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Some Kind Of Progress by DpressedSoul Some Kind Of Progress by DpressedSoul
Progress, this great heresy of decay.
(Charles Baudelaire)

Freehand, slightly cropped.
Update: some quality enhancement, also available as a print now.


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...and in POINT OF SIMPLICITY ISSUE#4 CITY

© by Florian Schmidt
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:icondeaconstrucktor:
The Progress of Consumption.

This photo clearly illustrates a negative view of progress. This is not the futurist's ideal that we think of when we witness the creation of a new skyscraper, or watch as a Mars rover lands on the surface of that far distant planet. This Progress is the progress of a cancer. The progress of consumption of our planet's resources. It is a progress that leaves nothing behind though its advancement may be slow in developing.

The first frame of the window is suggestive of cellular growth, a nucleus with dendrite arms that metastasizes as we advance through the photo, until we reach the last, in which even the frame has deteriorated.

I deducted a star from Originality, because I have seen this type of illustration of stages before and I feel it is near impossible to be completely original at this stage in history. However, I don't feel originality is necessarily the most important feature of a work if there is a powerful vision behind it.

The square format is the only format that would work for this piece, indeed it basically requires it. Likewise, the black and white format is, I feel, a requirement for this photo to really shine. It strips away all the unnecessary 'muddle' of a slow progression to present a stark picture. The title and quote provides an ironic twist. This is "some kind of progress"; a progression to the void where there can be no progress at all.
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:icontokslinas:
tokslinas Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014
....Christmas stars..
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:iconstarlingb:
StarlingB Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
.. description of liberation? 
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
It has something to do with a breakout, it seems. :)
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:iconstarlingb:
StarlingB Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
.. it's darker behind .. but it feels much more 'friendly' :)
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:icongervlove:
gervlove Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014   Photographer
I love your work.
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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:iconifsantag:
ifsantag Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
Thank you so much for taking part to my collection! :heart:
You beautiful work has been featured here: ifsantag.deviantart.com/journa...
Have a nice weekend!
:love:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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:iconifsantag:
ifsantag Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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:iconcr2o3:
Cr2O3 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
yo
you are soo good
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It wasn't me who broke the glass blocks. I just found them. ;)
Thanks a lot for your appreciation! :handshake:
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:iconmetalicangel:
metalicangel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wundervolle komposition!!!
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Vielen Dank! :)
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:iconmetalicangel:
metalicangel Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*drück*
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
*zurückdrück*
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:iconvioletvioletta:
VioletVioletta Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
The title makes it very ironic :D
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That was my intention. :handshake:
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:iconscottyboy-72:
scottyboy-72 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very beautiful. I really like the glass against the black background. Nicely done.
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconlisaisis:
LisaIsis Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This really talked to me instantly and I can totally relate to the kind of state of mind that it takes for capturing still life objects with a POV like this. A truly expressive capture... :)
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :heart:
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:iconskcolb:
skcolb Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student General Artist
I've always thought those were solid glass. :omfg:
Well, I guess they're weaker than I presumed...

Anyways, great job on this; it's amazing~! :D
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :D
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:iconskcolb:
skcolb Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
You're very welcome~! :aww:
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
nice work
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconfractalhead:
fractalhead Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012
you are most welcome
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:iconzokiart555:
ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Great!!! :)
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :)
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:iconzokiart555:
ZokiArt555 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
My pleasure, completely! :)
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:iconorwald:
Orwald Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
fantastic! so crisp and dramatic and yet so simple! :love:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Glad that you like it, thanks a lot! :aww:
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:iconbnspyrd:
Bnspyrd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hello I have featured this in the :iconbeautifulborders: group blog here > [link]
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:thanks:
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:iconhefeigal:
hefeigal Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is stunning! The different shots are beautiful, and the glass looks especially good in front of the black background! Well done! :D
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much, I'm glad that you like it. It's a single photo though. ;)
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:iconhefeigal:
hefeigal Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really? That's really cool!
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Really. It was a wall made of glass blocks. ;)
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:iconhefeigal:
hefeigal Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It still looks cool. :D
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Helenas-sweetheart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This here is exactly how I feel. and also [link]
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:blackrose:
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Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Featured here : [link] :heart:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:manhug:
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:iconpierre-lagarde:
Pierre-Lagarde Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
;)
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vandalised Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh I do like this so very much, it could be a personal visual statement.
Its one of those images that personally i just instantly connect with
and therefore cannot critique it no matter how much i tried.
It says it all, and so beautifully, I just want to have this image on a board somewhere and then the next time someone asks how i am feeling I can hold this up an inch from there faces, and say -Nothing.
Perfect interpretation visually.
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, thanks so much for your comment, Liz! It really means a lot to me to hear that my work can evoke such emotions and personal interpretations.
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AnitaNamar Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent! :aww:
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot!
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:icondocsonian:
DocSonian Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
Florian,
That was very very nice of you and i appreciate
the attention and DD of my photo. I was wondering
why so many folk were looking at Palm Acid Blue Tint Mars.
Then it hit me to check. It was a nice surprise a little
whiles ago.
many thanks

and I have to say
i do love this photo
reminds me of when i was a kid playing in
old abandoned buildings down in Hollywood.
a beauty of a pik like so many of your works.

will look around a bit more

thanks Florian
best to you

Mark
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:icondpressedsoul:
DpressedSoul Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Mark,

you're very welcome and I'm glad that your wonderfully surreal capture got so much attention. It reminded me very much of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", maybe that is why I instantly fell in love with it. ;)

And thank you very much for strolling through my gallery, I'm very glad that you found something that you like and that brought back pleasant memories of bygone days.

Best wishes!

Florian
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