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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


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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!
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Ahmadmaps Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the whole gallery is atmospheric, and the effects are marvelous.
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FaatKitty Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Powerful.
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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:
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:iconbaher-amin:
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.
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MartinSigle Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010
awesome.
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sory4lovin-you Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
i would agree with =yzabel, great work, the poem suits nicely :) this is really good
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:iconveeera:
veeera Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
[link] atmosphere!!
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:iconshantien:
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
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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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:iconlansur:
Lansur Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Hi! This work have been featured here =)
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:iconmartincevic:
Martincevic Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009
great!
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panduka56 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
You have been featured here [link] :clap:
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SerinaNight Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Student General Artist
Very nice.
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:iconu-ryuuzaki:
U-ryuuzaki Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009  Student Digital Artist
every nice one!!

i like fish eye>w<
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:iconcoulombic:
coulombic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2009   Photographer
That's badass. Everything about this is cool; the floor texture, the curvature caused by the fisheye, the composition. I absolutely love the toning, here. Masterful work.
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:iconadala:
adala Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
very meaningfull picture. it#s like yyou're banned ito it and won't come out before the game ends. very impressive!
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:iconivan-i:
Ivan-I Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2009
love that fisheye.
what model is that? Sigma? Canon? Tamron?
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:iconwrongego:
wrongego Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2009   Writer
dont have any words.. you're a very talented artist!
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:iconfearajinx:
FearaJinx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Love how creative all your photographs are! One day, I hope to get that good!
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pickup-the-phone Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009
all your works are just so amazing! :love:
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:iconbleedingnbz:
BleedingNBZ Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
perfect colourmatch!
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:iconandronikus:
andronikus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
nice... so which one is your move?
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:iconldfranklin:
LDFranklin Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Photographer
Oh, this is fabulous!
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:iconinklover:
inklover Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
it appears as if i'm looking thru a magnifying glass,
all disportionate.....b & w is timeless. so any time is applicable........very interesting the poem that went with it....so where i'm stepping is important..great concept:+fav:
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:iconhhryah:
hhryah Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
The fisheye makes it seem so eerie, which is compounded by the green light. Spooky cool!
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Garconrapide Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Great photo!
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GrandeOmbre Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
Featured:[link]
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Yamiko-Yakou Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
Amazing.... how did you get that "Grainy" effect? :O (because it looks totally awesome!)

Also, the way you captured the tiles... with the fish eye effect and just the lines of the subject matter, it looks almost hypnotic.

Splendid. Totally splendid! :)
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:icongilad:
gilad Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
The grain is the high ISO I used
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:iconbobitho:
Bobitho Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
freakin sweet shot i apsolutely love it lovin the green tint and the rounded sides how you get the effect of the rounded sides?
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:icongilad:
gilad Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Photographer
Fisheye lens
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:iconbobitho:
Bobitho Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
ahhh really i was playin wit my friend fish eye and the pics didnt come out nearly as well
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:icongarconrapide:
Garconrapide Featured By Owner May 26, 2009
Great work!
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dana-martinez Featured By Owner May 25, 2009
This is just really cool... :wow:
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Wallet Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Professional Writer
Fisheye works really well with this shot. Black circle narrows in to a black atmosphere. The entire picture just screams of life! Good work here.
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feenixfly Featured By Owner May 25, 2009  Student Interface Designer
wow, great concept! this is a definite :+fav:
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:iconavenna:
avenna Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
The poem is pure genius in the way it works with the picture.
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:iconandreasandrews:
andreasandrews Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Professional Photographer
The use of this lens, the processing, and the room all add to a very effective final shot! Great work.
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lichiTree Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
oh my a hospital :noes:
but the photo really looks great :]
& the quote is also nice :D
Great job ^-^
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:iconshmithers:
Shmithers Featured By Owner May 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
It's a hospice not a hospital.
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:iconlichitree:
lichiTree Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Oh okay :]
I was just joking a little bit, sorry :I
(I'm scared of hospitals ya must know...)
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hyperteenager Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Looks like there was fisheye lens used?
Really nice :)
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:icongilad:
gilad Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
Indeed
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wizzard-of-odd Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
and when the time comes, none shall go gently into the light...
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tom2strobl Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
yeay austria ^^
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Rachpushkaniev Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
So nice!
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sakisda Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Very good photo!
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purpledeco Featured By Owner May 23, 2009   Writer
Transpotive picture and thought provoking poem...thank you for sharing your art on dA :-)
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MsPwetty Featured By Owner May 23, 2009   Filmographer
:heart:
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Date Taken
Apr 18, 2009, 6:12:13 PM

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