This image has a complexity of meaning, strong atmosphere,
and level of detail that led me to spend a lot of time thinking about
the work. While by it's nature it's not as boldly beautiful as some of
the images this round, it certainly communicates a strong message.
The textures or lighting (or both?) give the image a soft, flat look.
I realize night scenes are very difficult to light, and are often
criticized for being too dark, but I think more contrast would have
given the image more drama. Still, very well done.
One of the meanings I take from this image is that talent and
ability are not always enough. Perhaps this person could have
accomplished much more than a transitory construction of
cards had he applied himself? At the same time it contains the
dual message that art and creation, for the artist, is all that is
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