brings up emotions in me, it's very striking. the second i saw the title i expected something of this sort, but not quite so realisitc, i was quite surprised. it's photographed very well, the lighting is dramatic the first two shots show something promising, and then you see the third shot and a sense of forboding sets in, you know something is wrong. the final shot shows whats you have been suspecting, that the phoenix wasn't able to rise up again and failed, as the title suggests. beginning a new life isn't always as easy as it seems
absolutely outstanding. the colors in this are superb. i like the way you arranged the composition as well. before i full-viewed i thought it was some sort of abstract manip, but it turns out there is actually a subject, and a good one. i like how i can sort of view this both ways. again, killer tones, textures, and composition...
Great little series. The color in the photos gives a creepy feeling.
I like the second shot, just because I don't know what the hell it is and it's intriguing.
I like the third shot because it really sets the mood for the final one.
My first thought was ... Oh my god he set that bird on fire!...then I read the description. Even though you say its just feathers, the imagination really fills in the missing bird parts from all the debris. I really like the 4 panels displayed that way, altho I am not a fan of titles on art except as watermarks for web posting.
I think this is a profound piece, and very skilled in execution. The details like the concentric rings around the "nest" really add poetry: the pattern of order in nature admist chaotic decay.
at first I thought this to be another manip of yours, not a photo series. What a way you have with your style, to transend it to photography as well. Great capture in a series of events, really get to feel the falling of a phoenix feel to it. Great work!
Amazing work... so deep. There's such a powerful message, it's macabre, but true to many aspects in life. I love how it is lain out into a series depicting the faliure at different stages, as the phoenix tries to break out but is too weak to survive the process.
The lighting gives a nice focus the rings that appear in torch light seem to surge from the egg itself. Fire in the first section gives off a quite sinister shadow... this is the stage where you expect it to then gain more momentum as the shining phoenix breaks out in proud glory but as your eye turns to the second part of the 'story' and see just a single, puny feather you can see that the series is going to take a darker twist. (I would expect the phoenix to push through beak first and spread out it's majestic wings, so to see a single tail feather (?) is quite a disappointment to what is expected.)
As the rest unfolds the effect is quite an anticlimax (to what is expected)... but there is still a powerful undercurrent.
The range of angles and the consistent but not too drastic movement from each scene gives a balanced composition which is then topped off with some nice textures used on the typo and symbol, although i'm not quite sure on the placement. I think it would have created a more effective look in a lighter area, and in the bottom panel maybe.
thanks for this great reply, you're probably right about the typo, the only reason that it's on the top is that these are actually 4 pages which I combined but I didn't feel like posting 4 photos because you'll lose the feeling of the whole again. But I might change it for this combined version. Thanks again.