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The Dark Side of Life

The Dark Side of Life
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Copyright: Robert Smith (bobsmith) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 499 W: 360 N: 126] (1886)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2015-08-24
Categories: Daily Life
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-24 12:50
Viewed: 1060
Points: 10
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I belong to a small local camera club and one of the competition subjects is "the dark side". My idea is this and I call it "the dark side of life".
I chose black and white because I thought it was a bit more raw and gritty.
I'm keen for all thoughts, comments and critiques.

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  • artabb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 34 N: 182] (3637)
  • [2015-08-24 13:05]

Robert, you couldn't have depicted any more eloquently the "dark side" of life and you were able to underline it with the B&W representation. It's a strong picture that speaks louder than any word. Congratulations

Have to agree - a strong image presented in a way to achieve the maximum impact. Although the subject matter is a little dark in nature the photography has been handled okay although if I had to nit pick I'd say something about the softness in the hand. Well executed but disturbing.

Hello Robert,
Fantastic meaningful photography. I would say "Well executed AND disturbing!". It is all there: the composition, the equipment, the small streak of blood from the puncture showing where the vein is, the background, the tattoo. This image needs no explanation. It speaks for itself. Perhaps the spirit flame used to melt the substance, I think they do that, would have been a good inclusion but not a necessity at all. Congratulations!


Your interpretation of "the dark side of life", always interesting to see an interpretation
Despite the stereotype "Tattooed people are junkies" I have spent time reading that scene.
Spontaneously, I did not like it, but I wanted to try to understand your reasoning.
I understood. But I still do not like your interpretation.
The tourniquet and spoon lacks credibility. Where's the blood ?
I just like the b&w and the use of vignette.
No, I'm not sorry about my opinion. You're here for that, right ?

Hi Robert,
A good monochrome choice with limited elements yet getting the story out and the title very fitting and true to life. A very worrying scenario especially when one has young children.

Bom dia Robert,
One of your strongest and most dramatic shots approaching one thorny theme.
The use of black and white was indeed right for the narrative.
That hand that looks like a crayon drawing is unique.

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