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.
dates taken are completely separate, while it is a amusing coincidence that two seperate urban explorers could finds the exact same room and get the near identical angles (off only a few inches it seems) it is not really surprising. they are not taken on the same day, not done in the same program, taken with the same camera and the older one is much more vibrant and light hearted while this one is darker and brings to mind the sadness of a place left behind. Both are wonderful shots and unique in their own senses while alike in location.
Bravo for your response. You obviously know a great deal more about cameras and photography than I do. You spotted details about the cameras used and the dates that pictures were taken that I would never have noticed. But we both reached the same conclusions, just in different ways. These are two different pictures of the same subject.
pretty much, D.A. makes it easier by listing the info on the sidebar too, but that info is taken from the .rar files the camera creates the moment the pic is taken if its digital. some of the info can be altered such as lighting(incandescent or natural light) and resolution to some degree but what kind of camera took it cannot be altered. and honestly I am taking a digital photography course at the local college right now trying to learn more which is the only reason I looked for the info ^^.
I really hate to rain on your parade, but you guys who have accused "AbandonedZone" of theft owe him an apology. Your correct that these two pictures are of the same location, but if look at them, and I mean really look, you'll see very slight differences between them. One shows a little more of the ceiling and the other a little more of the floor. That tells me that their cameras were in slightly different alignments. The rays of light on the floor are also slightly different. And there are objects on the floor that are in one picture, but not the other.
Now for all we know these two guys might have been there at the same time, and both took a picture of the same subject. For all we know they may even know each other. But there is no doubt at these are two separate pictures, and two guys taking a picture of the same location is not theft.
Odds more are that they know each other then because no, the lighting isn't any different.
I see what you mean about the floor though (and yes, look at the lighting. It was in the exact same hour and location, there is just less glare one one than the other and it looks like one either had a better camera or it was photoshopped up to look better and take out some of that glare)
I highly, highly doubt that anyone could get the same picture at the same place at the near exact same time with just the slightest different angle on purpose unless you two somehow do not know each other and are just amazingly on some type of same wavelength (considering these were posted months apart and yes, the glare is the only thing that's different about the lighting)
And the names of the photo's are near identical. With both those things just screaming that somethings wrong, I did think there was. I do apologize though, as there is a few inches on the floor that are indeed different
I agree with you, that these two pictures, because of the general lighting in the room, were taken within moments of each other. But like I said one pans up a little more towards the ceiling and the other a little more towards the floor. The side views are also very slightly different from each other, although the differences are even less apparent, but one pans a little to the left and the other a little to the right. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that these two were standing side by side when they took there respective photographs. I don't know what's going on with these two guys, all I know is these are two separate pictures.