Okay. So, why am I writing a critique for a photo that is actually perfect? Well, there is actually one simple reason - critiques appear in my watchers inbox and this photo deserves every single tiny bit of attention possible.
Maybe I start off by saying how much I admire your dedication. As we all got taught by our parents, never ever walk over lakes or rivers when the water is frozen, even if the ice looks thick and as if it won't break. but nevertheless, you walked up there, standing right in the middle of a crack, risking that you could fall into the water. kudos to that, I am more than impressed.
besides that, the photo itself is excellent. marvelous. perfect. and I hardly ever say that. but this is perfection (to me). I just love everything about it, from the silhouette on the ice to the film-like tones. they all add so much to this simple but relevant concept. I've been following your art for quite some time now and I've always admired you for taking photos of so much relevance. you grasp your emotions, fears, thoughts and feelings and put them into a photo which we often, if not always, can relate to. and you don't even use much of equipment for that, your photos appear simple but have the right impact nevertheless.
right now, I am shaking a little. this photo actually moved me, made me smile, but, as I said, also makes me shiver a little. maybe it is because it looks so cold, but maybe also because the emotion is so clear and tangible. but also because it reminds me of how I should be out there taking photos. I have been such a lazy little tramp lately and it makes me feel sick. thank you, Adrian. thank you for inspiring and motivating not just me to go out there and express ourselves. you are an amazing artist and I can't put into words how much I value you. keep shootin'!
Wow. It has been a VERY long time since I have CRIED by looking at a picture.
First of all... I don't know if it was the photo or the setting that gravitated me to look at this piece of art, but what I do know, is that IT had brought ME here. You might have not noticed, but you have successfully touched the hearts and minds of many people. I don't see a person standing on ice. I see a human with a predicament. Or maybe.......I saw myself. I know my life story isn't all that good, but I've heard many different stories that are worse than mine. I sit in my chair, with the blinking cursor on my screen, trying to convey this experience into words. I don't think anyone has told an better story of my life, by this picture of you, standing on that ice. Hurt, confounded.........Stress. You have all the reason to be proud.
Now the visual...
Hey, you have to admit. I wouldn't be staring at a picture sobby eye'd for nothing. That ice you are standing on is also part of the credit for this emotion.The position of the model is perfectly placed at the fault point. Once ice starts a crackin' with that one extra push, thats when the whole building comes toppling over. I absolutely love anything Arctic. I'm not sure how you were able to keep that tripod standing. But I can tell that the photo was pointed slightly downward. That was a great move there, even if it was a mistake. Great setting. And overall amazing courage. I honestly have only seen something like this once or twice. Keep up the amazing work!