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May 22, 2009
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Canon EOS 5D
Shutter Speed
1/500 second
Focal Length
15 mm
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Date Taken
Apr 18, 2009, 6:12:13 PM


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Checkmate with a Rook by gilad Checkmate with a Rook by gilad

In this game of life
The objective is not to knock down the king
The objective is to keep standing strong
Participating in this game of chess
Until it's time to go into the light

In this game of life
You are a winner just by playing the game
And letting others play it too
Knocking down others will get you closer to the end
Until it's time to go into the light

In this game of life
Some choose to go only in straight lines
Some move only in little steps
Some run shortcuts from one place to the next
Until it's time to go into the light

In this game of life
You make decisions and enter the doors you choose
Moving when it's your time to go
You are a loser only if you seek to win the game
Until it's time to go into the light


Taken in the Austrian Hospice, 3rd floor, 37 Via Dolorosa, Near Damascus Gate, Jerusalem, Israel
This large building, located in the Muslim Quarter between the Damascus and Lions' Gates, was built in 1857 and served as a hospital from 1948 to 1985.
In recent years it was restored to its original use as a hostel for pilgrims and visitors to Jerusalem. Beautifully managed and renovated, the Austrian Hospice's gardens, terraces, fabulous rooftop vistas of the Old City
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This is a picture I found very powerful in its treatment. The fish-eye effect creates a dual feeling of imprisonment and closeness: in this little world, it seems that nothing else can exist save what is represented in the picture, and there is no other way but to play this game until the end, until that last straight line is finally walked on. Moreover, all the closed doors around enforce that feeling. As for the black silhouette framed by the strong light, it indeed appears as some kind of ultimate goal to attain, both vulnerable and yet still strong enough to provide a worthy last stand.

In itself, it is not the most original photograph I've ever seen, but it has definitely left a strong impression on me.
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fiorinosulaco Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Like the emphasis in the center of the scenery!
Ahmadmaps Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the whole gallery is atmospheric, and the effects are marvelous.
FaatKitty Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bia-k Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I loved everything about it.

And the poem is just gorgeous as well :heart:
Baher-Amin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice perspective and angle.. .well done... but the exposure is a pet high.
just a point view.
MartinSigle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
sory4lovin-you Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
i would agree with =yzabel, great work, the poem suits nicely :) this is really good
veeera Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
[link] atmosphere!!
Shantien Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Your pictures and poems always complete each other. Two halves of a whole that only have a full impact when they are brought together. <3
macer18 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Professional Photographer
what a great shot!!! the symmetry of the whole photograph is great.
delightfully pleasant i say! good job.

now, just curious here... what kind of
lense and filter did you use?
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