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Letter from silent heaven by Beezqp Letter from silent heaven by Beezqp
Krakow, a playground somewhere in the end of the city...

The deviation won the Obscure Contest: [link]
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Given 2010-01-07
The suggester says, "Letter from silent heaven by *Beezqp is very powerful. The photographer captured such an amazing atmosphere". ( Suggested by Me-Myself-And and Featured by RockstarVanity )
Let me begin by saying what a wonderful piece this really is. From the daily deviation page, the thumbnail looks a little bit less than satisfactory, and now I'm so pleased that I took the time to look. I'll start with the front of the photo and move backward.

The first thing I noticed with the large view of the photo was the horse in the foreground. The second thing I noticed was the lack of a second horse on the bare spot on the ground. It looks like there should be one, but for some odd reason, there just isn't. The obvious use of a 2D figure to create a 3D object (by a third party, clearly, :) ) makes you think a little more and notice one more detail every time you look at the photo. The last thing I noticed about the horse, but perhaps the most striking, is that it appears to be staring straight into the camera lens. It adds to the eerie feeling of the scene.

The angle at which the photo was taken, with the fence protruding from the side, rather than the corner, and being just another object in the scene, instead of the main "enclosure," if you will, plays with the subconscious of the viewer, as if saying, "I am here, but only partially. I will not protect you if you do not give yourself to me completely."

The color difference between the two swingsets being the only immediately noticeable difference seems as if they're sort of... Encroaching on the person standing with this scene, or, in the photo sense, the viewer. The tarnished top bar and the slightly twisted metals on the toys give the illusion of being well used and loved, but abandoned. The playset in the back of the photo is perfect exactly how it is--unused, and fading away like it will never come back.

The detail of the tree in the center of the photo draws attention to the dimension of the scene, and the fact that those details fade away the farther back the tree is from the camera adds that sense of fog, like one could hardly see enough to travel 100 feet without falling on his own two feet. That brings it to the archetypes of things that obstruct vision, like fog, or a dense forest, which, it is implied, this one may be.

To finish up, the color, grain, and touching of the photo gives it a certain surety of is happening. The thought that comes to mind from this overall scene (I will confess, at the risk of sounding childish) is the scene in the beginning of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, when Harry has just left the Dursley house and is walking, with his trunk, unaware that the Knight Bus is about to come, and the dog, the "omen," is beginning to come out of the shadows. It is dusk, the merry-go-round is spinning, and the swings are empty and creaking.

It was obvious to me what this photo entailed, even before I saw that you had put it in the "Horror and Macabre" category. Overall, this piece is very well done, and I congratulate you on the daily deviation. :)
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konstantinpalailogos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap I thought this was a touched up screencap from the game; nice work!
shadesmaclean Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I can hear it now...
"...Actually, I'm looking for a childhood friend of mine. We used to hang out at this playground all the time when we were kids. The other day, he called and said he was in some kind of trouble... but this is not the town I remember from grade school. There's something very wrong here in Silent Hill. I think I felt it back then, but I had no idea..."
(just roleplaying the scene you snapped :P )
SanTheArtist Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
wow, is wonderful :)
YellowFlash001 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
if you listen to silent heaven from silent hill 2 this makes the picture seem that much more eerie

i just LOVE the fog in this shot well done :)
Beezqp Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks! yes, the SH sondtrack is awesome... wish I had it played somewhere in the background that day I made this picture, it would be just magic
miruhi97 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
xXDamonCeredusXx Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
The coloring is really good.
lovemylittlelie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010
ominous yet sad.
synyster-gates-A7X Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I featured this here: [link]
Tebh Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
i'm here because you win the Obscure contest with this picture.
I know i'm late for it, but this is your prize: [link]

I hope you like and congratulations again :hug:
Jenna-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured here: [link] :)
MelanieMaterne Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your fantastic work is featured here [link]

DeadLulu Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The OBSCURE Contest's winners are in my journal, check out them! :dance:
DreamOfNovember Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Hey! Congratulations for the DD, your photo really deserves it :D
RockstarVanity Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2010  Professional Photographer
:skull: This photo is featured in January '10s Daily Deviation round-up.
Ufnal Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Nareszcie doceniony :D
MISSO-1987 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
i would stay all the time just staring to this photo
CorporalPhantom Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This makes me think of Silent Hill, and I LOVE IT!
Waterish Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, very menacing, good work :)
DarkNessie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010  Hobbyist
Wygląda jak scena z Sillent Hilla O_o Brrrr...
Komare3232 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Instead of the picture reminding me of the scene in the third Harry Potter movie, the prisoner of Azkaban, it reminded me of the Dharma village in LOST... if only it had this type of atmosphere when we first saw that strangely... yellow village.
zbri Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this kinda depressing atmosphere...just as people said, in a good scary movie, but that's exactly what makes me wanna go there.
It looks so quiet and calm...
this is actually probably one of my mostly liked favourites ever!
ny-seran9 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
So very Silent Hill.
ScaredAmbitious Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
It's scary that that's a real playground. I wouldn't want to play there. The mood is somber, dusky, lonesome and forbidding, but it's also... edgy in a menacing way. This photo is powerful.
seishoujo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like a ghost playgroud :D
But I like it ^^
AlexEastWind Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
So Silent Hill!
dpcdpc11 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
VGAce Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Wonderful idea for a homage to Silent Hill, and a fantastic photograph in its own right. Very moody and mysterious!
VampiresBleedToo Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
creepy, isn't it? I love it.
iamjuice Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student
love the eerie atmosphere
onemoredisease Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Creepy yet beautiful. Special mix! Somewhere the ghost of a child would play. :paranoid:
Akatsuki-thereaper Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I would be scared to end up in a place like this if I ever wandered around in the fog.
djinn-world Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
hello darkness! Nice picture!!! Remind me of the exorcism of emily rose!
samsalt1 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010   Digital Artist
The critique by Iciaa sums this up perfectly but in addition I think the somewhat sinister looking grin on the horse adds bucketloads to the sense of foreboding .

A fantastic image, very well done indeed !!
NekoMage Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student Artist
There was a hole here once.

It's gone now.
Beezqp Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
She is an angel no one knows...
InTheNextLife Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
a lovely song <3
Great shot. It's absolutely stunning. :+favlove:
ediercks Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
I love scary looking playgrounds! Great job. You gave me chills!
iatemypencils Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Patrząc na ten smutno wyglądający plac zabaw od razu zorientowałem się, że to musi być w Polsce:) Fajna fota, pozdrawiam!
MaLize Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
What a fantastic work!
anathematix Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Dark and eerie. I don't think I'd want to be there alone. :P :heart:
bonnielane Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student
this is so eerie. awesome!
Forever-Is-Never Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Student
look very ghostly
maiden5150 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Seems like a 3D render?
Beezqp Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
no, 3D renders look like this :D

it's photo in HDR
Pi-ray Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the eerie feeling here. This photo is amazing and the colors is just awesome. I wouldn't mind taking a ghost hunter crew with me there. I bet that would be awesome. Other than that, I also love the angle you took it in. It looks like something out of a horror film. Awesome work and congrats on the DD!!! :D
rashis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Aaaaaaaa! Żeby Kraków!

Gratulacje niesamowite ode mnie za DD!

I pozdrawiam ;]
MagusNocturne Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010   Interface Designer
Sooo spooky, I absolutely love it!
brutartista Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
Fascinating photograph!!
keihiko Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010
omg, wchodzę w DD a tu polska, jak miło *-*
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