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December 10, 2008
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Dec 10, 2008, 7:44:01 PM
He told me not to even breathe by joganelken He told me not to even breathe by joganelken
Behind the house quiet as a mouse...
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The suggester says, "He told me not to even breathe by ~joganelken is just so disquieting and creepy, the model seems to have witnessed such horror than she has gone into shock and is simply calm now". ( Suggested by kittywoodphotography and Featured by RockstarVanity )
Phoenix-from-Flames Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

"What do you see here ?"


I see a victim.

A girl - mortally wounded, both in spirit and body.

Struck down.

Helpless and immeasurably vulnerable.

Unable to run, unable to move, except for a final gesture.
Her mind is beyond fright, beyond horror, it has passed through it all.

A childlike plea, a childlike resolution:

To hide in pain sight, still convinced it will be alright, despite it being all over by now.

The mind refuses to believe what the body has already accepted;

The only thought, the only drive remaining on the surface:

Hush now . . . quiet as a mouse. . .

. . .


Life is draining fast; she is more beyond than she is still here.


Her gaze doesn't pierce, yet it stabs deep.

I cannot see fright or horror, no panic, neither plea nor sadness.

She has been through it all.


Maybe she ran,

maybe she had to crawl,

maybe she was left where she fell.

It doesn't matter anymore


The world has shrunk; is now confined by her own skin

and what little is left

is growing smaller by the second.

Time is ticking away,

the body becomes an appendage, limp and useless.

Only the mind still clings on, writhing, trying to focus, dominated by a single idea.

A sole thing that must be done:


A last gesture, to whomever is watching.

Before it's too late.

Her legacy to the viewer, given with a dying breath:


". . . . . . . . .

. . . shhhh . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . ."


(A sentence that remains unfinished, but the unspoken words hanging in the air, clear as crystal)


". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . he might hear us."


This one hit very close  OMG  - couldn't stop thinking about it for the last few days....

Technically it is done very well, especially the lighting contributes a lot to the mood - it's horrible, calm, eerie, sad, content, creepy . . . everything at once !
There's a lot of room for interpretation; for all the  whys and hows - it sends the mind racing through a myriad of theories; all of them intriguing and none positive:

What has happened ?
Are we there with her ?
Are we hiding as well and just found her ?
What are we running from ?
Does she look through the plane of the picture to warn us, the viewers ?
If that's the case, what does she know ?

What is out to get us ?!! :panic:

Horrible ideas aside for a moment - this is a great piece of artwork: The first glance is a shock and sends the mind flying. Then, you begin to take in all the details and try to come up with answers.
I love art that kickstarts your thinking and this certainly delivers in that regard. The title itself contributes a lot to the ideas that come up; since it mentions a "he", it adds another dimension to the picture, something that
is out of the frame, maybe even in past. It also implies that somebody else did this to her, giving us a victim and a victimizer.

Like I said, you get a lot to think about within the blink of an eye - that's what artwork's about. :clap:

jxk25 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
Why not publish a bigger version?
franciszeks Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013   Interface Designer
I kept telling myself things would get better my expectations were more than exceeded this is proof that miracles do exist seriously consider this
siantjudas Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013   Digital Artist
I love this fuckin picture
PurpleMambo Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DontXpostXonlyXread7 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Great picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!
slushcat Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
all the secrets I keep inside,
afraid to open up out of fear of being rejected.
are eating me alive.
I see myself....
Beautiful photo Jorga.
Grafikkart Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
my all time fav picture :clap:
CarrieMilinazzo Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Is there a story behind the photo?
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