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First, thanks to arctoa who was kind enough to suggest a deviation that he thought was worth sharing with the rest of you. To those who like the deviation, thank you for your praise.

But, seriously. Enough bashing. If you are pissed off and feel like bitching, I quite honestly do not want to hear it. Feel free to leave a comment elsewhere. I did not do anything in the way of causing this to become a DD and the fact that you are upset about it does not concern me.

As some people have mentioned, there are plenty of other pieces in my gallery, and while this one is probably not something I would have chosen, myself, to be featured, someone else did find it good enough to receive more attention.

Obviously I did submit this with a little forethought, or it would not have ended up here. If you cannot see it for what it is, at the very least, then there's no reason for you to worry about it further. Open up your mind a little, and think about art in new ways. Or move on.

It shouldn't have to come down to the artist telling people to stop being so rude. Seriously. Grow up.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2012-12-10
Witness by ~ra1nb0w13 is a subtly powerful abstraction that, despite the delicate beauty of composition, is tinged with mystery and shadow thanks to the attentive choice of title. ( Featured by arctoa )
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limnides Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013   Artist
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ra1nb0w13 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks. :aww:
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this piece. It's very simple, and yet I can't stop looking at it. You have me mesmerized. Congrats on the DD :heart:
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ra1nb0w13 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks very much. :)
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f1utterby3 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem :heart:
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iam-SHERLOCKED Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good comment :clap:
I think it's really thoughtful, people just need to slow down and take time to think about the deviation, how it relates to the title, etc, not just say blah blah it's a blur I could do it.
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Sonnets-and-Suicides Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am reminded of sleeping in the backseat of a car as a passenger while traveling someplace. This makes me think of waking up, but not all the way, vision is blurred by remnants of sleep as well as the speed of travel.

I relate this to some lyrics by R.E.M. " Here's a scene, you're in the backseat layin' down, The windows wrap around to sound of the travel and the engine, all you hear is time stand still in travel And feel such peace and absolute the stillness still that doesn't end but slowly drifts into sleep....."
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I can't see what it is at all - that's why I love it :) there's beauty in the not knowing, and the air of mystery surrounding this, the fact that we don't actually know what the object is, is what makes it pretty awesome. :heart:
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Elandria Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Having come back to this several times looking at the DDs yesterday I have to say, I think its effortlessly beautiful. Theres a serenity to it that doesn't really need explanation. Nuff said :)
Congrats on the DD!
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RavenDarke Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
"Obviously I did submit this with a little forethought".. okay, we are listening, share with us.
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928 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
OK, this is different?!
It does come with great confusion to what I'm seeing, which is good I suppose?
Most of what we see is blurred cause we don't really think of what were seeing.
We just pass it by with no thought of it there after.

A blur of memory in life.
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ADamselinDesign Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry but even if I do not see why a CV chose a particular piece for a DD feature I was raised to be polite and therefore know that you should not leave unkind comments. Feel free to leave comments, leave constructive criticism (and don't actually leave out the constructive part!), maybe ask the artist their meaning behind a particular piece if you do not understand it but keep in mind that behind the artwork being featured is a living, breathing human being with feelings that you are trampling all over. Also, don't forget that the CV who features DD's, and also suggesters, if there is one, are also human beings with feelings and by being unkind to the artists they feature you can make them feel bad.

deviantART is a huge community with varying amounts of deviants from every walk of life imaginable. We are not all going to have the same tastes nor will we all agree on what art is, what makes something good art, and what deserves community-wide attention in the form of a Daily Deviation. Art is subjective. There are several DD's selected daily meaning that there is a huge probability that you will not like every single DD feature 100% of the time. You do not have to be rude about it though. Either comment if you like it, ask for artists' reasoning behind something, offer constructive criticism and/or hit that little arrow in the upper left-hand corner of your monitor and move on to the next DD feature if you hate this so much.

I do not particularly understand the meaning behind this piece but that doesn't make it a bad piece, nor does it make it good. It depends all on who is looking at it. I never personally cared for abstract art in general, it doesn't mean this piece doesn't deserve a DD. You can't say a piece is not DD worthy simply because you personally do not like it.

For what it is worth, after all the trashing you have received, congrats on the DD, ~ra1nb0w13. If you have a moment and feel like it, I would be interested in knowing the meaning behind this piece.
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Caliphos Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For all of the animosity and constant assumptions about there being no "purpose" or "goal" of the piece, has anyone even bothered to ask the artist why they shot the piece, how they did it, or what (if any) the goal of the piece was? While I'm not fawning over the piece particularly, I certainly think many claims like that are riddled with ignorance and artists are simply making baseless assumptions. It's a shame.
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nine9nine9 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I personally think this is brilliant. It reminds me of being on a boat in a turbulent ocean and the slushing of the waves and the changing vertical line of the horizon as the boat dips to and fro. Its wonderful minimalism says a lot to me.

Congrats on the DD -- we'll-deserved in my opinion.
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VelvetFish Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Filmographer
"...thanks to the attentive choice of title."

congrats on the DD. I loved the title too. It started with a 'W', had 2 syllables, and even ended with an 's'. It just speaks to me. it says... 'Witness'.

'tis truly a powerful word, and it's 110% worthy of its DD just for that title. I am in the presence of a master at giving titles, and i hope that by posting this comment, i too can get a DD for a picture of flying hair that i probably took accidentally by giving that picture a nice title too.

you have truly inspired me, and i thank both you and the genius who recommended the DD, for you have showed me that spending hours drawing is not the way to go when it comes to showing true art such as this. It is all about the title.

thank you for enlightening me, and congratulations.
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SweetPeaPhototc Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Dear Artist: Please check out the link below. It is a link to a journal entry I made after receiving my first DD and was bashed left and right for it.

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DeathdealerTsunade Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
WOW people are dicks.
Though it really is unusual, I feel like this far more deserves to be featured than some of the mediocre bullcrap that's been selected lately. Whether it was accidental or not, it certainly evokes a feeling of anxiety and mystery. If you would rather look at pictures of pretty, half-naked models or EVEN MORE images of the beach/mountains, then fair enough. But bear in mind that there are people out there who do enjoy abstract and can appreciate it. If you feel that your photography is better, then go ahead and grow some balls to recommend it to one of the moderators. You fucking annoying little sissy-bitches.
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Dervila Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
The piece is called Witness, and the actual photograph is reminiscent of a wintess fleeing the scene of a crime before they're discovered and the composition of the shadows around the edge are arranged in a way that prevents the eyes from wandering off the image. It might look like a blurry, accidental photography, but it's actually a really interesting approach to abstract photography.

The shape in the bottom right corner is like the wintess is already running away and the only thing you see is the blurry shape of their hair out of the corner of your eye.

I actually really like this piece.
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Navid-Navesto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Okay the rest of your gallery is awesome it's just...idk....
Maybe the title plays into it a bit, since commonly known that Witnesses, even if they saw the whole scene, know very little to nothing about the crime-scene, and therefore only remember as much as the picture soon, a blank white blurry expanse and then an incomprehensible little black smudge that they can't put their mind to it and name/label.

Even with that being said, This doesn't deserve a DD, maybe your other works, but this is just ridiculous. I can't believe I'm saying this but it seems that even DEVIANTART is corrupt. Scary stuff.
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RavenDarke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
It is and after discussing with neurotype and arctoa I do believe it is really scary... I am going to write e-mail to head community mannager.. but it is hard to say how deep this goes, I mean, who picked up those with DD feature rights? Because neurotype seems even as a bigger issue then arctoa. Those ppl should have responsibility, they clearly donīt.
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Navid-Navesto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Well screw giving people the rights, the DA heads themselves should appoint personal staff to have unbiased choosing submitted to the Make-me-a-DD or whatever groups and pick from there. People have different tastes of art, and they should be putting up ones that have perfect angles/timing/posing, or elaborate art that took heavy effort to do. This is just...ugh! :iconexplodeplz:
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RavenDarke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Exactly, but I do believe, that we, as community have power, therefor responsibility to change it, for sake of this server as sanctuary of art, starting with removing arctoa and neurotype from DD commisions crew
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
:lol:

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Navid-Navesto Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
Completely agree :3!
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RavenDarke Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
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Navid-Navesto Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Student General Artist
awesome job man :3!
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Trichardsen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Photographer
What i see is a little of a jaw a mouth and a nose inside the shadow, it feels like the camera has been turned rather rapidly with a longer exposure.
Yes perhaps this is not the ordinary run of the mill artwork you might see, but then again the old but true saying "Donīt judge a book by its cover", and many artworks, especially those that inspired strong reaction are often the successful ones.

And if you take a minute or so just to look at this there is more than meets the eye. :D
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iamPoetry Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is embarrassing DA. I can only be blunt on this one.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
In that case, I would suggest addressing your concern to deviantART itself rather than the artist who received the Daily Deviation. There is a system in place for this.
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iamPoetry Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I believe I can state my opinions. This isn't a hush hush place. It's public. I have every right to state my words so.
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CelesOran Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it looks like some sort of fiber like string or carpet?
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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
More proof I need to start uploading my "reject" out-of-focus images if I want to get a DD and maybe go far on this site.
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RavenDarke Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
seems so.. doesnīt it?
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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Increasingly so, yes.
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RavenDarke Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Actualy, photo of my blurred desk and keyboard is getting as much favorites as rest of her gallery: [link]
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KiraKitt Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
To me, the blur looks like a person... maybe he is falling? The title is mysterious and makes me wonder if perhaps the witness saw something like a murder, and the person who is falling may have been killed. I totally see why this got a Daily Deviation. I think this piece is deserving. Well done.
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Xaisen Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't exactly say this is any where near bad, but I don't believe a work like this deserves a Daily Deviation.
To go straight to the absolute truth, Lost by this same artist would truly deserve better. Here, I can't exactly figure out why this was made DD in my point of view. And said by many already, the picture itself looks quite like an accident, or a swift flash, or even the drop of the camera from a window sill. It doesn't exactly hold much mystery within itself as I'd expect. I had already went into the Daily Deviations 4 times without noticing this piece. I only noticed it when it was in the bar, which truly caught me very off guard.
This is a little sad for me seeing this as a DD, but I'm not saying I don't accept this as art. It's just this piece was a bad choice for today. However, I'd still like to know why it was made a Daily Deviation from arctoa, because of how it's made me very confused.
Now, I'm not looking for a fight. I did not say this piece is bad. All I'm truly asking is why, and how did this became a DD.
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
While I appreciate your balanced response, this isn't really the place to discuss the validity of a Daily Deviation. It's about the art rather than the feature; but as you asked, I personally prefer this piece to the one you mentioned. It's more evocative, for me; it speaks of passing time and the transience of memory. I understand this isn't a concept that many may relate to, but art is about emotional response and this is the piece from their gallery that caught my eye.

In my perspective, a Daily Deviation is to feature an artist as much as a particular artwork, so with that said I am glad you spent the time to look through the rest of their work, and I am happy you found something there to your liking.
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CelesOran Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No I agree with you I would also like to know why arctoa choose this piece for a Daily Deviation
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
It's an evocative piece that relates to time and memory and the passing and failing of both. Personally, I prefer this piece to the others mentioned, and that is why it was chosen.
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CelesOran Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally understand and respect that..... personally I never could understand abstract art and i guess that not everyone can.
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silvermoon442 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a shame this got a DD. Just looking at your "more from" section I can see you have way more and better stuff than this random smudge!
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hentaibunnyinc Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
I just don't get it. I have a bunch of "whoops" moments on my camera that look just like this, typically when I drop my camera. I'm not criticizing the photographer, because I understand the pride for one's art even if others can't see it. I'm just. . . Baffled that THIS got a DD; the artist has WAY more amazing work. Yet people are just gonna see this and either gush for the sake of being wise enough to see the Emperor's New Robes, or bitch about how this isn't "art" while pretending to be holier-than-thou, and I can guarantee most people won't even look at the other works. I figured more thought would go into DDs than that.

Conversely, your gallery is awesome.
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JakezDaniel Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012   Photographer
There's one difference between an accidental shot and a planned work. The will to creat art.
Of course, accident can also be a technique for art, as long as the accident is willed, is a technique.

:)
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sn4pdr4g0n Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Student General Artist
I agree with everything here. With the rest of her gallery, this image makes sense. But unless you go look, it's not going to be well-received.
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pjcyto Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It's not really anything you can explain. It's like those pictures you find in fast food restaurant. Somehow some guy with spare pants and a broken canvas can get those things sold off, but most really good artists struggle to sell a single piece off.

I agree, this guy has some great stuff that would have been a better pick, but that's my opinion.

To the artist- nothing negative toward you at all, you're work is great. This one may have been picked because it's not like the others. We were trained to pick those things out by Sesame street.
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Kajenx Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Artist
It's kinda blare witch, isn't it?
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Spifmo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
i totally don't get why these pictures get dd's LOL
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arctoa Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student Photographer
It's an abstract piece, and as CV for abstract and surreal photography it is my honour and pleasure to feature these works. All categories that are represented by a CV get Daily Deviation features. :]
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Spifmo Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
no no much respect for abstract
i just get annoyed when people talk about how a splash of colors has some deep fucking meaning that's supposed to influence the way i view the world
no
no no
NO
NO NO
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