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Fallout by Beezqp Fallout by Beezqp
Krakow, Poland
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"I say that men die as in the world beyond, but here we see them as they lie dead, and have lain for so long."

William Morris The Well at the World's End

This is an incredible work of art.

The pall of melancholy, sadness, and death permeates the atmosphere from several different levels. The subject itself with its details of rust, open ports, stagnation and defeat; the surreal sky with its incredible much emotion in a single image.

The locomotive is old, it clearly has given all that it had to give, it appears to have collapsed from exhaustion while pushing its way down the track and have been left to rot. The grass and weeds have surrounded it and trees are growing in its path. The impious have scrawled their marks on it.

The suggestion of a train following behind gives this a touch of the surreal: where was it bound? Where from? What cargo was it pulling? Was the entire consist stricken with some sort of dark incantation that left it forgotten?

The artistic use of color - or perhaps I should say non-color - only serves to further these haunting impressions. Before anyone dismisses this technique, let me tell you that as one who lives in the forests, these colors are true to life. There are several days amidst the firs where the surroundings look just like this. This is not artificial to me. Enhanced perhaps but not contrived.

And even in the midst of all this, the "Beebe Wedge" technique is still followed with the usual pleasing results. Lighting, shadows, colors, positioning, composition - at all levels this is an outstanding artistic achievement.

Very good work!
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FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I cannot agree more with =stung1010koth in his critique. This is an amazing shot. Well done!
Beezqp Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks, after years i still like it
FollowinTheBlackBird Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to take some time to go through your gallery. I've taken a quick look and already see a lot of work I admire.
TomRedlion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Forgotten. Lost and alone. Left to rust away in the jungle.
Wow. Loads of emotion in a photo of an old steam engine.
Wordworker Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2012  Professional Writer
It seems that trains, like humans, have skeletons to remind of of their/our mortality. Solid shot! :)
Beezqp Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
they do, everything has! thanks :)
tails4evr Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ooooooh I LOVE abandoned stuff and trains, this is really awesome. How long do you think this old train has been here? I would have liked to see what it looks like on the inside! ^^
Beezqp Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I have no idea how long it'd been there! i would say - years. But it disappeared lately... I don't know what happened. Oh, an by the way, I made some pictures inside, too. Here's the whole album: [link] Enjoy :)
tails4evr Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thanks! Those pics are amazing!
Hatter23 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
With the name of the photo, and ithe locationin Krakow, made me think of the old role playing game, Twilight 2000.

BTW, this is amongst the very best abandoned steamer pic I've seen in my life. Seriously, in the top 5...ever.
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