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© Christopher Griesé
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UploadedDecember 3, 2010
TakenDecember 1, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D700
Exposure1/400 sec at f/3.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length105 mm
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Sag Harbor, NY

I'm always fascinated by what people bring to an image like this on their own. I'd very much like to hear your own immediate, gut reaction to this image upon first time viewing, particularly the story that comes to mind for you.

Here are a few immediate reactions & comments I've received in person, which so far have been wonderfully varied, depending on where each person is coming from.

â—™ My wonderfully crazy & childlike (woman) friend's immediate reaction was: "Wow! That's scary! Why? She has a beautiful face, but she looks like a rape victim, lying on the ground like that."

â—™ Another fascinating gut response, from my writer/artist (woman) friend: "Just like Beatrix LeStrange after she lost Voldemort ... she's totally desolate. Something happened, and she's feeling lost & angry at the same time. She's evil, but she loved him. She's a strong woman, a powerful woman ... not a victim."

â—™ "Why does this make me think of a Greek tragedy? ... She reminds me of the seeress Cassandra....doomed to always see the truth and never be believed..."

Other comments:
â—™ "Wow, she looks like an Undead or a Zombie ... either that or a heroin addict!"

â—™ "She could be a mermaid, washed up and stranded on the beach, maybe trying to reach her human lover?"

â—™ "She looks like Susan Sarandon ..."

Please add your own reaction in the comments below :D

This model is amazing & a joy to work with She was totally down with getting wet & dirty on a chilly, damp, drizzly December morning, and like a true Aquarius, seemed to really enjoy running around the beach naked! LOL

24 responses

  • did R

    did R said (2 Dec 2010):

    Good work

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P   gave props (3 Dec 2010):

    every time that I see it, I got different reaction or interpretation. So nice, Great DOF.

  • Kiesha Cowan

    Kiesha Cowan said (3 Dec 2010):

    This is so beautiful and powerful, she looks like she has just lost the love of her life.

  • J.C. Collier

    J.C. Collier gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    All washed up... nice shot too.

  • Michael Franco

    Michael Franco gave props (6 Dec 2010):

    The intolerance of the world can deteriorate the purest of souls. Her eyes hunger for help. I love this image!!

  • Matthew Ibbs

    Matthew Ibbs said (6 Dec 2010):

    Wonderful photo. My reaction was that she seems to be saying "I'll never forgive you!"
    I wonder what I did to her?

  • PabloPolo

    PabloPolo gave props (26 Dec 2010):


  • Donna Beeler

    Donna Beeler said (2 Jan 2011):

    She looks lost and desperate about ready to give up on life. Very powerful shot.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (15 Apr 2011):

    A beautiful photo. I feel passion in the image.

  • Chris Jennings

    Chris Jennings said (22 Apr 2011):

    Great portrait. it made me think of being washed up on a deserted island, like Robinson Crusoe, although obviously she is not him.

  • Terry Williams

    Terry Williams gave props (9 May 2011):

    Beautiful. It brings to mind, being shipwreaked on a bench.

  • K C

    K C gave props (27 Jun 2011):

    I think she looking at her lover. I find it a very sexy look, bravo!

  • Francesco Tiso

    Francesco Tiso said (12 Sep 2011):

    MAN THIS IS GREAT!!!! BRAVO!!! This Picture Looks Like A Movie Scene!! ;-)

  • Cheryl Black

    Cheryl Black gave props (4 Mar 2012):

    Stunningly desolate - exquisite.

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case gave props (8 May 2012):

    An interesting range of reactions... I too immediately thought of Susan Sarandon and that she's a survivor of some sea disaster. Outside of the technical excellence of this photo (composition, depth of field, tone and texture) what makes this a fantastic photo is the way Dori is looking at your camera. It's as if she is looking at each one of us singularly, and that's probably why each one of us has such a different reaction. Well done to the both of you!

  • Robert Case

    Robert Case said (8 May 2012):

    A follow-up comment to what I just posted. After my initial reactions to this picture my "particular story" went on in classic Hollywood fashion; I help her to my beachside cabin where she warms up by a fire...as her tempertaure rises the passion does too....etc...etc...etc. A captivating look by a stunningly beautiful woman in a well crafted picture - spiced by the words you use in last paragraph of your description. Call me if you need an assistant or if you need someone to pose with her - I can easily rearrange my schedule....

  • Costantino Tuccori

    Costantino Tuccori gave props (13 May 2012):


  • Vincent J. DeSanto

    Vincent J. DeSanto gave props (20 May 2012):

    Exceptionally well done, very beautiful, B&W is a great choice with just a hint of Sepia. Love it, got my vote.

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (28 May 2012):


  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (30 May 2012):

    She collapsed in a torrent of raw emotion and this is afterwards as she slowly pulls herself back together and begs you with her eyes to help her understand why life is so unfair. Great work!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (30 May 2012):

    My gut reaction: A stunning and haunting image that will remain with me!

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (30 May 2012):


  • Massimo Bardelli

    Massimo Bardelli   gave props (1 Jun 2012):

    Beautiful work!

  • D. Smetana

    D. Smetana gave props (9 Oct 2012):

    I am more of the 'strong woman, beaten down, picking self back up' group. Great photo, great emotion.

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