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The Communist Spirit by Matthias-Haker The Communist Spirit by Matthias-Haker
Abandoned Communist Monument somewhere in Europe.

©Matthias Haker 2013
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The fact that the logo of the Party is the only thing left from the past which is recognizable gives a special poignancy to this Urbex shot. Here, the hubris of human ideology is seen in the wider context of an enormous Universe with infinite time to wear down the premise of any world-conquering urge.

Interestingly, the colors of the logo are reflected in rust and graffiti in a way that would be hard to plan, but ends up having quite painterly qualities.

The circularity of the Amphitheater shape really ties the overall geometry of the piece and gives the logo an 'eye-in-the-sky', godlike quality...yet all 'It' sees is ruin!
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The wide lens brings in such a vast view! I love the warmth in your photographs, with the shadows still being cooling with blues. It has a nice complementary effect to it. I also like how my eyes go directly to the logo in the center of the ceiling.

The only thing I would worry about is that the center of that floor is a little soft, and since it's at about the same distance as the party logo I feel like it should be just as sharp even if it's not the visual focal point.

I always enjoy your work and look forward to your next crop of photos!
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XXXPIMPMASTERXXX Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  New Deviant Student Writer
The last time I remember it was somewhere in Bulgaria. :flagofbulgaria: :BGflag:  Back then, The country used be communist until 1990.
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BlueButterBasket Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Student General Artist
i like this type of abandoned, urban, almost abandoned metro-station-esque stuff
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AmericanOfficer Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014
Communism, it just never works.

....Red bastards. 
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CreeppingDeath Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Student Digital Artist
yes indeed
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sukakumat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
marvelous 
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sakpalamey Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shit. Wins a DD for me.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
"...And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."


--- Mary Shelly, "Ozymandias", second half. 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
How very fitting. :)

Of course, as a Yank, I'd have gone with "Eat it, ya Red bastards!"
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Will-of-the-spurr Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
I have always found American attitudes to the left wing strange... after all, both ideologies are centred around the removing of oppression, aren't they?
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
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Gwangelinhael Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I put this beautiful picture in my journal : Exostism, second journey
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menapia Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Brilliant picture, I've actually read about how this place was built, apparently every communist party member in Bulgaria was docked money to contribute towards the cost.  It's like that poem by Percy Byshe Shelley "Ozymandias" "Look upon my works ye mighty and despair" about a shattered royal statue in Egypt, here you have a ruin  left behind by the old communist empire.
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DTS3ds Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Photographer
Very impressive
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ultimatede Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
awesome work!
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SUDOR Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
Your picture is featured here fav.me/d70rywk
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3rdwheeler Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a gorgeous shot and building!
I came across photos of this building on another site and was immediately reminded of this shot, which thankfully I had faved and could confirm that it was the same building :)
The writing around the party logo says 'Proletarians of the world unite!' if anyone was curious. 
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LadyLidah Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
cool & interesting :)
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aragan45 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Student Photographer
amazing
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madmadman01 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013   General Artist
hah, nice:) (Smile)
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Art123444 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Fantastic work!  I'm new to this site and you really impressed me!  Sad that this really caught my attention as out government in the US is heading down this road as pictured.  I lived in Italy for 7 years back in the '90's and recognized some of the places you've worked.  You're awesome!  Thanks for the thrill.

Mike
Gatlinburg Signs
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MaliMinki Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Where is this ?
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EdenianPrince Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015
Bulgaria. 
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TheBlueWalrus Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
This is the Buzludzha Monument. It is located in Bulgaria.
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Bullcross Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Now I know exactly where you can find this. But since the authour wants us to stay silent, I will not say :3
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aminedehane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Inbox Pleaaaaaaaaaaase
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Bullcross Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, the authour forbade; plus, you can figure it out quite easily
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mimz999 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
wow I can read it "пролетарии от всички страни съединявайте се!".. is this somewhere in bulgaria?
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meraki1 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
ne si chuvala za Buzludja?
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invisigoth88 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yes!
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Phillipzu Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
D:
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animatedastronaut Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
Holy shit, people, it's a fucking beautiful picture.
Just shut up and stare at it. It's beautiful.
This has nothing to do with ideals, why are we having a debate.
Look at the pretty picture, damn it!
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Zelma1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
bulgaria ;)
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AXItheImmortal Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013   Photographer
oh that's in Bulgaria :la: really nice capture : )
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Alex-Szayel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
Following the logic of what we see in this photo the progressive mankind must destroy the pyramids in Egypt because they were built on the orders of the Pharaohs who cruelly exploited the people of Kemet. Oh, those human inferiority complexes ...

It is necessary to restore this amazing building.
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Trolovski Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
After reading many stupid comments from Bulgarians, I would almost love for this place to be completely vandalized (what is left of it), and even happier if it was done by foreign tourists. But I am afraid that even that wouldn't show them :/
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BLagumup Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Soviet circus. Show ended
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Grumpydrawer Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's sad in a way. How such an impressive building has been abondoned to the sands of time.
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ReachingFlames Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Photographer
Nice location, easy photo, too much processing, my thoughts!
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griffonmeister Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist
Nice work. I can understand your comments in the journal too. Agree.
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mayat-s Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wow :clap:
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EvaPolly Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Featured here: [link] :sun:
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RealUprightMan Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, I think the comments have deviated ever so slightly from the photograph; but ignoring the conspiracy theorists and nutters, I love the wide-angle, the colours and the framing!
Clearly the content has a cultural impact also, which has obviously spurred a discourse in the comments section; and isn't that one of the intentions of art?

Great stuff!
Would love to shoot places like this one day!
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Timelastforever Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing Matthias, as always!
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ArtChicken144 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
that has a true beauty
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lomatic Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Just amazing locations that you find .Great shot!
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Stichflamme Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
WOW!
this has really a big impact.
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TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Wirklich klasse Foto :D
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tasloi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
holy shit!!!
that's AWSOME
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