“Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself. Give yourself peace of mind. You deserve to be happy. You deserve delight.”
– Mark Victor Hansen
There’s a haunting calm in this picture. You see it, and you feel serenity coursing through your body. Those were the first thoughts, I had in my mind when I saw this photograph for the very first time.
I’ve been following Rosie Hardy on almost every social media platform, for more than a year. She is undoubtedly one of my favourite contemporary photographers indulged in fine art.
She creates highly vocal pictures, that are based on her real-life experiences and thoughts.
This self-portrait, in particular, is another splendid example of her art.
It is titled “To Lie In The Soft Brown Earth”, as the artist talks about the experiences in life that help her find peace, whenever she feels exhausted of living. I believe, it is an expression of her search to find and feel all kinds of peace that exist in this world.
Rosie Hardy has broken the rule of thirds, in a very subtle manner in this picture and that has in fact helped in enhancing the visual appeal of the image. The subject has been made independent of the background with the use of brighter hues, and hence, can be easily distinguished. A vignette has been added too.
The overall mood of the image is quite brilliant. The photograph seems surreal as if taken straight out of a fantasy film.
The perspective is fairly neutral though. There is a content look on the face of the subject.
The picture makes the viewer wonder, and there is a weird sense of mystery associated with the picture; to which, there can be a wide number of interpretations.
I believe that the true beauty of this piece of art is that it makes the viewer feel the serenity of the whole setting as if they were there themselves.
Because peace and contentment are what we’re all pursuing, after all, aren’t we?
Focal Length: 35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/4000