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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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AmericanOfficer Featured By Owner 1 day ago  New member
Communism, it just never works.

....Red bastards. 
sukakumat Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Shit. Wins a DD for me.
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. 
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!"
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?
SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Gwangelinhael Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I put this beautiful picture in my journal : Exostism, second journey
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.
DTS3ds Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Very impressive
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