depth in it. It creates emotion without facial expression. This is truly amazing!
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RawPoetry Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012   Photographer
always impactful and a joy to look at :)
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GradientKing Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
she is beautiful and so i the shot its very emotional!
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Hooligan212 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful, transmits so much emotion. :)
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Shadowelve Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow amazing shot, so powerful, yet so calm! Love it =)
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Alyss6 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Photographer
This is absolutely gorgeous. Great work!
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LouveSirithil Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Waouuuuh <3
Je veux la même! :p
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werqe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Photographer
perfect.
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very beautiful work
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Isiri-Blackthorn Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous and peaceful and sad... I definitely get the sense of longing here. The focus, I feel, also adds to the overall effect of the piece. You've done a magnificent job!
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mj-magic Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful! :heart:
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