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Styx by Phoenixstamatis Styx by Phoenixstamatis
The river Styx carrying the dead

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EDIT: Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and many favs - I never imagined I would get at DD for this! It was a delight to wake up to!

Thank you ^pullingcandy for featuring me, and thanks to =TheAppleScientist and =dragonfly-oli for suggesting me!
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Given 2011-12-29
Styx by =Phoenixstamatis ( Suggested by TheAppleScientist and Featured by pullingcandy )
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I really like this Piece! The dumping ground for bodies.
It feels like it would be the beginning of a movie.
Really drawing you in to the scene. Reminding you of how it feels to be submerged in water. When I see this i can hear the sound of water. But it's not cheery with birds chirping in the background, it's the endless dripping of echoing water. The lighting is just perfect too. All attention is on the bodies. Yet You still see the creeping fog on the top.
This photo tells a story. I love it a lot.
Well done :)
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48 out of 50 deviants thought this was fair.

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Critique by anzlo Dec 27, 2011, 9:48:00 AM
This is such a stunning work; great job!
I think that overall the best thing about it is the shock value and the resulting mood which is very well established; the overall feel is some macabre combination of darkness and death with light and the purity of life and water. Despite the despair conveyed through the floating, abandoned corpses, the clear water adds a touch of coldness and brings to mind the contrasting concepts of cleanliness, and even a baptism of sorts. It is this contrast that really makes the image for me in terms of concept.
Technically it is very good, too. Normally a crooked horizon would detract from an image, but here it contributes to the darkness of the scene by mimicking the slanted angles of a horror film. The wide depth of field is a little distracting with the landscape, because the landscape in the background might steal some of the attention from the bodies; some of the lighter parts of the background stand out and draw the eye away from the corpses as well, though not so much that it's too distracting. Also having at least one more body far in the background might have evened it out a bit; odd numbers in visual compositions draw the eye and a third would hint at others, suggesting there are more and more bodies in this river other than just these two; however this is a fairly minor issue.
All in all it's a really original horror/macabre piece that tells a great story and really pulls the viewer in and makes them think. Excellent work!
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Saramistretta94 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  New Deviant
Love this one.
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:iconmrs-durden:
Mrs-Durden Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Your amazing work has been featured here: Group Spotlight v.8 :heart:
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ProjetFMR Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Photographer
Reminds me a little of Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison's work. You are very talented. Nice vision.
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, I'm very honored for that comparison! They are amazing! Thanks a lot for that compliment!
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giovannidallorto Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014
A bit creepy, but definitely powerful: a punch in my eyes.
After all you are right, soon or late we shall all float down that indifferent river towards Avernus, where "nox est perpetua una dormienda"...
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the comment! And yes, at some point we all gotta go!
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:iconabravewolf:
abravewolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Professional Photographer
Sooo creepy... cool.
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! And good you find it creepy ;)
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:iconabravewolf:
abravewolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Professional Photographer
You're welcome! I find it creepy in deed. Now that I think about it, it even feels like those moments in life when everything just happens the wrong way, and you're carried away...

Also, congrats for the well deserved DD!
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Starinthedark91 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
Congratulations, your piece is featured on DarK, with your interview!
>darkorg.altervista.org/phoenix…
DarK loves you!
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:iconzinodesign:
zinodesign Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Student Artist
Unparalleled :)
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:iconebriusvenus:
EbriusVenus Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Travail intéressant !
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featured here:
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have a nice day!
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the feature :-D
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:icongrandguignolbudapest:
you are very welcome!
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IssamSolo Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
CANCER!!! this is the most scary fucking shit... I hope Mukai isn't around here
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much!! :-D And I haven't seen him :-P
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:iconissamsolo:
IssamSolo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
1. your welcome
2. Do you even know him? :/
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, only if you're referring to the King of fighters character :-P
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IssamSolo Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Yup -_- the kid knows mukai. how bizzare and rare at the same time.
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:iconetoilebruine:
Etoilebruine Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Photographer
Reminds me a escene of The Sorrow one of the Bosses on MGS3 hahaha. You're excellent photographer, greats work and wonderful ideas.
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hahah! Awesome!
And thank you very much. You're kind!
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head-in-the-cloud Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013   Photographer
Hi :wave:
You have been featured in our newest Best of week XXI at #Breathtaking-photos
Please check it out and fave it if you enjoyed it.
Have a nice day! :tighthug:
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow - thank you very much. I appreciate it!!
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WalkMyPath Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This f r e s h e n e d me up !
A w e s o m e w o r k :peace:
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad it did. Thanks :-)
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:iconjascus:
Jascus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Ahhhh, THIS is a river styx!
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you think that way :-D
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Vasiliii7 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012   Photographer
fine
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :-)
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alexandrajitariuc Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Photographer
featured: [link]

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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature :-D I'm honoured!
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giosolARTE Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
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Hello!!
Your wonderful art work have been featured here: [link]
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks for the feature! It looks wonderful :-)
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giosolARTE Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks to you! (y)
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EasyLuckyFree80 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow! That is one hell of an image. Just awesome.
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Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :-) Glad you like it!
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Dark-Lady-Sizuka Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing !
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Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :-D
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Coldwave-Enigma Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012   Photographer
Very powerful.
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Rui :-) I'm happy you like it.
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E-DinaPhotoArt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
This is fantastic.
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm very glad you think so!
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E-DinaPhotoArt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
;)
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ricken4003 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
Striking!
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :-)
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ricken4003 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
:iconwelcomeplz:
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christopherbenjamin9 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Photographer
this is my absolute favourite! just brilliant and beautiful
well done :wow:
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:iconphoenixstamatis:
Phoenixstamatis Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so very much. I'm very glad you liked it!!
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yruhauntingme Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Down on the road the world is floating by.
The poor and undefended left behind.
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