I found his piece impacted me greatly for a number of reasons. I was asked to write a critique for it, and I am honoured to do so.
Visually it is quite profound. You have dark shades of blues, grays and purples swirling around a singular bright spot of colour. It is almost overwhelming in its meaning.
Originality is superb. I have rarely seen anyone use this approach. What makes the statement so grand is the simplicity behind it. You do not need a lot to make a bold statement. A little goes a long way.
Technique, though simple is brilliant. The placing of the pin against the hard and cold rocks as the water is rushing by is a zen approach to a bigger reality. I like your usage of color to tell a story of human nature. The photography itself is crisp and clean, and helps the overall impact stand out.
Impact is the most important part for this piece for me, and I will tell you what I see when I view it.
I see the rocks as the way life can be at times; cold, hard and colorless. Sometimes everything just seems to blur together in a hard existence. I see the one bright star, the yellow smiling pin as us, simple human beings trying to make our mark in the harsh realities of life, or at least trying to stay afloat and live a relatively happy life. The human nature to push forward and not give up, our positiveness, even when things can get hopeless, is conveyed through that simple bright smile. I see the water as time rushing and flowing by, a constant that we have no control over, but must learn to live with.
Over all, what I see in this is strength, hope and the human will to survive against all odds.
This is a beautiful and symbolic piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.
SincerelyJavertFeatured By OwnerFeb 12, 2012Student Photographer
To me, it symbolizes the fact that you have to make your own happiness in a world that is stone cold and sometimes cruel, and the stones on which the happy face pin rests, reminds me of this. One cannot depend on people for their own happiness, which can only come from within.
The water for me symbolizes the very fast paced world we live in and how quickly time flies by us. Before we know it, ten years have passed, and what do we have to show for it?
It really is a brilliant piece. I should have seen it earlier
For some reason I am reminded of the opening scene in The Watchmen. The loudly colored, blatant smiley looks really funny against the serene, subtle postcard environment. I don't feel like the long exposure really adds to that, though. I would prefer the backdrop to be as realistic and natural looking as possible to contrast the silliness of the button. I would also prefer a more asymmetrical composition like your avatar to make the button seem more incidental and less like something that was deliberately arranged.