The expression on his face tells the whole story and is what makes this so hard for me to turn away. At first, I thought he had his head on a baseball base, and was thinking that "home" might be a clever title - but now I see the title is "saint." Having read the comments below, I understand why it's named that, in a ironic sense. I hope this young man gets another chance at things - it looks like he's had all the hardship he can handle - and that's easy for me to relate to, hence the attraction.
If the goal of art is to move the audience by engendering an emotional response, then this picture certainly does it for me.
Good choice on going with black and white, color would have really tainted the beautiful, yet honest reality of his expression.
I'll agree with the opinion that the art on the site is to bring awareness to the artists. I'll also agree with Strong Rad and his harsh reality of the situation of the site. Many artists go unrecognized, some because they don't subscribe to the site, and various other reasons. The art world is full of people who love this shit. It's the same as the music world, something by blah blah whoever the hell comes out, the radio plays it and every teenage kid and their grandma eats it up. Doesn't mean it's good. This is photography. Nothing about this shot is original or makes you think. To me, it says nothing, I feel nothing by looking at this. It's a boy against a concrete wall.
I kind of like how no one is getting this. It makes me smile for some utterly wicked reason. I think it is mostly is because everyone has their little opinion and such.
It does actually remind me of the pictures of saints. The halos and the sad looks and stuff. I also like the darkness surrounding him and the sadness. I kind of wish there was more detail and such amongst the scars and such but alas.
I really like the photo and I believe you shouldn't let anyone get you down.
Aren't we allowed to put our opinion out in the world, just as you are doing? Many of us are not trying to get the artist down, either, we just don't understand it or see a deeper meaning to it. I'm not trying to be rude, it simply appeared hypocritical when you criticized us for posting opinions and then followed by immediately typing out your opinion. If your intentions were otherwise, please tell, as I am always open to another point of view. Thank you for reading~
Kilmer was tried for 2 accounts of reckless driving 1 charge of felony drug possession and 5 accounts of conspiracy to commit murder. He was arraigned in superior court of LA, is currently being held without bail.
...Said the guy who draws zoophile furry shit with crayola colored pencils and posts a ton of unremarkable, Facebook album-worthy snapshots en masse.
I mean, just look at the utter fucking skill that went into THIS amazing masterpiece of modern art, folks. [link] Are you not just in complete fucking AWE of the technique, the proportions, and not to mention, the deep, thought provoking and VERY ORIGINAL title of this work? Actually, I would say the title is ~*generically short*~ and points out the goddamn obvious...but I can see where it may take a few moments of headscratching for one to realize Strong-Rad's grade-school level scribbles are, in fact, supposed to resemble a slutty cat of some sort sprawledon a bed.
And let's not forget this beautiful snapshot either! [link] I mean, look at this photo. The awkward, distracting rock in the corner really speaks volumes to my heart, ya know? And I bet he even changed the settings on his little point-n-shoot grandma got him for Christmas and everything.
I would not say it is an "understanding" of what art is, but an opinion. Art is truly anything that was created with an inspiration and a passion. Whether it is good or not, though, is in the eye of the beholder. I happen to agree with this person, that there are other pieces of art that are more deserving of a DD. I just don't see anything truly eye-catching or spectacular about this photo. If you like it, then that's fine; I won't stop you. But it is still art, nonetheless, and I am sure this person understands that. It is like music, which is a different form of art - there are many different genres, but each one appeals to different groups of people. This photo just happens to not be as appealing to me or Strong-Rad as other photos or artwork in general. Now, I for one would not have been so sarcastic about it, but I just want you to understand our point of view. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
Yeah, and I guess this Microsoft Paint shit of yours is so much more worthy, right? [link]
It's just dripping with so much PASSION and unbridled INSPIRATION, I can hardly stand it! Literally, I almost fell over from the PASSION AND INSPIRATION LEAPING OUT OF MY SCREEN AND INTO EVERY PORE OF MY BEING! I can really see that it came from a deep and personal place. *happy tears*
Did I mention anything about my own art? No. Did I once claim that I was a better artist than anyone else on DeviantArt? No. So that was entirely uncalled for.
I try to be polite and give my point of view on a subject, and this is the response. I should have known it would be this way.
Anyways, yes, I was passionate about drawing that. Yes, I did have an inspiration for it. Just because you don't share those feelings does not make it any less important to me. It is still art, just like any other deviation on this entire site. Honestly, your sarcasm and meaningless ridiculing of my art does not make you look like a better person, nor does it do anything to change my opinion. Like I said, if you like this photo and think it deserves a DD, go ahead, I won't even try to stop you. However, that also means that I should be allowed to feel otherwise, and to express that opinion, as long as I am not rude about it. I, for one, was not rude, or at least tried to come off as being polite. If it looked as if my intentions were different, I sincerely apologize. Nonetheless, I do not think it was right of you to browse through my gallery simply to make a disrespectful accusation.
I would appreciate it if we could now set aside our differences, and perhaps simply share in the fact that this is an art community, and it is inevitable that people will have different opinions.
I don't know... the title 'Saint' combined with how skinny he is, and the marks on his face, and the stone wall behind him, reminded me of concentration camp martyrs (martyrs specifically, because of the title, but also the halo-like square behind his head.)
The description isn't really cryptic at all, by the way... It's a kind of camera (I'm guessing the kind the photographer used.)
It also is placed in the 'traditional darkroom' category, so I'm presuming that's really the process behind this photo; that's a process that takes at least 5-10 minutes. Just saying.
I think it's a cool photo. It has a curious and mesmerizing sort of appeal to it, and it makes the viewer ask himself questions about what the context of the photo might be. I don't think people should insult DDs unless they are absolutely professional in the category of the work being featured. There's just no reason to diss an artist's work when it gets a DD. They didn't ask for it.