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Given 2013-01-02
There is something pure and beautiful about Italy Blue by *siby: a clean and calming natural abstraction of remarkable quality. ( Suggested by xthumbtakx and Featured by arctoa )
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Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Photographer
Fantastic piece!! :clap:
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hazelnut019 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Well I like it
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hazelnut019 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Or perhaps that should be 'Well *I* like it'.
Simple and elegant. Well done -X-
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lahnjules Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
subtle, sublime beauty.
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augenweide Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in our monthly special XV from :iconode-to-simplicity: [link]
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siby Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
Thanks a lot!
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augenweide Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:butterfly:
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BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   General Artist
Ugh, people and their petty comments... I feel your pain on that :hug:

The plain truth is there seems to be very few people who see beauty in simplicity. Your photo here is simple, just water that blends into the sky with only a hint of the horizon.
When I look at this photo, I don't see just another ocean photograph (to paraphrase ~thefoxysquirrel), I see of course the calming shades of blue, but I am also struck by what we don't see. What lies beyond that distant horizon? Are we viewing this from the shore or from the middle of a vast unknown sea? There's a feeling of being absolutely alone, but not lonely. Are we dreaming this view?

Congratulations on receiving your DD. It was very much deserved.
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siby Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
we are dreaming this view (at least me..:) )

thank you
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BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013   General Artist
:hug:
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ponychops Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
I wanted to say how discusted I am at the negative comments about your work. They aren't even constructive. You saw beauty in simplicity here, it's stunning. Congrats on the DD, please don't ever doubt that this piece deserved the DD that it got!
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Einsilbig Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This lovely work has been featured here: Abstract and Surreal Spotlight Vol. 4
Looking forward to seeing more art from you at #devPREMIUM!

:icondevpremium:

Einsilbig
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siby Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
thank you : )
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Alixelle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
Great ! :clap:
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FabioKeiner Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
perfectissimo
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link] :iconpotatodanceplz:
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siby Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
:bow:
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I like this shot. Impressive!
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swiftmoonphoto Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The cool thing about art is that it's utterly useless. This kind of statement irritates a lot of artists but really, art is anything we make for its own sake. As human beings we make two things, tools and art, sure you can put artistry into useful things; but the artistry doesn't do anything to add to the useability. Doesn't matter how much filigree you put into a chair, it works just as good for sitting on as a concrete cube.

But really that makes art all the more awesome. Art is a side effect of intelligence in compassionate beings, and it is the one thing that can really exist free and unfettered. That also means that you should go ahead and like what you like and create what you want without fear of critics because any decent person, upon finding art that doesn't strike a cord with them, will, as they are not in any way forced to use the thing ignore it and go about their business.

The problem is that we can't help put ourselves into our art, it becomes an interpretable part of our personality and so we seek approval in our art to much the same degree that we seek approval in ourselves. Which is kind of sad, but there's nothing to be done about our inner herd animal. All we can do is try to recognize the fact that there is sometimes no pleasing some people, and this is usually due to their own inability to be pleased more than our ability to please.

Critics are parasites who have found a way to feed from the social esteem that flows in and around art. Critics are, in short, tools. Use them when they're useful and keep them in a drawer in the garage the rest of the time.
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TwilightIllusions666 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
I honestly find this piece very simple and calming, and I love the shades of blue.
It's unfortunate that there's so many negative comments on this, I think people just need to grow up and accept that not everyone has the same taste in art as they do. And yes, they have a right to their own opinion, they just don't need to go rub it in everyone's faces. If they don't like something it's is easy as clicking away from the image and moving on with their day, easy as that.
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LDFranklin Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Photographer
Congrats on the DD!

I think this is a wonderful piece that you should be very proud of!
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:iconthefoxysquirrel:
thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Good grief. I need to explain myself further, and why this photo and its selection is disturbing. For those of you who will read and disagree, please, I beg of you, do so with substance. Do so intelligently. Even if you insult me, I would welcome it if it is with substance! Ugh. Here... we... go....

I said that this is ocean pornography. I stand by this statement. I meant that this is kitsch. It appeals to our most basic appreciative sensibilities. The picture is stating: "this is blue water," and nothing more. It's only appeal is that as humans we enjoy seeing water and nice colors. But great art - of which this site has more than its share - does more than simply appeal to our most basic senses. It prods us, makes us think, causes us to examine ourselves and our worlds more closely.

This "work" does none of that, yet it was selected and AWARDED (please, lets be honest and admit that a DD is an award, prize, whatever you want to call it) with a high honor, relative to this site. And since this site consists of art enthusiasts, this photo is disturbing not only as a selection, which can be made by only a few people, but that it has recieved any praise at all.

I would say even the BAD photos on this site are infinitely better than this garbage. Why? Because most often, even in a bad photo, the photographer saw something of interest and they tried their best to capture it. This is explicitly meant to apeal to our most basic, primal, easiest sensibilities. It does not even attempt to reach for anything greater. IF YOU ARE SEEING ANYTHING ELSE IN THIS IMAGE, THAT IS MERELY YOUR OWN SHALLOW IMPOSITION.

I defy anyone to DISAGREE WITH SUBSTANCE.
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BKennedy-Photography Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   General Artist
I understand that you are not moved by this photo - that's fine. Everyone has their opinion and tastes. However, that does give you free license to insult someone's work. There is obviously a great number of people who enjoy this photo, whatever their reasons might be. It should be enough for you to say to yourself "I do not see the appeal" and then move on.

You see nothing of interest. In my opinion, that's part of the interest. Did you note the category the artist placed this photo? Surreal or Abstract. So, that would lead one to believe that what you see is not the point of this photo. "The picture is stating: 'this is blue water," and nothing more." I would argue that that is your statement and not that of the photo. A picture is worth a 1000 words - but they don't mention that it is up to the viewer to decide which 1000 words. You chose only the most obvious four.

It doesn't really matter or do anyone any good to sit here and tell you what I personally see. It won't sway you and that's okay. Again, we all have our personal tastes. But deviantART does have policy regarding comments on a DD. This artist didn't have a choice in being featured at all, let alone which deviation would be singled out. But you had the choice to stay within policy and social decorum or to let loose your unsolicited ill opinion.

In the future, try to be an encouragement to your fellow photographers. Teach instead of ridicule; critique rather than outright insult.
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Look, you don’t really “have” to explain yourself any further, we get it … the photo doesn’t please your eyes, period! It’s loud and clear, and it’s your personal opinion, just like I have mine. The only difference is that I respect yours.

I don’t object to your disliking the photograph, but I do object to your way of expressing it, since you have basically insulted not only the artist who worked on this, but also ME, who happen to LIKE this as fervently as you dislike it. I am not a professional photographer, but this happens to be something that caught my attention and I faved it. I would do it again without hesitation, and I do not owe you or anyone else ANY explanation, with or without substance.

How DARE you put people down like this? Especially YOU, being a photographer too! You should be ashamed of yourself for spreading all this envy and hatred like that.

Evidently … you’re contradicting yourself, because if this was such a “nothing” picture, it wouldn’t have made you “think” so much, would it? Too bad that what is left for all of us to see from you is this shameful display of bitterness.
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regularjane Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well put...:heart: :hug:
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juditithil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I like your constructive attitude.
I myself was thinking about the artistic value of this photo and about what makes art in general - lots of opportunities to do so here on dA, ha. I read some of the comments including yours.

I like the expression you used 'ocean pornography', it's witty. However, I think I don't fully agree. The title says 'Italy blue' which might refer to a lot of things, can have a specific meaning or feeling to the photographer. I think it is not the same as 'this is blue water'. The category is not waterscape either but abstract.

I have seen DD-awarded artworks in which tremendous amount of work or skill was put, more than in this one. But does simplicity equal artlessness?

It's damn hard to tell what makes art I think. I read your 'definition' of it and I like it. But the question comes to my mind who is it up to? The intention of the creator does not neccessarily coincide with the impression of the receiver. In this case, the photographer could be inspired by the endlessness of the sea or the blue and a thousand things could have crossed her mind, she might have examined herself or the world more closely because of it. We cannot know. The photographer could see something of interest and could try her best to capture it. I think calling it garbage is incautious.

So how can we decide, in general? It's a real question for me. I love discussing things so feel free to share your view.
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solalis1226 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
Beautiful is blue!!
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birdsivu Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This photograph is full of a romantic aura. I feel a sense of destination, yet afloat in a cloud of beauty. The fact that it is not well defined is a dive into the surreal, carried away in a mesmerizing dream. The colors are sensational!
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shinyc Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
can you give me the stock photo
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Vanna1994 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Knew this was going to have some controversay when I saw it.
It's interesting, normally in the dd's you see a lot of highly detailed stuff, and this caught my attention because it wasn't so detailed.
I like looking out at our lake when we go by it on the highway, the water can look so cool 8)
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fatedquest Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
If I wasn't a starving college student, I'd really buy this and frame it in my house. Time for you all to make a trip to some are galleries.
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Retro-Death Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What is an 'are' gallery? :iconcuriosityplz: In case this is a sarcastic remark of yours as to why this is a DD (then it failed) you might wanna brush up on the dA guidelines.
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
:clap:
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HonG-t Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The people seem to only appreciate the complex things these days...

I find this quite peaceful. Such nice blues...
Also like how the movement of the diagonal lines at the bottom break up the otherwise horizontally divided picture...I wouldn't mind just being at this place and staring at the horizon instead of being surrounded by buildings from time to time.
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thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
No. It is not simply that this image is simple. Cartier-Bresson's image of the bike rider is simple, but beautiful and elegant. THIS IS NOTHING! That is why it is such a tragedy. Fool. The charge that "people only seem to appreciate the complex things" betrays your primitive and immature perspective of art.
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Cortisil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
You could be nicer when disagreeing with HonG-t. No one will take you seriously if you just insult him or her and his or her taste in art, especially if you're replying negatively and monotonously to everyone who says kind things about the piece.

You have nice photography, I will give you that, but I think you're more than a tab bit butt hurt that this got a DD and could do well to accept that some people will have opinions that are different from yours. :)
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Cortisil Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist
*tad
Sorry, typo.
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xthumbtakx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
:clap: I feel the same!
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Pyratesque Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
very nice, I could get lost in the colors~ :aww:

this DD was brought to you by instagram. lol.
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Why does abstract photography mean a picture of nothing? I mean people are just sitting around saying how beautiful the emperor's new clothes are.
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thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are absolutely right. I already wrote a lengthy scathing criticism of this trash and the idiot who selected it for such praise. I will not repeat my comments here, but they are below if you care to read them.

Suffice to say that the story of the emperor's new clothes is the PERFECT analogy to call upon in this situation.
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
All this abstract art here is like this, I'm sure there are decent abstract deviations, but these are arbitrarily chosen to fill a quota from each genre, there's virtually no distinction between the best and worst abstract art
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Photographer
You've answered your own question in your question. Abstract art uses colour and/or shape to produce a composition that doesn't necessarily have to correlate with anything representative. It doesn't need to be of anything: that's the definition of abstraction, and by that criteria is this a composition that uses colour to evoke a narrative. Besides, this is easily recognisable as a waterscape, so it's not a full departure from subject matter and the real world; or 'nothing', in your own words.

It's pretty clear that you don't enjoy this style of abstract art, so I'd recommend that you relax and just move on when you see work you don't personally enjoy. This is an old discussion.
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Or maybe just possibly this evokes nothing, and much like the emperor's new clothes, it's all in their head, they think they're suppose to feel something so they artificially generate to comply with the art genre
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arctoa Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student Photographer
I accept that there will be a few people who will like this work, or other simple abstractions, because they think that liking it is the in-thing to do, but that same argument will also apply everywhere else on this site: some people will like technically proficient fashion portraits because they think it's expected of them; some people will like elaborate animé art for fear of not fitting in.

The commentary of the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes is a concept that applies to almost any group dynamic; you're just using it here as a vehicle to carry your distaste for this style of art. There is no requirement for you to feel anything from this piece or, indeed, to enjoy it at all; but stating that everyone else is wrong, or deluded, for having an attachment to the work is bizarre. You're entitled to that opinion but that doesn't make it fact, and bashing featured work on this basis is particularly disrespectful.
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FerricPlushy Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
The problem with this style of art is there is no real distinction between great pieces and poor pieces, they're virtually identical and arbitrarily chosen, there is no merit or virtue, you have people like you arbitrarily dictating which ones are better
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thefoxysquirrel Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is not abstract. It is nothing. The person you are replying got it right. You are a fool for selecting this image above the rest of the truly endearing work on this site. You selected nothing. Kitsch. A blue screen. Ocean pornography. This is brutish art.

Please read my comments earlier if you wish to know the reasons why my opinion of this piece, your selection, and therefore your taste and overall judgement, rubbish.
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DraconaVampira Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No matter if people think this is DD quality or not, I think this is a beautiful picture. So simple yet it's quite sublime. Great work on this~
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applecorekevin Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I love this.
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