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Abandoned Mansion somewhere in Europe

©Matthias Haker 2013
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Critique by KillerKiona Jan 12, 2013, 6:06:45 AM
First off, this is an amazing photo, job well done.

The atmosphere of the photo feels quite welcoming despite that the surroundings are abandoned. It really draws me into the photo. Taunting me to explore more and more of the mansion.

The colors in the photo are what I think makes it such a great piece of art. The lighting too is also done well. Nothing is too dark, nor is anything too bright. It gives off a warm aura even though decay is all around.

Having the piano positioned where it is in the photo catches the eye and also including the sliding doors leading to another room shows the different atmospheres of the mansion.

It honestly reminds me of an Alice In Wonderland theme.
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Having read the previous critique, it was mentioned that this piece has an Alice in Wonderland like theme. I can definitely see that within the doors and the next room over. The abandoned feel is really hypnotizing and really draws me in. It makes me wonder more about the story behind this piece. I want to know more. What can you tell me? The lighting is really well done and you captured the look of the piece rather well. Please ignore my icon. I'm just interested in German history, but I will be changing it after I post this citique.
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thundertwinkies Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
I would have definitely snagged that piano.Teh Piano Lessons  
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valentinkoch Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolute awesome. So talented. The critiques of some noop "artists" here can be ignored. Here is no critique necessary.
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MangaHimeDollHeart Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this shot is my favorite! this is sooooo beautiful!:heart:
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BuuckPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional Photographer
The piano looks so unharmed :D
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
You've been featured here -> [link] :)
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SoulsOfTearDrops Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student General Artist
It's sad how such a beautiful piano has been abandoned
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BlackSheep6 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My God, how can people leave a piano to decay like that?! :omfg: The photo itself is beautiful but the piano makes it somewhat tragic.. I don't know, maybe it's just the fact that I've been playing for half my life now and yet can't afford an actual huge black monster piano to have at home.
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Jakey101 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Student Photographer
Wonderful shot. The house looks very old and run down, yet the piano looks relatively new and not as dirty as the rest of the house. Is there a reason for that, or is it just the way you found it?
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adehodges Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
very evocative - blogged at [link]
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turtlemelon17 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Incredibly beautiful!
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redbossfan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
This is hauntingly beautiful. The light, the atmosphere - everything fits. Makes me wonder who used to live there and why the place was abandoned like this. Very well captured.
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Masiele Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Great! So beautiful colour! :D
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Michela-Riva Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
Hi Matthias :) you've been featured in #VenatoresLucis 's "Weekly Light Hunters #47":
[link]
Greetings!!! :clap:
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daaththeabyss Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013
a place for gothic musical videos :D
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katsabrat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Sorry...meant to say HDR
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katsabrat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like the light in this photo. Did you use HDE at all? Very Cool:)
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Matthias-Haker Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Photographer
Yes, I did use HDR here ;)
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katsabrat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I like it. HDR can really enhance and bring out the shadows if used right! Good job:)
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aeroartist Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful tone. what a great find!
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meoki-h Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I wanna know the history. :<
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meoki-h Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
oOOPS sorryyy i read about the info's about abandoned places, i understand!! i also see the beauties in them =)
sorry bout it! I just got curious (since its like a theme for a horror movie, i love horrorr! XD) so yeah i respect!! it. ^.^
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JessilynAllenDilla Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
it always saddens me to see once a great and wonderful home become rundown i cant help but think of all the memories it once held and if anyone that had lived there would feel if they saw its current state
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Polyfawn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
All these old, abandoned building and homes, it make curious to the story of why these places became abandoned in the first place.
Did the person or persons run out of money? Did they no longer have the means to up keep it?

That being said I've also seen where people just have no care for the home they're in. We had people destroy my grandparents old house, and when we finally got it back it was ruined for good. And it was such a cozy home before all that.
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jojo8jojo2 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
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Yunimori Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
...it makes me sad to see things that someone could be getting use out of just sitting there and decaying. *sigh*
The photo itself is beautiful, but the utter -waste- of things like that piano and the cabinet in the other room just bothers me.
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segura2112 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love this, but I would love to know how the piano is in much better shape than the rooms. Thank You
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Artworks-Robinia Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
realy good and nice
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mermaidapril Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
i wanna play the piano so bad...
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adehodges Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Summons conflicting emotions. There's something evocative about faded ruins but they're sad too when you think of the faded/damned elegance of this obviously once fine house, and then you have the incongruity of what looks to be a piano in good condition. I love the light, warmed by the peach curtains and the general composition. Thanks for sharing.
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emos-at-JTHM Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
I always get sad when I see a piano, all alone in an abandoned place- or even in any house where no one can play it. Maybe it's just because I play the instrument, but I just feel like a piano without a player is like a body without a heart.
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Voltor07 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a bit eerie, actually. That piano seems so out of place, like it was just put there. The rest of the house is falling apart, but the piano is in almost new condition, not even dusty!
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CromarK Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Why would anyone abandon that piano D:
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Amazing!
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TitansFighter01 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
This reminds me of my great uncle's old house. It laid abandoned for years. The piano looks newer than everything else around it though.
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Mununsah Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
even with the absence of the home owners, the music from the dust-liddened piano still plays.
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Yuukon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
Can I ask where in Europe?
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
What really struck me about this photo was how shiny and clean the piano looks in comparison to the decay around it! :iconpianoplz:
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beyond-oblivion Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist
It seems someone may come in and play it regularly because it seems a little too well kept.
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013   Digital Artist
very nice shot. Good work with the colors
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lolenslooker Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Very nice photo, the contrast of old and new, and photo contrast, is very good, great subject matter.
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Izzy-Frog Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know why but this scene make me feel so melancholic !! =w=
I love it so much it's looks so full of memories !!
Don't think ? x)
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AmelieChaton Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Absolutely wonderful1 :)
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KevinBrownArt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
cool lighting
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CoyoteofGtown Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful photo
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Garuru-senpai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
i have a feeling this mansion was burned before....... (i love how u took this *O* so pretty)
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Mycodelic Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful!
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PastaCakeVe Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful
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sarazooey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
fantastic! :)
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mangaloverXD Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... I really, really want to have a go at that piano...
I want to know how it sounds like hahaha

I can just imagine a video being made here
A girl with a white dress
it'll make it seem like she's glowing among the ruins
or a black dress
that'll also fit well 8'DDD
and then
she'll be playing one of Chopin's Nocturnes <33333
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