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© Ashley Lebedev
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UploadedDecember 13, 2007
TakenDecember 10, 2007
Exposure1/100 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length41 mm
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I wanted to create a piece that symbolized a change in faith (perhaps even good to evil).

If you put your hand over half of the right side of her face (your right) she appears sad and melancholic with the visible part showing. But, if you put your hand over the left part of her face (your left) and view the visible half, the mood changes in her face, and she appears almost evil. I also used the backlight slowly creeping across her forehead to symbolize the change in mood by the light into darkness. I hope it relays to you as well.

Thank you for viewing. :)


111 responses

  • Barbara Caddy

    Barbara Caddy gave props (12 Dec 2007):

    Riviting~ spirtually invoking........ WOUNDERFUL, U R AMAZING

  • Nita Shaw

    Nita Shaw said (12 Dec 2007):

    Wow..Mysterious, sexy magical pose. I Love this one Ash.!!

  • miles larson

    miles larson said (12 Dec 2007):

    every picture i see is amazing! keep up the awesome work!

  • Hailey Bergsten

    Hailey Bergsten said (12 Dec 2007):

    This is another great picture! Excellent addition!

  • Dave

    Dave said (12 Dec 2007):

    this is a fabulous model and subject. and i love the lighting!

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (12 Dec 2007):

    Thank you all for your kind words :)

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (12 Dec 2007):

    A very different portrait.

  • Chris Stanley

    Chris Stanley said (12 Dec 2007):

    I continue to be amazed with the quality and depth of your work, absolutely awesome!

  • Tim Kruskamp

    Tim Kruskamp said (13 Dec 2007):

    Hi Ash! This image is exquisite! I love the tones and the mood it conveys. Excellent :)

  • paul moore

    paul moore gave props (13 Dec 2007):

    beautiful +1 vote

  • Konrad Ragnarsson

    Konrad Ragnarsson said (15 Dec 2007):

    Excellent photo and work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Glenn Brandenburg

    Glenn Brandenburg gave props (15 Dec 2007):

    Beautiful work

  • Carl DelFavero

    Carl DelFavero said (15 Dec 2007):

    Striking image. Got my vote.

  • Victor Ursabia

    Victor Ursabia said (15 Dec 2007):

    awesome pics ashley!

  • Scott Snider

    Scott Snider said (15 Dec 2007):

    Captivating shot. I love the tone and the variable focus. The tint really works well for this theme too, very ambiguous. I read about the left face/right face dichotomy a few years ago and sometimes will look at an image that way. Sometimes the results can be quite startling. Great work!

  • Joel Aron

    Joel Aron gave props (15 Dec 2007):

    Hauting and beautiful. The painterely tone, and layer after layer add so much to this. The composition is brilliant, and lets your eye soak it all in. very nice!!

  • Ognjen Karabegović

    Ognjen Karabegović said (15 Dec 2007):

    Exelent work.
    Fantastic light.
    Provocative photo.
    Fantastic expression on her face!!!

  • Jorge Reyes

    Jorge Reyes gave props (15 Dec 2007):

    Beautiful eyes, they draw you in.

  • Ray Ordinario

    Ray Ordinario said (15 Dec 2007):

    very haunting... i keep coming back to look at it. great work.

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (15 Dec 2007):

    Thank you to all :)

  • Marcelo Prieto Moffat

    Marcelo Prieto Moffat gave props (15 Dec 2007):

    Great portrait, thanks for adding me as a contact. greetings.

  • jimo trust

    jimo trust said (15 Dec 2007):

    love the mood dor this image...great capture ashley

  • Christopher Greenwood

    Christopher Greenwood said (15 Dec 2007):

    Wonderfully spooky....Love it!

  • Dag S

    Dag S (Deleted) said (16 Dec 2007):

    Absolutely breathtaking, Ashley!

  • Dale Frazier

    Dale Frazier said (16 Dec 2007):

    Oustanding work. I am very pleased to see someone put so much effort into this assignment. This image has it all, excellent composition, dramatic lighting, and a really good sense of mood for the image to covey teh story you intended. Keep up the awesome work.
    Dale Frazier

  • yiorgos kaplanidis

    yiorgos kaplanidis gave props (16 Dec 2007):


  • Coh

    Coh said (16 Dec 2007):

    " Wonderful By all means ' it does So capture the Heart Beat "
    ~ coh ~

  • shomil shah

    shomil shah said (16 Dec 2007):

    seriously brilliant! the 2 sides to her, the butterfly, the window.. makes for some eerie and beautiful brilliance.

  • Jorge Bernal

    Jorge Bernal gave props (16 Dec 2007):

    awesome and beautiful

  • mallatt mallatt1

    mallatt mallatt1 gave props (16 Dec 2007):

    This picture is beautiful. +1 Favorite

  • Nicolas Hall

    Nicolas Hall said (16 Dec 2007):

    Just an absolutely beautiful and emotive photo Ashley. While every aspect of it adds to that. . .it's really all in the eyes. . . I adore that quality.

  • Lina Palmerin

    Lina Palmerin said (17 Dec 2007):


  • Ratko Nedovic

    Ratko Nedovic gave props (17 Dec 2007):

    Great shot.

  • Sean-Michael Gettys

    Sean-Michael Gettys gave props (17 Dec 2007):

    This is amazing. Gave me goose bumps!

  • Anton Stocker

    Anton Stocker gave props (17 Dec 2007):

    Excellent stuff!

  • Scott Baker

    Scott Baker said (17 Dec 2007):

    Amazing -- Simply Amazing !!!!
    An instant and true classic in the deepest sense....
    Wonderful ~

  • John Beamish

    John Beamish said (17 Dec 2007):


  • Torsten Muehlbacher

    Torsten Muehlbacher said (17 Dec 2007):


  • Becky K

    Becky K gave props (17 Dec 2007):


  • Peter Coupe

    Peter Coupe gave props (17 Dec 2007):

    Terrific - love the eyes, very silent movie heroine.

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (17 Dec 2007):

    yes, I see that as well. gives me an idea for a whole collection...

  • n m

    n m said (18 Dec 2007):

    wonderfull photo

  • Terry D

    Terry D gave props (18 Dec 2007):

    very creative

  • Ricardo Geraldes

    Ricardo Geraldes said (19 Dec 2007):

    such a beautiful feeling of serenity
    amazing tones , just wonderfull

  • Benjamin Leong

    Benjamin Leong said (19 Dec 2007):


  • Paul Foguenne

    Paul Foguenne said (19 Dec 2007):

    This picture is truly superb.

  • Jacobz Johan

    Jacobz Johan gave props (19 Dec 2007):

    intense noir!

  • Keith Kamicar

    Keith Kamicar (Deleted) said (19 Dec 2007):

    Hi Ashley! Good to see you here too..! :) -- love the pic!

  • Howard Seelig

    Howard Seelig gave props (19 Dec 2007):


  • Kevin Eatinger

    Kevin Eatinger (Deleted) gave props (20 Dec 2007):

    Beautiful image! Great work here

  • wang xiaowen

    wang xiaowen said (20 Dec 2007):

    Love it! This is GREAT! You just make me look at it long time. :)

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson gave props (21 Dec 2007):

    Interesting concept and beautriful image. Yeah! It rocks!

  • Anthony Mingo

    Anthony Mingo gave props (21 Dec 2007):

    mGorgeous shot and great concept. I must adit that I find the evil side irresistable.

  • Donna McComas

    Donna McComas said (21 Dec 2007):

    Amazing treatment

  • Mark Lea

    Mark Lea said (24 Dec 2007):

    It has a melancholic mood, and evokes a sense of farewell like she is saying goodbye to something or someone? Lovely

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (24 Dec 2007):

    thank you all!
    to mark lea:
    yes, you are right. this is part of a series i did, and this piece was meant to symbolize falling from grace, and the transformation from both the inside, and outside. I wanted the window to be like she is now left on the outside of something she was once inside of, and I imagine her next steps would be pulling back from the window until no longer in view. :)
    Happy Holidays to everyone, btw.
    I love the JPG community. Great lot of artists. ;)

  • April Parker

    April Parker said (27 Dec 2007):

    You got my vote.
    Love how you captured the good and bad :)

  • ian link

    ian link said (28 Dec 2007):

    Excellent work! The amount of thought you put into the composition really shows - the photo is incredibly emotional! While I dont think her hand against the screen is very original, the rest of the composition more than makes up for it. Hope it gets in the magazine =)

  • seanie blue

    seanie blue gave props (28 Dec 2007):

    this is a fab piece of WORK. good job!

  • Wayne Bennett

    Wayne Bennett said (28 Dec 2007):

    I am totally absorbed by this image simpley fantastic shot.

  • Cody Hanu

    Cody Hanu (Deleted) gave props (29 Dec 2007):


  • vanessa rodriguez

    vanessa rodriguez gave props (1 Jan 2008):

    amazing.. i'm speechless..

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (1 Jan 2008):

    everyone- thank you immensely. :)
    hope all had a wonderful new year.

  • Glenda Madaris

    Glenda Madaris said (2 Jan 2008):

    Magical photo... You are very artistic!

  • fabio fazio

    fabio fazio said (2 Jan 2008):

    good shot

  • Daniel Martinez

    Daniel Martinez gave props (2 Jan 2008):

    A complete work of art! Compelling.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (3 Jan 2008):

    Great work! Gets my vote.

  • Jennifer Orlando

    Jennifer Orlando gave props (3 Jan 2008):

    Beautiful use of color and lighting.

  • Jeff Cochran

    Jeff Cochran gave props (4 Jan 2008):

    Great Shot

  • Ferlywana Widjaja

    Ferlywana Widjaja said (7 Jan 2008):

    love the consept....excellent shoot....

  • lindsay mccallum

    lindsay mccallum (Deleted) said (8 Jan 2008):

    Very very cool shot, excellent idea.

  • Marc Evans

    Marc Evans gave props (8 Jan 2008):

    Fabulous image. Love the Mix of light and dark

  • Gary Duffy

    Gary Duffy said (9 Jan 2008):

    this is a print I would love in a super size and framed.

  • Van Corey

    Van Corey said (9 Jan 2008):

    Nice, beautiful, mysterious.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (12 Jan 2008):

    Got my vote!! Riveting!!

  • Joe Ethridge

    Joe Ethridge said (14 Jan 2008):

    Bravo Ashley, Bravo!

  • John Keating

    John Keating gave props (15 Jan 2008):

    Awesome photo, the eyes seem to looking right through me. Wow!

  • Artem Nazarov

    Artem Nazarov (Deleted) said (17 Jan 2008):

    Hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (18 Jan 2008):

    Ashley, this is magic

  • Angela Mollura

    Angela Mollura gave props (18 Jan 2008):

    Very awe-inspiring ... it's an amazing shot, you've got my vote!

  • John Hastings

    John Hastings gave props (18 Jan 2008):

    Took me three views to even see the butterfly. Extremely captivating shot.

  • Gloria Simunic

    Gloria Simunic said (23 Jan 2008):

    Beautiful. Voted :P

  • oivind eknes

    oivind eknes gave props (23 Jan 2008):


  • clyde jones

    clyde jones said (25 Jan 2008):

    Outstanding work with your lighting. great stuff

  • Jeremy holmes

    Jeremy holmes said (25 Jan 2008):

    Great shot im sure this will be published.

  • Martin Hadley

    Martin Hadley gave props (25 Jan 2008):

    Outstanding image and you got my vote

  • Paul Themens

    Paul Themens said (26 Jan 2008):

    It is as if she was coming to get me and under some kind of trance. beautifully done.

  • Ellen Flynn

    Ellen Flynn (Deleted) said (26 Jan 2008):

    So beautiful...

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (27 Jan 2008):

    Thank you all so much... :)

  • Mariah Ellingson

    Mariah Ellingson gave props (1 Feb 2008):

    Beautiful Photo. :]

  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (2 Feb 2008):

    Just gorgeous! Gets my vote!

  • Jose Vásquez

    Jose Vásquez said (3 Feb 2008):

    yeah it rocks!! great job!

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (8 Feb 2008):


  • Coreesi

    Coreesi gave props (9 Feb 2008):

    You've got skills girl

  • Yuri Balakhanov

    Yuri Balakhanov gave props (15 Feb 2008):

    outstanding photo!!!

  • Massimo Valicchia

    Massimo Valicchia said (16 Feb 2008):

    Great sense o f mistery. Perfect colors.

  • Sean Hall

    Sean Hall said (21 Feb 2008):

    holy shit! ah!

  • Debbie Dancer

    Debbie Dancer gave props (21 Feb 2008):

    outstanding and hauntingly beautiful.

  • Daniel Go

    Daniel Go gave props (23 Feb 2008):


  • Sherry Davis Johnson

    Sherry Davis Johnson gave props (7 Mar 2008):

    Brilliant. Mission accomplished.

  • Martin Kristiansen

    Martin Kristiansen gave props (21 Mar 2008):

    Congratulations! With the Art Of Photography show :)

  • Adrian Rodriguez

    Adrian Rodriguez gave props (22 Mar 2008):


  • Gabriel Hernandez

    Gabriel Hernandez gave props (22 Mar 2008):

    Congratulation!!!! Have fun in San Diego!!!

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (23 Mar 2008):

    That's just great portrait

  • Ashley Lebedev

    Ashley Lebedev said (23 Mar 2008):

    Thank you all so much. :)
    The photo chosen is on JPG and is entitled: Her Last Hurrah. (The black and white of the burning abandoned building)
    Best to you all for your kind messages, and support.

  • Oscar Martinez

    Oscar Martinez gave props (8 Apr 2008):

    Fantastic work. Wow.

  • Elise Kihntopf

    Elise Kihntopf said (10 Apr 2008):

    You did a fantastic job creating exactly what you wanted. she is absolutely beautiful. you have an eye for what you do. Post more, I would love to see what else you can do.

  • david tonkin

    david tonkin said (20 Jul 2008):

    incredible, beautiful, moving, engaging, compelling and more. Love your photos.

  • Joerg Schlagheck

    Joerg Schlagheck gave props (16 Nov 2008):

    Great work!

  • Anthony Neste

    Anthony Neste (Deleted) gave props (16 Nov 2008):


  • Russ Wills

    Russ Wills gave props (10 Oct 2010):

    Great job

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