Once again the artist "AbandonedZone" has succeeded in taking us to one of the world's lost, secret, almost forgotten places. His most recent work entitled "Dancing to the Bitter End" appears to show one of those places. Looking at his photo I keep asking myself, what was this place, where is it, and what event was it that reduced it to it's current state? Is it truly dead, awaiting it's final destruction? Or is it only dormant, a sleep for the moment, and only awaiting the renovation that will once again return it to it's lost past glory. I like this photo, it works for me, and I can't help looking at it without pausing for a moment to wonder.
The trademark desolation returns in Abandonedzone's latest stark and thought provoking piece.
The good use of warm, if only ever so slightly overexposed lighting, helping to highlight the central belt of the brown and peach pallete, seperating nicely the blues and purples of the domed roof, which casts its own cold hue onto the floor below.
The sense of abandonment is clear and very evocative, with the warm tones imparting the sense that this was perhaps once a place of happiness, laughter and love, though the colder blues and troubled purples tinging this with the visable aftermath of this age. This is all presented within this shot and offers the viewer an oppertunity to draw their own, unique, conclusions as to the nature of its sad and eventual demise.
There is a great use of texture within the shot, bring to the fore the real sense of decay, and the feeling that you can almost touch the history lost within this room.
Also the sense of exploration, gazing at the doors that are ever so slightly ajar, tempting investigation into discovering what lies beyond each of them.
If I may critique a little, though not too negitively i hope, I feel slightly, that it lacks perhaps, a focal object, a chair or some other object, as although the walls and ceiling both have their defining features, the floor is slightly empty. Perhaps something on the right hand side between the 2nd and 3rd window to balance the shot, as the doors are weighted towards the left.
But this is a very evocative piece, capturing the imagination of the viewer and posing a unique question to each and every one, allowing for a very personal voyage indeed
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I would like to add few words from myself as well. Our work might look similar and reason behind it is fact that Matthias's work is very inspirational also to me. Above picture is a example of typical coincidence - we were visiting the same place. To any photographer place like that has obvious elements interesting to the eye and center perspective (like in case of couple other photographers who took the same frame) is one of not that many to choose from. Besides, I have a big respect for Matthias and I would never steal from him or any other artist, photographer. If you would take some time and think, take a look at my gallery filled with all sorts of photographs of abandoned and decayed places, they all share familiar style, they represent my passion of several years, so claiming that I've stolen a picture is just plain silly.
Okay guys, let me clarify something. It's no art theft involved here, AbandonedZone is a friend and fellow photographer who has been at the same place and took a photo of the same room. So those are just two different takes on the very same subject. And even though we've been visiting other places together, those pictures here were not taken at the same time.
If you check the earlier comments, you'll see that I've been defending you from the start. I even got one of the accusers too apologize. I suspected that you and "Matthias-Haker" knew each other and might even be friends, but I knew after checking both pictures closely that these were two different pictures of the same subject.