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October 30, 2012
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Mar 6, 2011, 3:36:38 PM
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First things first....

Look in the right hand bottom corner of this image. You see that? That is the mark of an artist deserving of respect and admiration for his genius works. That is how an "Artist" identifies his work. (I just had to get my watermark hate rant in)

I am going to get chewed on for this 2 1/2 on vision, but hear me out...

In this instance, the vision has so many places to go, that there can really be no clarity, and I would not want clarity here either. The lack of stars here should not be seen as a deficiency, but as a success! I would like to have given this a 1 star for genius in lack of vision, but I am afraid he would not understand, and would feel the low rating was unwarranted.

I LOVE things with "lack of vision" because they allow the viewer to project their own feelings on it. Look closely at the image, make sure the room is quiet, turn everything off, and breathe slowly... Can you see what I see? I see a thousand different scenarios here, young, old, love, depression, warm, cold, quiet, water background, the different smells... You can apply this to any memory, or any dream you have in your mind, you can be anywhere with it, with anyone, at any time. The artist has created a world for you to magically enter, place yourself on the pier, in the water, on one of the boats, he leaves the canvas "blank" for you to complete the vision. Again, in this instance, the LOWER the rating, the BETTER, it is deserving of a 1, but I am afraid to "go there" so to speak. First things first....

(Now that I have had time to think on it, I am going with a rock bottom 1/2, then the rarity of 5 across.)

Is this image original? No, not a chance. In fact, this artist has a lot of work with water, but....

Remember that low ranking for vision? Now that we hit rock bottom at the gate, we come back with the full force of a running start from 1/2 to 5 across...

The originality here gets perfection, because if 6 billion people view it, it has the opportunity to be 6 billion unique images! If you have ever seen the show "Blues Clues" where they "Skidoo" into a picture? [link]

That is my point here! It is perfect in originality, because the artist is consistent with the ability to engage the viewer, which really is next to impossible, ask any artist.

Riding high on a perfect 5 across, the technique is flawless... The signature in the correct spot, as opposed to the violent raping of the watermark of greed, the lack of color, the depth of perspective, the lighting and capturing the natural placement of shadows... Avoiding color is not something that should be toyed with lightly. You can look cheap and pretentious by avoiding color, which this artist has used successfully many times over, without the "bougie" hubris of being something he is not. The lack of color here, the intensity of the shadows, all gives life to, not take it from the image. The technique here, give legitimacy to this being a piece worthy of Masterpiece recognition.

As for impact? The 5 across is still a gimmie... Here is an example: Let’s say you are a man whose wife died in a car accident 10 days ago, you just buried her, you come across this image, you stare at it and reminisce how you and you wife used to stand on a pier just like this every twilight, holding hands, and falling in love all over again with each sunset, his tears of sorrow mixed with tears of joy... If that is not a five for impact, then nothing on Earth is, and with the lack of vision, and the availability for the viewer to give life to the image, this impact has the chance of becoming reality.

I sadden me that this artist is not recognized globally, it is the viewer that is suffering from not seeing him, not the artist suffering from people not seeing him. What if that man who lost his wife needs to see this image? How fair is it that he should be made to weep in agony and despair because he cannot find that outlet for his memories to be freed and allowed to be cast unto the heavens? Many people get “art” wrong… They think it is there to turn a buck, to panic over because someone might steal it and make a buck on it. That is not what “art” is for. Art is for the dissemination of the “Wisdom” of the Artist, it is a gift that the artist gives to those who are in need, is it ok to make a living on it? Sure, but the money should be the last thing on the list of priorities for an artist. I’ll bet if you asked this artist if he thought it would be fair to charge that man with the deceased wife a fee to view the image, so he could cry and reminisce over his sunsets with his wife, I’ll betcha he would insulted beyond what words could express. How do I know he would be offended at the very thought?

Go back to the very first words I spoke in this critique…

You can see the respect he has for you, his work, and himself in the bottom right hand corner…
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kingbob24 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
lovely simple black and white photo.
mdomaradzki Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Photographer
OldSchoolHipster Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
bbl on this one too...
mdomaradzki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
BobCatD Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely ~ :)
mdomaradzki Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Photographer
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