Such a lovely piece of art to write a critique for.
It's a great image with a grungy touch to it. But it's also very delicate and has a vintage vibe. The dark editing suits it just perfectly.
I love the way she is turned away from the camera, the twigs in her hair and the lace falling off of her shoulder. Her hand touching her schoulder, so delicatly, it's so emotive.
The technique is great. The skin looks amazing and the shadows on her back are smooth but yet defined.
This picture, just appeals to me on so many different levels, it's really hard to summarize all my thoughts. Alll I can say is, that you did a wonderful job and created a picture wihich is strong, yet subtle and soft. It's dark yet has an innocent feel to it. I'm very impressed and I like it a lot
the whole thing reminds me of Artemis. She had a deer with a golden antler and she killed it by accident. She - just the same as Athena - kept her virginity.
So what's with my associations?
I love your slender neck, your defined shoulder-blades and spine. it's really beautiful. and again, your beautiful hand. you wear white, the color of purity, yet you have those branches in your hair. they somehow remind me of bones. It's just like the boney fingers that appear on children's windows during a thunder storm.
it's both a light and dark picture. you being the tainted, yet pure part of it, living on in a impure, dark world. it's a forest. forests remind me of nature, yet of sadness, since lately nature was treated badly. Artemis was also a protector of nature, being a beautiful goddess. Yet, just like the other greek gods she wasn't perfect. she sometimes would fail in protecting what she loved.
and that's what this reminds me of.
About the technical stuff: i really like the contrast in sharpness and blur. it's really well made, and fits perfectly. the white dress building a nice contrast with your pale skin. i like your chin, it's still visible, I can't seem to find words for it, but it's appealing in a way. somehow your dress reminds me of a child's dress. don't ask me why. but it slipped of your shoulder... that's somehow so... it's a subtle touch of eroticism. then, lastly, the filter used, that makes it look somewhat old.
it fits to the greek mythology that it reminds me of. so... it's a beautiful composition... somehow i come to think of it, you might have used one single detail, a leaf or a tiny flower or a berry, in deep red. it would have brought so much more life into this, but NOT using a detail, has a meaning too.