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Sombre Lilt by kunika Sombre Lilt by kunika
I've been submitting a lot of pictures of females lately, have'n't I? Ah well, I was sort of convinced to go ahead and upload this [I'm not too hot on uploading photography, for some reason]. I know most of you stalkers are more fond of my Indy anime art. XD

Anyway, I had a couple of ideas for this particular image, and this one turned out the best of the bunch. The lighting was very difficult to work with, and that string [singular!] was a PAIN. Took about fifteen minutes to get it to look the way I wanted to.

My concept for this piece was a basic statement about religion. Nothing overtly powerful, but obvious enough to be seen. Make your own interpretations, please. n_n

Silver print process, lots of dodging and burning in the lab, and a warm duotone + border + text added with Photoshop 7. Sorry, I can't recall the F-stop settings and such. XD
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smeege Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
absolutely beautiful. truly inspiring. pure talent x
goddessredd Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow! Talented at photography and art! I like this, I don't think it's just 'a girl with a string around her face', it definitely has deeper meaning than that.
yabukasigi Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
[link] = featured
skebz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2006
this photo is amazing :) fantastic job!
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2006   General Artist
Feb 2004 was when I :+fav:ed this.

Bumped into your account again from oekaki! Funny world =P

You're a multitalented gal!
renovak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2005
Love the pose, the focus, the monochrome - everything, really. +fav, definitely.
tsukimikaze Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
you submitted this deviation on my birthday. i kinda feel the fate:)
wonderful photography. the girl is beautiful.
posing--maiden Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004  Student
Is she, perhaps, tangled up in the many differant paths or ways to go about viewing a religion, or religion as a philosophic debate? I especially liked how the string criss-crosses underneath her left eye; to me that demonstrates that so many different religions say the same things, and yet label them different from each other. Call it whatever suits your symbolic needs best, I suppose!
MadmanOfLight Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004
Inspiring! This has given me an idea for a painting...thank you!
Sakuzha Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2004
wow!!...awesome her expression....
love the focus on her hands....really good shot;)...
vxt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this. You should do more photography, if you already do then you should submit them. :)
Ephon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2004  Hobbyist Artist
:O beautiful piece XD
natashalyonne Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2004
it's drop dead gorgeous portrait. i saw it, visited your gallery and was quite disappointed to see anime cause... well i'm not too fond of anime :P too bad it's your only portrait in this style :cries: what are you doing to me. please... submit photography :giggle:
kunika Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2004
XD; I JUST recently got my photo portfolio back, which has most of my silver prints, so I'll likely sift through that, to see if there's anything worth posting. I'm primarily an illustrator, though. Photography is something I do'n't do very often, and only in my free time [illustration = work].
natashalyonne Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2004
you need more free time :|
kunika Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2004
Hail! I can only wish. x_x
nanette Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2004
Religion is oh so binding. Religion can hold you down, even when it's so obvious to others, but the girl seems to be obilvious to it? I don't know if that's what you intended, but that's what I think of it.

blueseas Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2004
Really interesting shot. I think I said that before though. Eh...I really like all the work you put into it though. You have good talent for photography as well as drawing.
stardustcat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Huh...odd, I swear I've seen this before, back when I first got on DA back in april last year. Is this a re-upload?
stardustcat Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Scratch that...why the hell is this in my new deviations section and dated augest 17. DA screw up? Or edit? *decides to shut up, as she's probably making a fool of herself*
kunika Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Apparently, when I added it to my DAPrints, it reupdated, automatically. I was unaware it did that, until I started getting flooded with new comments. So no, you are'n't hallucinating. ^^;
stardustcat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2004
Oh good.
yuwa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004   General Artist
post away
photos i mean
i like all your stuff
and this is spiffy
megaminokamo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
*drooooolllls* Oh my god, awesomeness. XD I love the string and the effect of her mood and such with the toning and everything. Wow. o.o;; I just... wow. XD Sooo friggin' awesome. X3
halflingsera Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
really awesome :) Beautifully concieved and executed
lanhao Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
great picture... I really am drawn to the whole composition of it... really nice :D
akiko15 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004   Traditional Artist
I love the pose and the string!!! Great job!
allyhodges Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Most photographs I see don't really have a meaning, but I really like how you put a meaning to this about religion being restrictive (or at least that's what I think you portraid in your photograph), and I absolutely love it! Definately a favorite! ^_^
djinn-world Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004  Professional General Artist
GREAT pic!!!! the concept is really cool, you got talent when it comes to photographie
Blitzballbaby Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Absolutley superb Kunika, really very beautiful :D
kitanna Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Wow! That's amazing!
Guga-kun Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic photo!!!!
xblahx Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2004
Does the string suggest people are tied down by religion?

Well anyways, this is absolutley fabulus..I love the browny colour, and the border, drawn plain and simple, gives a great effect.
greenfroggies Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2004   General Artist
Brilliant, +fav, i love the picture and the string, briliant!
abirato Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
the composition of this photo is just great.... :)
(i think it is a stupid comment.... :)
frenchhippie Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2004
This photo is amazing. Just, wow.
xxsilentcry Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2004
I like it. It's very pretty...The string is grand<3
Sheqel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2003
i think one border was enough
bright-nature Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2003  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwww!! this is soo lovely!! XD love the lighting and texture :) *thumbs up*the blurry and the sharp sides are perfect , really cool eyes too! ^_^ i'm faving this!!
hellangel Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2003
Whoa that looks real prof and totally awesome.
I-- Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2003
abolutley stunning. well done.
cyberia23 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2003
Pretty bizarre, i like it.
torikat Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2003  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wasn't until after I took Photojournalism that I really started to appreciate monochrome photographs. Very awesome. I can't help but wonder what the other pics looked like. ^^
akewataru Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2003
the lighting may have been a bitch to you, but it still turned out really beautiful. hehe. ^_^. I like the statement too. Plus her neutral expression. w00t!
nii-tan Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2003
this is so beautiful despite the underlying issue of being tied down
sheiluin323 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2003
Awesome piece though I might suggest accenting it a bit by mabe coloring the string or nails or something, but thats the photo-manip in me speaking. Excelent piece!!!!!!!!!!

As for the interpretation...hmmm...well stirng is traditionally a metaphor for being bound to something and with her praying, I would say bound to your prayers. Interesting though that the string does not lead to her hands. :D Cool piece though.
missleaves Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2003
this is the first time I ever comment or +fave a photograph...
you're just amazing, you can do anything everything^^
supuu Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2003
I love your drawings as well as your photo~~ vv they're all wonderful and very pretty :3
*inserts more intelligent comment about it here* me is in need of sleep XD;;;
sir-neo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2003
when i firs saw the picture, i was like stoned..
This person is so charismatic..
just look at her perfect fingers..
and her eyes..
nice capture..
aliceinthematrix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2003
Wow -- never thought I'd reach the end of all of those comments! ;p Kudos on the picture, seriously. Very artistic, love the shadow, and it really captures a mood. Now. Get that string out of your hair, eh? ;p (Though, I must say, you positioned it perfectly.)
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