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© Fahd
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44 responses

  • Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן

    Gary Joseph Cohen כוהן (Deleted) gave props (25 Dec 2008):

    Odd and ambiguous, both reasons why I like this so much.

  • Adam Garland

    Adam Garland said (7 Jan 2009):

    Odd and ambiguous is right, I'm not sure how I feel about this one.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray said (12 Apr 2009):

    I need to understand the meaning of this photo, it appears as if the woman is the slave.

  • Fahd

    Fahd said (12 Apr 2009):

    @Sonia: I really don't see any slavish themes in the photograph, except the fact that she is sitting on the floor (granted, she's nude, but if a bowed head and nudity are equivalent to her being enslaved, then most of the erotica/nudes on jpg, flickr, etc. would amount to images of female slavery). For me, the mood I was trying to capture is equal parts introverted and isolated, both contemplative and melancholic. Surrounded by her library, completely absorbed in her book, she loses herself to her thoughts in the middle of the night...... something like that, anyway! What do you think?

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (13 Apr 2009):

    Thanks for the explanation Fahd, with your help I am able to see the mood you have created and appreciate it. Thank you.

  • Guna Dwi

    Guna Dwi gave props (14 Apr 2009):

    great B&W and portraiture

  • Sherry

    Sherry gave props (14 Apr 2009):

    at a glance,I assumed you meant her body is the home (for her soul)Voted

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (2 May 2009):

    Oh...Yeah! It rocks!

  • John Williamson

    John Williamson gave props (6 May 2009):

    Like it, voted.

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (14 May 2009):

    I thought maybe she was praying, laying herself bare before the Creator. In this act, then perhaps, she has successfully found a spiritual island or indeed maybe a whole archipelago. I think this photo is great just by the discussion it generates.

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (23 May 2009):

    Nice entry, my vote

  • Sara Elena

    Sara Elena gave props (7 Jun 2009):

    I understand this as a very impressive image of the womans loneliness...

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (17 Jun 2009):


  • Laura Fleming

    Laura Fleming gave props (17 Jun 2009):

    I can see myself being like her- besides all that- this is a lovely capture!

  • Devin Hayes

    Devin Hayes gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    Yes. It ROCKS!

  • Jamal Aridi

    Jamal Aridi (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    How very Tracey Emin..

  • Mark G.

    Mark G. (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    A most excellent and for some reason calming image.. great work!

  • Howard Grill

    Howard Grill said (27 Jun 2009):

    very cool shot

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (8 Jul 2009):

    Nice B&W---Art need not be explained--just interpreted

  • minkaTools

    minkaTools said (8 Jul 2009):

    i don't see enslaved, praying, or anything like isolation. i see freedom and liberation, comfort in your own skin, enjoying your habitat. what you were striving for might have been more evident through facial expression or maybe through a more telling background? i like what you've done as a portrait; allowing each viewer to interpret as they may. thanks for sharing!

  • Melody Golden

    Melody Golden (Deleted) gave props (8 Jul 2009):

    Great photo.I enjoy reading naked.I see only a woman enjoying herself.

  • Fahd

    Fahd said (17 Jul 2009):

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts! You don't see this sort of dialogue often on JPG - I'm flattered.

    @minka: sometimes, isolation and liberation are not mutually exclusive :)

  • D. Treiber

    D. Treiber said (18 Jul 2009):

    I'd be interested to see this from another angle in order to see the book while the archipelago remained in view. could just be because she's so close to the left side of the frame and the light in the upper right third is beaming down on her that i think it does end up looking more slavish than meditative. Nonetheless, very cool image.

  • Knopka Bronko

    Knopka Bronko (Deleted) said (21 Jul 2009):

    I completely agree with JamesHarmon McQuilkin art don't need to be explained. Beautiful composition and light and first of all woman and mood you captured here. just wow!

  • Dan Richards

    Dan Richards (Deleted) said (21 Jul 2009):

    At first I was not too sure about this image. But then I started noticing the discussion it has generated, and started to read them. Art should never force a view, but should drive the viewer to precieve a view from the art. This image has done just that.

    I have noticed that its effect on the viewers has made some like me unsure, some saw slavery, some saw freedom, and others other views. That is art, that ability.

    Excellent in its own accomplishment.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (22 Jul 2009):

    I think the title has confused a few of us but as James said, creativity and art need not neccesary be explained in depth!........(voted)

  • M A A Q

    M A A Q gave props (24 Jul 2009):

    Fantastic b&w , Voted

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case said (25 Jul 2009):

    I am completely on-board with Dan Richards' comments. Our photography should excite and engage on as many levels as it can, creating reaction, reflection, and discussion. This shot motivates that whether it's good or not...whatever that definition is. As Dan so perfectly says, "Excellent in its own accomplishment."

  • Fahd

    Fahd said (26 Jul 2009):

    I completely agree with you, Rob: Dan put it best.

    I don't think I or anyone else here has tried to 'explain' the image, as if the photograph had a single truth to it. I do think, however, that the various 'interpretations' that have been advanced here have allowed all to explore the various dimensions of this photograph in great detail, in ways that might not have been possible for each of us alone. I think this difference between a single explanation and multiple interpretations is an extremely important one: it is this difference that made this discussion possible, and it is this discussion that has enriched the above photograph in so many unexpected ways.

    Thank you, one and all.

  • Valérie Desrochers

    Valérie Desrochers said (28 Jul 2009):

    have my vote!

  • E. Rosas

    E. Rosas gave props (31 Jul 2009):

    what can i say??? ... Excellent!!! Got my vote!!!

  • Klas Falk

    Klas Falk gave props (1 Aug 2009):


  • Camille Javal

    Camille Javal gave props (6 Aug 2009):

    AMAZING!!! A Picasso painting comes to mind. Very brilliant! Nothing needs to be changed in my opinion. Simplistic, lovely, and irresistibly so.

  • MicheleMitrovich

    MicheleMitrovich (Deleted) gave props (18 Aug 2009):

    Beautiful and very interesting work! Definitely "yes"!

  • Roberto Noto

    Roberto Noto gave props (30 Aug 2009):

    perfect shadow shot !!!

  • John Shanahan

    John Shanahan   gave props (2 Sep 2009):

    Wonderful, love rthe composition.

  • Cjor

    Cjor said (6 Sep 2009):

    Another nice shot, those bumps on the spine are nice.

  • Jay Olson-Goude

    Jay Olson-Goude gave props (10 Sep 2009):

    Very nice!


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (20 Sep 2009):

    nice contrast. good shot.

  • ((pigotta08))

    ((pigotta08)) said (28 Sep 2009):


  • Dale Veach

    Dale Veach said (26 Oct 2009):

    I like this shot. The contrastiness, the slight grainy texture and the overall composition. It's lighted nicely and invokes a calm, tranquil and sedate image. I'm just trying to figure out how or why this fits into a gender role? I'm not getting anything in the scene overly a female "role" other than the model which could have been male and still evoke the same sense or mood in the picture. For me the room has a more "male" tone to it in the selection of fuxtures and furnishings. For me I get the meditative state of the subject and the scene...very peaceful and quiet. Someone alone but really not alone in her surroundings. It's very well done! Good job!

  • Esra Akcasu

    Esra Akcasu said (4 Nov 2009):

    I agree with the comments saying that this photo is odd and ambigous. I don't know why, maybe because at first sight I saw a giant old face in the mirror watching her (and it is not actually:-)) but very well done, congrats!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (18 Jul 2010):


  • Daniel Anzola

    Daniel Anzola gave props (18 Aug 2012):

    This is great. I love the shadows here

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