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The girl you lost to cocaine by pro-non The girl you lost to cocaine by pro-non
It's a mad world..

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A girl with waist-length blonde hair sits on a window sill. Although light floods through the window, she curls her body into herself and turns her face down into the shade.

The first thing I notice about this image is the lighting, the brightness of the window, the light reflecting off the blonde hair, all draw attention to the dark dejected expression of the subject. The artist must be applauded for this subtle use of contrast to bring depth to the work.

The image is framed such that the subject is confined by the edges of the image. This contortion conveys to me a sort of claustrophobic and lonely state, added to by the overlapping of limbs. You want to reach out to the girl, but she has been closed off by this box that the audience cannot penetrate, the subject cannot escape.

The tattoos and jewellery on the subject are tactfully chosen such that they do not disturb the balance of the image. They humanise the subject, draw her out as a character that can empathise with. Being a young person myself I feel this small but important touch allows me to interact with the work.

Through this work, the artist has shown great depth of understanding of visual elements as well as how to construct emotion in the form of an image such that the audience is drawn into the visual world. I feel I must rate this artwork highly.
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I am not good at critiques but I wanted to at least make a few comments. If an image the artist presents can evoke emotions and or thoughts, then it is successful. That is all an artist can hope for: that the piece can somehow be understood, feeling conveyed, concepts grasped. This image is extremely thought provoking. It is very emotional. I get a feeling of despair, regret, loneliness. It is a reminder that beautiful people are often the most troubled on the inside. The turning away from the bright sun may indicate a feeling of shame. It conveys that the world to her is bright but she is in the darkness of despair. The jewelry and tattoos humanize the subject and from my own experiences are a symbol of rebellion and trying to find your place in the world. Overall, this piece brought back memories of a time period in my own life.....a very painful and lonely time. The sunshine outside the window may be a symbol of hope that things will eventually get better. These feelings, emotions and thoughts I get from the piece may not be exactly what the artist had in mind but then each person will have a different reaction based on their own experiences. This is an amazing piece in all aspects and very successful in creating an interaction with it's viewers
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hclausen Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
So very sad.  Almost lost myself to drugs. 
This beautiful and thought provoking.  Thank you.
DaWonderer Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
it really is.. :sniff:

I know how it feels to lose someone to drugs.. :(
popandroid Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
SO cute
Poppy-InA-Rose-Field Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What inspired the title?
Simidae Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Soulvantes Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think it's the model's username, she's in the description?
TheDazman Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Awesome shot :)
pearwood Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beauty and sadness.
emilylautner Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
She's flawless.
darkparadise27 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
seems comfortable and natural, not too rigid. however it maintains an insecurity that is overshadowed with vanity.
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