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February 8, 2013
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Jan 26, 2013, 11:25:16 AM
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Waiting for better days by Matthias-Haker Waiting for better days by Matthias-Haker
Abandoned castle somewhere in Europe

©Matthias Haker 2013
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I didn't see that you requested a critique so I cut it short haha. But I also like how the windows sit in between two semi-ellipses, giving the piece a lateral movement. The shape of the room allows the windows, through perspective, to funnel the viewer towards the focal point, or rather dual focal points(the chairs). I like the use of complimentary color, red and green. And the green around the focal point lets you settle there, while the red around the green agitates the eye and leads you there. The texture is also very pleasing. I also like how the brick on either side frames the piece. And again in the upper left, green vines, and on the upper right, red stone, a nice complimentary juxtaposition. I am not a photographer myself but I hope this critique is sufficing to a photographer of your caliber.
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Hello there, Matthias!

I'm sure waiting for better days will not bring this castle back to life. It's a totally abandoned castle, once full of luxury and valor. T'was a beautiful castle to look at. When I look back in time, it was beautiful and splendorous. But now, when we look at reality, it now looks like an abandoned place, filled with dust, rubble and debris, like if a part of the castle collapsed. The chairs may have been remade today if someone was interested in buying it. If the castle was restored it would have been splendorous still today. I love this photo and especially the little sepia tone makes it look like from the 60s. I hope you take more photos of abandoned buildings and I'm sure if I look back in time, it would have been beautiful.
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Kaszlica Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made me cry ;_;
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
It upsets me that such places are allowed to become dilapidated...
lifeless-dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is simply beautiful. I'm lost for words. The colours and the way the rust embrace them in this picture gives it a sense of depth that is indescribable. This here is a stunning representation of how life used to be in the good old days and you have captured every detail.
Jenna7777777 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Those chairs are just sitting there all lonely... :(
clarax78 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, your pictures are all awesome !! o_o
I will try to enter an abandoned sanatorium soon, and i just want to ask you something : do you always use HDR techic for all your pictures ?
ScottMan2th Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
whispered threads of long ago
linger still, yet almost wounded
sleeping dust and shafts of light
darkness weaves her pretty dreams
Bantico Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really pretty!
thobiasxxx Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
fuckinnng hell
PsychChameleon Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
A truly awe inspiring piece showing the calmness of .

Telling by the total decay in the area and the electrical wiring used, I would almost say that this castle was built between the late seventeen hundreds to early eighteen hundreds.

This is a very beautiful area indeed.
You captured the splendor of it's beauty perfectly, and for that, I thank you Matthias
StarlightAngel-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm curious, have parts of these abandoned places been refurbished a little? such as furniture? I would think with the amount of rubble the furniture would appear more disintegrated. Not that I'm an expert in how things age =P
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