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Redemption by OlgaAthens Redemption by OlgaAthens
Self-portrait. Something a little different this time! :)

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Women | Self-portraits | Red series

Taken with a Nikon D60.

Olga Martzoukou

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so it is often said, but here at DeviantArt most pictures/graphics don't even warrant a comment. This picture is indeed an exception as it has more sublime qualities to it than I could possibly mention or describe. Of course, perspective is everything, the lack of which is really what most self-proclaimed artists reveal most about themselves in their artistic endeavours, especially those 'artists' who for some inexplicable reason fancy themselves as being competent enough to take on the many challenges inherent in the photographing of the female nude.

Evocative is the most appropriate term to describe this image, which by definition means 'bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind', and thereby, implying a previous personal knowledge and/or experience of something. But who can honestly say they've been inspired to have thought provoking ponderings in the encountering and experience of real feminine mystique as most women struggle to even impress let alone mystify? And so, whether intentional or not, it really is quite a remarkable achievement by this artist - made all the more impressive in self-portrait - insofar as having been able to encapsulate an essence so sublime few people will ever know of its true evocative appeal. Unless, of course, they happen to be either a connoisseur of women or a daringly sensual woman themselves of some appreciable beauty.
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williamfdevault Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Professional Writer
This is exquisite.  :blackrose:
OlgaAthens Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Photographer
:thanks: :)
lardaspetros Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
nice work
mdaemiid Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
great work +++
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keep up the great work
DaddyHoggy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
Not normally lost for words, but I'm struggling to get beyond "wow". This is a beautiful picture.

The lighting, the skin tones, the way the plaited hair is so dark and strong, the gentle curve of the upper body, the hint of legs, softened by the material... <sigh>
Man-most-ordinary Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
This is so beautiful. Sense of purity peace and acceptance.
OlgaAthens Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013   Photographer
Thank you so much for seeing all that! 
Vicious-doberman Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
This is one of those images that really makes the viewer start thinking.

"What is her mood, what is she thinking, where is she going?"

Its the subtle emotion that makes this image fantastic.
OlgaAthens Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013   Photographer
Thank you for saying that! :)
Insouciancee Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
There is a bit of a story to the above comment by Vicious-doberman as he is a friend of mine.

It was me who actually introduced him to your photograph as I had mentioned it to him whilst chatting with him privately one day back in July as well as of my intentions of maybe writing a critique, which is something I have never done here before at dA.

I showed him the first draft of what it is I had written after which he and I had a discussion about your photograph.

I guess he was inspired after that to come and make his own thoughts known to you.

Even though I had finalised my critique over a month ago, I was reluctant to submit it as I really don't like to add further to the already over-subscribed uncritical/glowing-praise-only community that exist here at dA.

My original comment was this:… and I never faved your photograph.

I remember thinking to myself after I made my comment I could have been a little bit more enthusiastic in my comment on this occasion as that really was quite a good photograph, but it was too late, by then.

Anyway, you appear to be a considerate young woman - an ingredient of feminine essence - insofar as taking the time to respond to people who go to all the effort of making a comment on your work, and this photograph of yours is deserving of a generously positive critique, which I am more than happy to now tender.   

I hope you like it.
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