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December 23, 2013
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Date Taken
Dec 22, 2013, 1:31:28 PM
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.4 (Windows)
Shadows Were Falling by catch---22 Shadows Were Falling by catch---22
All that I feel
Under the skies.

Shadows were falling
My heart beat inside.

We walk through the fields to the rivers of ice.

Days turn to colour and darkness to light.
She said I want you, I need you, I want you in my life.

Love in the shadows the blood rushed inside.
Carry on little saviour to the end of the line.

I get high
For ever...

simple minds - rivers of ice
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-12-27
You should definitely look at this in full view! The amount of details is amazing. It's like the entire world is frozen!

Shadows Were Falling by *catch---22 ( Suggested by Savaliste and Featured by Anoya )
A beautiful composition, Dennis.

It's actually not all that remarkable as a photo (compared to your
other work, which sets a very high standard), but it's an especially
powerful composition for the narrative it creates. You tend to
associate music with your images (or vice versa), and your titles are
often also the triggers for image-stories. For me, this one hits
instantly because the composition emphasizes the "missing" left
side of the tree. I feel the emotional emptiness there, and it gets
filled with a kind of aesthetic/nostalgic pain. The tree takes me all
the way back to the Garden of Eden, and so the contrast with the
frosted field (the literal "river" of ice here) is especially powerful.
(Eden associated with fertility, frost associated with winter/death.)
Eve is the one missing -- not just because I'm reading this as a man,
but because your title refers to "shadows," making me think of
"evening". The longing is both for her and the missing half of
the Tree of Knowledge.

There are some other associative things from the visual and
textual associations: river of ice + heart makes me think of blood
vessels, here frosted over so that "ice runs through my veins."
There's the "chill of the grave" also, sparked by the shadow under
the tree, which is oddly large on the left side where the branches
that should cast it seem to be missing.

What really completes the composition, for me, is the lower right
corner, where the tree seems to be reaching down and "grounding"
itself to the earth. For some reason that keeps the narrative from
being entirely tragic. It is both hopeful and realistic, because that
touch makes my eye travel across the frozen grass below, back
to the trunk, up, and then to the open expanse on the left, and
that empty space isn't quite the same kind of empty.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
21 out of 21 deviants thought this was fair.

It kind of notes as love. The fact that the tree is unbalanced on its sides proves that one is giving up on the other, and "moving on". The setting of this, in the winter season (I suspect) is the view of the two lovers. The frozen grass displays how apathetic the one feels for leaving him/her. No emotion, like the relationship deals with a sociopath. And the sky, how grayish and cloudy they look, displays the feelings of the one who is left behind by the sociopath. How empty, clouded, they feel. They won't let the sun shine because they feel so empty. I agree with the critiques of some others, as they say this picture displays a form of emptiness, and I emphasize that word. EMPTINESS. This picture is basically a puzzling metaphor, and it fascinates me. The title, as well, is a puzzle. Shadows Were Falling. Maybe the shadows were falling to surrender. But why? Because of the sociopath. As in the picture, I see no shadow. Very good job with having [taken?] a concise scenery.
What do you think?
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Buntcone Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
this is lovely. it has a real frosty kinda feel to it and i like the clean feeling palate that it gives to the image :clap:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
frosty was the word of that day... thank you much!
djohn9 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very nice.
catch---22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
how I wanted the sun to shine on this stuff.
katiousa15 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Congrats!!!! A splendid work!!!!
catch---22 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
thank you Kat!
katiousa15 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
My pleasure!!!
LaColombeDeDeuil Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Professional General Artist

~~~ Shadows come in both blessing and curse
But the shadows that come in this setting can be not but the best
Bringing in with their trains of gentle flowing
The magic of romance that not even the ebony of night can test
And we find a harmony in the night wind's whispers
That becomes a symphony as hearts join
and the warm night wind celebrates our passion's deepest and most wonderous shivers.

This is wonderful and congradulations on your Daily Deviation

katti :rose:
catch---22 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
thank you Katti!
MeFlyingFree Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful image Dennis :aww: Congrats on your DD :clap:
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