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Under a Dim Grey Sky by Miguel-Santos Under a Dim Grey Sky by Miguel-Santos

São Paulo, Brazil.

A city with 20 million people. Too many?

As I saw that shadow spreading across the city, I thought about ourselves, spreading, sometimes like a disease, across the globe.
I sometimes wonder if we are really evolving...

Thank you donnymurph for suggesting this piece for a Daily Deviation and hellfirediva for featuring it.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2011-09-03
Under a Dim Grey Sky by =HMFS
Suggester says: This is a touching and even frightening shot of one of the world's most excessive cities. Everything about the image - from the angle, to the grey-scale, to the clouds, to the intricate detail, to the brilliant title and description - perfectly portrays the overwhelming horror of mankind's systematic destruction of the planet. ( Suggested by donnymurph and Featured by hellfirediva )
This is an amazingly powerful and thought-provoking cityscape photo.

São Paulo has always been known for its overpopulation and poverty, characterised by sprawling favelas. With around 20.4 million people within its urban area, life in this city must feel very tiny and insignificant.

The São Paulo you portray in this cityscape is dark, bleak and depressing. It is taken from a great distance (presumably from a plane), such that only the main highways are visible - because who cares about those insignificant residential streets where people actually live, right? You've chosen to display the image in black and white, which was an excellent choice, as the lack of colour robs the scape of any areas of individuality. In this, everyone is anonymous; just a component in the urban machine. I feel this even in Sydney, with "only" 4.6 million people - the thought of four Sydneys is nothing short of frightening to me.

The cropping in this image is excellent. By declining to show any sign of the metropolis thinning out into rurality (as they all eventually do), or meeting with the ocean and being forced to end, you have given the scape a feeling of endlessness. Also, the way you have used the clouds to frame to top of the image is clever; their blacks and greys interacting with the scape below, making it feel ever darker, ever more ominous. This particular effect is enhanced further still by the capture of the shadows they cast across the city. I'd also like to point out that I'm glad you didn't decide to include a border, which would close off the image and give off a sense of finiteness which would probably ruin the mood of the image.

Finally, your title and description really adds a professional touch to the image. Without your stirring words, one may see this as simply a bunch of buildings with a bit of cloud and a cool watermark. But your words ensure that no mistakes are made about what this image is intended to portray.

All in all, this is one of the most excellent photos I have ever seen. I do not give out high ratings lightly (as you will see if you view my other critiques), but there is nothing that I would do to improve this image.
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CocoSmith Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
holy wow!
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013   Photographer
ikr! xD
CocoSmith Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
IReallyWannaKnow Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You were in a plane? It looks like a videogame, very nice :)
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013   Photographer
Thanks. If it were a videogame, it could only be 'GTA San Paulo' ;)
And yes, I was on a plane.
broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
When I look at this, I feel like I'm 5 again. That age where you're really curious and you want to explore everything. Looking at this picture reminds me of this huge maze in which I want to explore every adventure it has to offer. Beautifully done! I love it :heart:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013   Photographer
Thanks. Glad you like it. To go on THIS adventure you must also have a deep passion for nightmares and dark tales, such is the city of São Paulo. ;)
broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
I do! Really? That sounds interesting. What kind of tales? :eager:
Miguel-Santos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013   Photographer
Tales of urban drama and human overcoming. But there's also beauty to be found. Such a city is no longer a city, it's a world. :)
broken-and-whole Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013 That is so beautiful. :wow: I want to go to a city like that. To see the world like that.
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