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!
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!
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!
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.