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Look Again: Beauty Within Nature

January 20, 2012 22 comments

Look Again

Beauty Within Nature

Look Again is a weekly blog where Kronedog takes various pictures and talks about them in detail to try and better understand the artists motives behind the image.

Lately I’ve been scouring the internet for amazing photo’s and I’ve found a few worth sharing, mostly the image above. The photography is a masterpiece and credit is given to the photographer, but nature is the one who really did the work here. Winter has completely taken over the landscapes with so much snow to the point where the tree’s can’t even stand up straight. The mix of the snow-white tree’s combined with a view of a descending mountain that looks directly out into a magnificent sunset is what truly brings this photo to life!

Breathing in Greatness

When looking at this picture, the color green is the first thing that comes to mind. Green represents life, and the rolling hills of grass portray that perfectly here. There is absolutely no “human corruption” if you will and yes, I do believe the human race has destroyed so much of the natural world. But on the flip side, that’s fine because in the end nature will redeem itself and take control once again when we are long gone. It’s just the way of life and how our planet works.

Life After Humans

Long after we’re gone, our cities and great structures will be annihilated by nature. Science has already proved this, especially with History Channels popular show, Life After People. It is just amazing to know that with everything the human race has accomplished in our short history, it will all one day be gone and covered completely by Mother Earth. More food for thought.

Nature is a beautiful and powerful thing and shouldn’t be taken for granted. Nature is the lifeblood of all living species on this planet. Remember that the next time you find yourself out in the open, away from civilization, gazing at the view.

Look Again: Laura Ivana re-visited

January 16, 2012 30 comments

Look Again

Laura Ivana re-visited

Look Again is a weekly blog where Kronedog takes various pictures and talks about them in detail to try and better understand the artists motives behind the image.

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I originally started this weekly blog category on the 21st of December with the first photo being of Laura Ivana. Since then, I’ve had many requests to do another article on her other “infamous internet” photo’s and it’s time again to get right back into it. This week I’ve also decided to analyze more than one of these photo’s, hope you enjoy!

What Do You See?

My absolute favorite thing about these photo’s is probably the setting. When looking at any of these photo’s it’s easy to think Winter but lets go even further with that. If there was a background of a beach lets say, it wouldn’t give off the same vibe because it just doesn’t blend right. It’s obvious the artist here went to great trouble to give a cold yet bright mix blending in the winter background with Laura. Another thing I love about photo’s is you can’t always be for sure. Take for example the photo above. Laura is obviously looking at something, but what? This is where the imagination can come into play if you so desire. A photo can be different to each individual, it’s finding what makes it special to you.

This picture is a little different, the way the photo is angled, and how the background has been purposely blurred which makes the viewer focus on Laura subconsciously. This is a trick many artists use to better bring out the desired aspect of their photo’s. I can’t disagree though with the artist’s intentions because he was able to really bring out Laura’s face even with her hair covering half of it. Of course she’s posing but posing  can serve to be very beneficial. This photo seems to depict natural beauty over photoshop unlike the next photo.

What is the most captivating thing about this image? I’ll tell you. Her eyes. Everything about this photo has been re-touched to some extent. Most prominent would be Laura’s face. Every and any sign of blemishes has been removed and polished to re-create a very smooth face. The smooth face in contrast to the eyes is what really brings this picture out. The artist completely changed Laura’s eyes to the point where that color isn’t even natural but still piercing nonetheless. That is exactly what makes them captivating. It’s like staring at something so familiar yet not completely normal.

There is always more than meets the eye, especially in photo’s. Take time to look at each individual photo and come up with your own ideas on them. What does the picture tell you? What do you believe the artist’s motives were when working on them? Or maybe you can even find the flaws in each picture that the artist may have overlooked? Whatever it is, remember to “Look Again.”

~Kronedog

Look Again: Firewater – Being Yourself

January 9, 2012 13 comments

Look Again

Firewater – Being Yourself

The Power of Photoshop

It’s hard to look at this picture and not think something like, whoa. The idea is simple, create an image where the elements take form to replicate another element. Obviously in this case that element is water, but what makes an image like this so captivating? I’ll tell you why, it’s not normal.

What’s Normal?

Anything that appears strange, not normal, or different can draw the attention of many people. As human beings, we strive to be unique, unlike any others (for the most part.) Being unique is what makes each and every individual shine. If you don’t believe you’re unique, think again. Everyone has different goals, aspirations, talents, physical appearance, voice… the list can go on.

Become You

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, you WILL without a doubt go further in life if you just be yourself. It’s so easy to pretend and be fake to get what you want, but how does that reflect on you personally? I bring this topic up because when I was in High School as a teenager, I had horrible problems with being me. I was constantly trying to be someone I wasn’t. One week I wanted to be like Kurt Cobain, another week I wanted to be like Slash from GnR, and the pattern continued. It wasn’t until I realized this, and through many life lessons, became me. You know who you are and what you’re capable of more than anyone else. Don’t let others try to bring you down, follow your dreams and they just might come true.

This is important because if you don’t put yourself out there and express who you are, you can easily be viewed and judged by others as “just some guy/girl.” Is that what you want? For some, yes that’s exactly what they want so leave them be. If you’re someone who has something to share with the world (ex: specific talent, knowledge, information) don’t hold back! Pursue your dreams, and be proud of who you are because you know what? There’s not a single person on this planet that is exactly like you.

~Kronedog

Look Again: The Ghost

January 4, 2012 4 comments

Look Again

The Ghost

Look Again is a weekly blog where Kronedog takes various pictures and talks about them in detail to try and better understand the artists motives behind the image.

First Thoughts

There is something very compelling and dark about this photo.  The first thing that captures the eye is the figure of a man that appears to be standing alone in the woods. The artist seems to have made it his goal to have the figure appear as a  full body apparition which is what made me want to go into detail. Looking at a photo like this makes me start questioning the why’s. Why is this man standing there? Why is it so dark? Does he belong here?

Full Body Apparitions

In the paranormal world, Full Body Apparitions are the holy grail for investigators. I’ve personally never experienced anything like this but if you’re open minded about this subject, curiosity is key. If spirits exist, by what means does it go about to show itself in a human form? It’s definitively something we do not yet understand, but I would love to find out one day. Typically, a spirit will only show itself for a specific reason, and on top of that needs a lot of energy to do so. This has been proven countless times by many paranormal investigators worldwide.

Other Ideas

Maybe this photo wasn’t meant to represent a ghost at all. Instead, it’s possible our fictional “apparition” is indeed a person. If that’s the case, I can only see loneliness in this picture. Or it’s entirely possible this indivual is lost and the setting of being alone in the woods better exemplifies that.

Your Thoughts?

What are your ideas and thoughts about this photo? Do you feel the same way I do, or does this picture bring an entirely different meaning? Whatever it may be, take a minute and breathe in this image mentally and give it some thought.

~Kronedog

Look Again: Laura Ivana

December 21, 2011 1 comment

Look Again is a weekly blog where Kronedog takes various pictures and talks about them in detail to try and better understand the artists motives behind the image.

This is the first article of the series “Look Again” and I’ve decided to kick things off with this picture of a young woman named Laura Ivana. I’ve chosen this picture for several reasons. As of late I’ve had the pleasure of talking to this incredible woman, as well as her photographer to get a better understanding of how these images surfaced and became popularized on the internet.

The first thing you’ll notice when looking at this portrait is obviously the girl in white and black. The artist has removed all blemishes from Laura’s face to the point where she looks flawless. The way the color of her faces complexion meets the carefully edited eyeliner is captivating to say the least. Her hair is slept to the side which offsets the background giving an illusion of the winter tree’s appearing more distant then they actually are.

The combination of a lot of white mixed in various shades of black is what truly brings this photo to life. Sure, a blank canvas in the background with Ms. Ivana alone would be amazing enough, but add in a background that compliments our girl and you have a beautiful work of art. One thing I cannot look away from on this image is the eyes. They’re almost piercing the way the artist altered them to better blend with the background.

The theme is obviously Winter in this photo. For a lot of us (especially northerners,) Winter can be a very tough time. Many fall to the cold and sickness that surrounds it. When the weather is constantly bringing you down, Winter becomes nothing but a cold burden on your shoulders. This image is a reminder that beauty lies in all forms of nature. Take time to take in the image to better appreciate it.

We overlook many things in life, so take a minute to look back, and appreciate the little things.

~Kronedog