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"Kathy, I'm lost," I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I'm empty and aching and I don't know why

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Daily Deviation

Given 2009-10-27
america by ~NOSTARWARS ( Featured by Gonzale )
Mualike Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
nice cute place <<;
MarjoleinMindless Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2010
this photo is in my heart.
LimeErik Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I love this picture !

It just makes me smile :]
Spottedfire94 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This really touches me :heart: love it..
lovedenim Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
thesweetwater Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2009
tirli-tirli Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009
i want to live there! <3
paperarts Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2009
Featured : [link] :)
NOSTARWARS Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
thank you so much! <3
EXITmuzic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wooow!!! the place looks so f**king great ... :D
Now I know how my bedroom will look like in a few years ... :D
catalyze Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
this is soooooo motherflippin awesome

where do they have houses like this? i'm motherflippin moving
emmasea Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured: [link] :D
me-inside515 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
F e a t u r e d . h e r e : [link]
zik228 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009  Student Writer
that pretty much captures the essence of any artist, and the quote captured the emotions perfectly
I wish my room was like that... that would be so cool.

Well, cheers anyways! :)
justoriginal Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
cool! nice idea!!!
xFantasmax Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
how lucky :) I would love to have something like that in my house, and play guitar there...
azrael3000 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
although I was suggesting another picture to ^Gonzale that should be featured, I also very much do like this picture and it equally well deserves a DD.
This shot really sums up for what America stands for me. I have never been there so I might be wrong but due to the contact with quite a few Americans plus the usual media coverage I would say that this is a great portrait.

Enjoy all the whiners who don't understand the qualities of the DDs chosen by Cha (as a matter of fact this is quite sad).
arimi-san Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
This looks like Daisuke Niwa's room at DNAngel. Just sayin. But very nice shot. :)
Genesis-Orbit Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009   Photographer
Awesome composition, the space in this seems so big, amazing work. Somehow it has a great sense of imagination and I think it's worthy of some recognition, and I think the gallery director saw that too.
4121 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
nice idea
mindbodygraphics Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
My favorite Simon & Garfunkel song, hands down! :hug:
Beautiful photo and concept! Congratulations!!
panda-jamican-pie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the white walls and the structure of the roof
touya-dono Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the thumbnail makes it seem like there's a person above on the ceiling.
reverseg Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
That was playing in my mind as I clicked this - I like the sentiment, it's a beautiful song :)
Laesuric Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I have ALWAYS wanted a bedroom like this one! I'd make a secret hideout at the top and relish in my relative safety from doorway intruders :D
ScientificRomance Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Congratulations, this photo is just the kind I like. It's emotive, even more so as the song itself has significant meaning in my life. I like the grainy quality of the new digital age. I like the subject and the composition. The unconventional set-up reminds me a little of Linda McCartney's photographs.

I think this piece deserves recognition, and hey! You got it! Good work.
BlakeGreene Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
I would like to add my two cents to the argument:

True, this piece has flaws, and isn't necessarily the most beautifully composed shot i've ever seen, but something in it speaks to my heart and gives a feeling of hope, which is what I believe it was meant to do, and in my opinion, the reason for the DD.
Gonzale Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
Feeling is definitely what i look for in a picture. Not sentimentalism though. :)
BlakeGreene Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I see :)
superfluous-zombies Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
This is such a beautiful picture.
I can't quite pin down what I like about it, but I really like it.
Miss-Selene Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Student Writer
that's a great fucking shot.
Lappy9000 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Would someone be so kind as to give me their interpretation of the piece (or the creator's views herself)?

I feel like there's more to be gotten from the picture that I'm just not getting... :/
Southern00Belle Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's because, y'know America is apparently the land of dreams or something, and this guy is like, down on his luck, but he's still holding onto the clichéd dream?
Singer96 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
This is amazing! Good job (:
LibbyCurbstomp Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Great picture and I love the room!
LineBirgitte Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
A beautiful shot, so glad I got to see this.

Don't listen to all the people who don't get what a DD is - they are just jealous ;)
MasochisteVoyeurist Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
This picture is so moving.
When listening to America, however, it produces an entirely new meaning that brings tears to the eyes.
Well done.
Rynvord Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't like it, to be honest. Also I don't know what is so great about this capture. The composition? what about right part of photo (door frame? er?) And this ladder, it doesn't matches whole scene. Exposition? over lighten window... Something is wrong also with white balance. Becouse of that the capture is simply "colour-flat".

About the topic. Is not exactly a portrait, but scene. And in fact, for me, it is not interesting at all. Guy sitting somewhere with classic guitar in random position. What is so amazing in it? And at last, the architecture. It is some how extraordinary, but it is not stunning. Just interesting and, I think, quite common house.

I'm not an "A"rtist, or proffesional art critic, or photography student, but I simply can't "catch this photo".

And about DD. I think, that of course, gallery moderator - as an artist, a person, another dA user - has rights to rate other work, like it or not. But - if he/she like it, lets fave it, lets comment it. Those are the tools for that purposes. But... as an moderator, he/she should be more exacting, more objective. There are some prerequisite that says - if the photo is good or bad. It could be the technical side of the capture, or the topic (for example - war and conflict photography, when an artist must take the risk to grab the photo). But here, either technical side, either topic aren't DD worthy (IMO!).

Finally, DD is something that people on dA desire. I think, they also really like to see amazing stuff, stunning photography (or other artworks and techniques). For me, this is some kind of DD value depreciation unfortunately.

Thats all about it, I think. I hope my english is quite communicative. You can perceive this comment as a critique of this deviation (not of the author!) and an opinion about "what the DD is, or shoul be".
NOSTARWARS Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I find it sad that it is so important for you to view only the technical sides of the photo. I don't think any of my favourite photos are technically "correct" when it comes to composition, colors, focus etc, because that would be so boring! The photos that I appreciate the most, is the ones that make me feel something, that creates an emotion.
And I know not everyone have the same definitions of what a good photo is, but that's mine, and maybe the one who chose this as a DD.
Tastes differ, and thank god for that!
Rynvord Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
"I find it sad that it is so important for you to view only the technical sides of the photo"

Again, read more carefull what I have written, then make a statement. And, hell yeah, bless God for that taste differences.
NOSTARWARS Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I've read it all.
I'm sorry you didn't like the picture, but it's OK, because everyone has different tastes, and everyone has right to an opinion.
I'm not going to defend the picture, it's not important to try to "win you over".
But thanks for sharing! :)
Gonzale Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
"I'm not an "A"rtist, or proffesional art critic, or photography student, but I simply can't "catch this photo"."

there is not but. I would replace it by a "and".

If only photos of extraordinary things were always chosen, we would all become insensitive to them, and for that matter it is what happened with the media. By seeing horrible scenes of terrible situations all the time, we get used to them, the people gets used to them, and we end up not caring much anymore.

what i want to feature here is simplicity.
and i think that despite the quality flaws, it remains a beautiful image of a certain reality, that is different from my reality, and therefore i find it interesting.
Everything is a question of subjectivity.
Now if you wanna have a debate on how DDs are chosen, please go to the forums. This photograph is not the right place for your complains.
Rynvord Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree, there should be "and".

Partially I'm agreeing also with you that not only technical masterpieces should be selected as a DD, it could be quite common photo. But then, I demand much more from the context and topic side. This photography didn't "touch" me at all. But it is not in my gesture to pick a DDs, so I respect you opinion (but I have mine, and I posted it). Hope your next pick will be more intresting for me.

And not complains -> an opinion. Thinking that way - every opinion can be observed as an complain.
I'm not fully convinced if I will debate about it or not. I don't know how excacly gallery moderators are chosen from the crowd and that's why I can't simply construct my opinion about how much, in fact, DD-deviations should be treated as an "crowd-choice" or "unit-choice"

Finally about FAQ #873: What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature? - I'm disagree with it (too). Why? If something is placed in public, it is FULLY critique'able (I don't even want to hear that "only" good critique is recommended, especially in case of DD).
Gonzale Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
i agree that only good critique on DDs would be ridiculous, but i think this faq was written in reaction to the ones who flame it without any argumentation, just because it is a DD.

It is, for sure, what you call a "unit-choice". No doubts about that.
And i was selected as gallery moderator because some people trust my taste to be a valid one.

I and a lot of other people were "touched" by this photo and i think it justifies the fact it was selected as DD.

I hope you'll like my next selections better ;)

As for complaint/opinion, it doesnt matter, it should be voiced somewhere else than in the photo comments... it is another debate, it doesnt concern the photo itself :)
Rynvord Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed it is.
But it requires more attention probably than mine and yours ;)

Keep working, keep selecting. I'm aware that we all are just humans (maybe If I ware you, my choices would be sometime also not perfect for all society). I'm aware that not everyone can be maked bum hum (satisfied with a particullar choice).

And sorry for cluttering deviation comment space.
Genesis-Orbit Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009   Photographer
Coming from someone who's recieved several DD's, sometimes you just got to be at the right place at the right time. Don't let the DD determine how good of an artist you are. I know for sure some of my DD's don't really say what is the best thing in gallery; in fact it's a bit annoying at times lol. To me, there is something moving to this picture and I think that's why the gallery director picked it.
Worldincoffee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
If you want to give a good critique on a piece, look at it from an objective point of view. If you're thinking "This isn't as great as it's made out to be" or "I don't see what's so great about it", you're in the wrong mentality for a critique. Constructive criticism is the key. Let the artist know what you think works well and what doesn't, and most importantly, how the artist can improve. Your opinions on Daily Deviations are off-topic. They don't belong in a "critique" or on an artist's deviation page for that matter.

Read --> What do I do when I disapprove of a Daily Deviation feature?
Rynvord Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Excuse me... but I thought I wrote something about composition, exposition and topic. So read my first commment carefully. If you don't want to, here is a summary:

Technical side:
- over expostion (window);
- bad composition (firstly - door frame, it is typical composition fault for me; second - the ladder, doesn't matchs whole scene);
- white balance and colours - probably needs to be improved becouse the colours are simply flat (for ex. look at the guys legs and skin).

Topic side:
- at basics - not a spontaneus portrait to be honest, but spontaneus scene (read something about "what the portrait is" firstly);
- the capture is ordinary (again, for me, but as I talk with some deviants - not only for me).

(For me) DD should be 1) a technical masterpiece; or 2) outstanding idea (masterpiece topic); or 3) extraordinary context (as mantioned - maybe some war photo journalism, documenting poor in Afrcia, something that requires to really put an effort in it.

I emphasis those "for me", becouse You don't have to agree with me, and so do I (agree with your opinions).
Worldincoffee Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I don't need to re-read your comment because I read and understood it fully the first time. I don't think you comprehended mine, though. So, just to clarify: I agree with your technical criticisms, but not with the way you phrased/presented them. The point I was trying to make earlier was that your comment came off like this (in a nutshell): "What's so great about this photo that it got a DD? These are the reasons why I don't think it was worthy", which in my opinion is a poor critique because it isn't objective (you should judge the photo for what it is, not judge it based on the fact that it got a DD).
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