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Sep 28, 2004, 2:49:01 AM
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The Darkside by Mouna-Mekkaoui The Darkside by Mouna-Mekkaoui
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:iconashleyleephotography:
Hello there. This is my very first critique, so I am a little nervous about how I form my words. I know I have many things to learn about photography and I'm not perfect, but I thought it would be good experience giving an opinion to such a wonderful piece of photography! "The Darkside" can be interpreted in many ways, so I'll state what I think about it.

First of all, I really admire the lighting in this piece. It shows the true feelings of this. The feelings I get from this are "anxiousness" "choice-making" and "waiting". I'll explain why I see these feelings.

When I look at the picture, I see that you are almost completely immersed into the light, however, you are facing the long, dark hallway. Your pose shows that maybe you are waiting for something, perhaps news? Your facial expression is also in the perfect mood-set for seeming a little bit anxious or nervous about something. Since you are facing the darkness, do you have a feeling about learning something bad? Perhaps you are making a choice. You are sitting near the light, yet facing darkness. Are you pulled between a good choice or a bad choice? Maybe because you are in between the two, you are not sure which choice is good or bad. So, you sit there, thinking, "What choice will I make? Will I face the dark, or will I face the light?" I hope that makes sense.

I really do love this piece because I find it original. The technique is wonderful, as I said with the lighting, body language and expressions. I love the way you positioned the camera facing you, facing the darkness with the light shedding from behind you. It gives a great impact. I also love how simple your outfit is. It's not too distracting so the viewer can focus more on what lies beyond the subject.

Overall, "The Darkside" is such a wonderful piece and I really look forward to seeing more photography from you. If you have any questions about the critique, please feel free to ask me and I'll be more than happy to talk with you.

Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with everyone on dA!
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:iconebolabearvomit:
EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
This is an awesome piece of work!

I feel like I did something bad just looking at it.
I'm afraid of my punishment.:nuu:
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm really glad you like it ,and here is your punishment : :hug::blowkiss:
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DAPoliticalForum Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
:thumb349597009:

I used this photograph in a Group article. I hope you do not mind!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Of course I don't mind ,I'm honored :D
Thank you ..
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Use the Link code.
The thumb code only works in the forum for responses.
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OmarElTelbany Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
like :)
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks a lot :hug:
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:icongoldeninnocence:
GoldenInnocence Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2011
This is good! o.o ♥
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :kiss:
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:iconhjmarshall:
HJMarshall Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
It has a real dramatic mood to it.
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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:iconmeandarksmile:
MeanDarkSmile Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this picture!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
glad you do ,many thanks :hug:
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abdelbastannomany Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
rather wonderful.
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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:iconartoriginal:
ArtOriginal Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
very good..great lighting
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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:icondapoliticalforum:
DAPoliticalForum Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Forgive me looking at this through political eyes, but I can see that this is a secret meeting of some important clandestine operation. One can tell from her repose and facial expression that she is no ordinary person. She is in charge!

Whomever is facing her is standing at bay, a respectful distance away. He may have brought her some important, critical information, but when he leaves, he will do what she has told him to do. She is in charge!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I like that :D
it's me actually ^^
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:iconliaen-fable:
Liaen-Fable Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
May I ask if you are a fan of photographer Francesca Woodman? Your work reminds me of hers :)
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just googled her and loved what I saw :D
thanks :blowkiss:
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guyprives Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Professional Photographer
Wonderful
great use of the light
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :blowkiss:
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:iconzanarky:
Zanarky Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice lighting and contrast. It almost has a film grain look which is quite attractive. Was this intentional?
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you ,and yes :D
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WinterDarkmoon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally love how this is. It seems to suggest that the viewer is on the "dark side," but the way that the model sits and regards the viewer from the chair suggests that internally, she perhaps is a little "dysfunctional," and at the end of things, the "light side" is darker than dark. She is spotlighted almost like the scenes from movies where the "mom" figure is the killer - in fact this reminded me of that lifetime movie where the girl and the boy are with their godparents, and the woman is crazy and killing off the little boy slowly but gradually.

It also reminds me of ghost stories, with the pictures hung on the wall, and the old photograph sepia tones. It's a very nice piece!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blowkiss:
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hellhoundp2k Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful picture. I love the halo of light that surrounds her and illuminates the hall; I really like the polished, clean floor and the tiling, I like the two pictures that crown the model's head and I really like her expression. :) The stark contrast between the two halves of her face give this picture a lot of its strength, but the graininess mixed with all the sharpness makes it a piece that stands out from the rest.

Good work on this one!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :rose:
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:iconr0taj:
r0taj Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful.
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :hug:
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:iconartbyasmith:
ArtByASmith Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing shot, I love the lighting and contrast!!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you :kiss:
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:iconmademoiselledy:
mademoiselledy Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Nice picture! :D :heart:
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks my dear :)
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:iconmademoiselledy:
mademoiselledy Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Interface Designer
Your welcome :D
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:iconjoelwho:
joelwho Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
brilliant!
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank youuuu :hug:
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toldyouiloveyou Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
I love this, its simple but can cover so many areas.
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :)
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toldyouiloveyou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011
my pleasure
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Seikoworks Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
J'aime ! Fav (a)
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
mercii :)
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TamaraKhayal Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011   Interface Designer
nice picture i like it
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much Tamara :kiss:
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:icontamarakhayal:
TamaraKhayal Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011   Interface Designer
nice picture i like it
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:hug:
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poetryinframe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
I like this :)
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cronos690 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
nice framing:)
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:iconmouna-mekkaoui:
Mouna-Mekkaoui Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks :hug:
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