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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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Given 2008-12-18
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 )
Robert-Kovacs Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist

Featured here:…


Please, notice me if you want me to delete this from my page. :)

turtle1965 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
love it
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?
LiaJensonArtExtra Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love: that so wrong, to love this as much as I do?
fastasaleper Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shanny199 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing doesnt even come close to describing this photo
tlcolor Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Жестко!.. Но красиво.
oxidizer05 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no words
ChasingShadowsPhoto Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Photographer
This is exceptional! O_O Wonderful, wonderful work!!

PS What did you use for blood? (Just getting into horror/macabre myself and just curious, thanks!)
doctanx0013 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Damn Real Thriller,,,Lovely work fren :)
solarisa Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
love this art, definitely favourited.
revengex33 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
love it !
forgotten-tale Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured: [link]
animegrimride Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
bloodstains trailing all over the house....
NightMeadow Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
StefanjSimons Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Photographer
"Sh. Don't fear, death will come soon and the pain will be gone"
FoxyElf100 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So creepy! It's awesome!
Skrillex1993 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
woooow that is amazing. i have been trying to get a model to do that for me but this is amazing I don't think I will be able to capture this type as well as you did
Kaylan13 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
I love everything about this, everything about this shows that there is a story to be told, that she witnessed and won't breathe it to a soul :D
shunsuixnanaofan101 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Wow…lovely shot and expression on the girl's face…

What I'm getting from this is some sort of betrayal from a loved one, or something of the sort…And their last command to her was just, not to breathe. And she obeyed that command…

But from the other comments I'm reading through…I think that I'm the only one who thinks that…Oh, well.

Awesome picture!~
DeSiGn-LoVeR Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
Featured in my journal BeaAty oF tHe daRk !
8darkprincessa8 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011
Flaw3d-Princ3ss Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
That's amazing~ ^+^
Mariahlynne Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
This picture is awesome it's eye catching interesting and scary. it has so much feeling.
zielins1 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Hi, I featured this piece on my blog. The image is credited to you in the caption and clicking the photo links the user back to this page.
If you wish for it to be taken down, please message me on DA or tumblr.
breakmyheartxx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I recognize the song... Cocorosie. <3 I love this.
NikkiAsylum Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
So Pretty
kyuubiXkitsune Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome pic
exdrip Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful contrast in this, I love it. She is very pretty too!
CryptoCarverus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i dig the way the blood pops.
monkeykillin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011
love this...
Kiddotattoo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i use this picture for a tattoo ?
x-music-is-life-x Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist
Love this piece, It's like she reached a point where it didn't matter.

Would I be able to use this in a layout for my personal website? Credit would be given, please let me know. Thanks
SilentTearz20 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
absolutely gorgeous... the beauty in this picture is unreal! [link]
pain-falls Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
this is amazing
hutzimbl Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Just awesome...
potterllama Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
It's beautiful!
I love the contrast of the colors.
killer-love Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Your eyes tell the story more than the blood does.
incredibly captivating.
Little-rat-in-cage Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Good title!! :D
SikandSykotic Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
beautifully brutal!... this is amazing!
Mikiv26 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
o.O thats creepy but amazing
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Submitted on
December 10, 2008
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Shutter Speed
1/50 second
Focal Length
25 mm
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Date Taken
Dec 10, 2008, 7:44:01 PM