Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
August 23, 2008
Image Size
614 KB
Resolution
2027×2574
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
31,369 (3 today)
Favourites
886 (who?)
Comments
242

Camera Data

Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed
1/25 second
Aperture
F/7.1
Focal Length
18 mm
ISO Speed
200
Date Taken
Jul 19, 2008, 7:41:34 PM
×
butterfly kisses by Rona-Keller butterfly kisses by Rona-Keller
    One part woman, the other part girl.
    To perfume and makeup, from ribbons and curls.
    Trying her wings out in a great big world.
    But I remember...
    Butterfly kisses after bedtime prayer.
    Stickin' little white flowers all up in her hair.


    Bob Carlisle - butterfly kisses






© Rona Keller
All rights reserved. My images may not be used without my permission.
Add a Comment:
 
:iconcarvingbackbone:
This photograph NEVER ceases to not only capture my stare, but my heart. The title alone reminds me of the ever-classic father-daughter song "Butterfly Kisses", which makes the white dress call out of youth, innocence, purity and beauty. That song happens to be sad for me personally as opposed to sweet, but this photo is the precise redeeming quality of it. It reminds me of the gifts in nature, the very earth that kisses us every day -- be it through the sun, the rain that hits our cheeks or the snowy cold air that turns them red. Butterflies are so symbolic of freedom, beauty, love and light. Transformation. This so starkly representing in an enrapturing, vibrant crimson butterfly held in the hands, against the sterile, pure white dress speak to me of loving the transformation from innocence to experience. Innocence isn't ruined or lost by simply LIVING. Breathing ALIVE just as the butterflies make me want to do every time I see one -- breathe deeper...all the way down to my toes. And, that's the final quality I absolutely love in this image. 'Right down to the toes'...the bare feet are again so free in being uncovered and stand against cold stone. Yet the don't seem remotely bothered by the dirt.
I could dissect this photograph and all the symbolism I read into it, but what I really feels like to me is a gift. Hands held out, giving me, the viewer, the gift. The kiss, the freedom, the love, the beauty. I've shared this particular image with so many friends and they all feel so similarly -- taken aback by such a simple gesture speaking so loudly, but ever-so-gently. A whisper. A whisper that when I see this image says, "It will all be okay. I am here. And, we are free."
Amazing, incredible image. It's been my own personal Daily Deviation for months now. And, as I look back, I see it was submitted on my birthday. This really was a gift -- but not to me -- to ALL of us. Thank you.
What do you think?
The Artist thought this was FAIR
30 out of 30 deviants thought this was fair.

The Artist has requested Critique on this Artwork

Please sign up or login to post a critique.

:iconwatipu:
watipu Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Beautiful. :-)
Reply
:iconshadowhunter625:
Shadowhunter625 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is that butterfly really that big? (Is it real I'm basically asking)
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
Sorry for the late reply! The butterfly isn't real :aww:
Reply
:iconshadowhunter625:
Shadowhunter625 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh XD 
Reply
:iconthelifeofrick:
TheLifeOfRick Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Beautiful
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
:heart:
Reply
:iconquirkyblonde:
quirkyblonde Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hi! I featured this piece in my journal as part of a collection of random stuff I like. It's here: [link]
Reply
:iconshannon-stark:
shannon-stark Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
great pic
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Thank you!
_ _ _

Smile! It's so much better than being angry or disappointed because it took me such a long time to reply. But since those words I receive on here mean so much to me, I am doing my best to work on my self-discipline and get back to everyone eventually. :)
(If you read this more than once, it just means that I am even more grateful for you sticking around - and that I want to spend more time actually replying than explaining where I've been!)
Reply
:icondenis1975:
denis1975 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
Beautiful toes!!
Reply
:icondreambig100:
DreamBig100 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Awwww!!! Thats my dad and I's song!! I instantly started singing it after I saw the lyrics on the artists comments :) D'awww!
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
that's lovely! =)
Reply
:iconautisticmatt:
Autisticmatt Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
thats beautiful!
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
thank you!
Reply
:iconqtje:
Qtje Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Aaaawww wonderfull
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
thank you!
Reply
:iconloriee:
loriee Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2010  Student General Artist
very symmetrical shot ! :)
Reply
:iconhannysuperclick:
HannySuperClick Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
wow!
Reply
:iconescaped-emotions:
escaped-emotions Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Professional Photographer
Hey there, just wanted to let you know I adore this photograph and have included it in my latest news article Outstanding Portrait Photography :heart:

I hope you like it and don't mind my including you in this. :tighthug:
Reply
:iconrobotseatmygrandma:
RobotsEatMyGrandma Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
[link] <- featured
Reply
:icondubugomdori:
DubuGomdori Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
That song is one of my all time favorite songs, along with that other song about the little boy trying to get his mama some shoes before she meets Jesus that night. Fantastic.
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
=)
Reply
:iconkishui:
kishui Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
`:iconbathlaplz: featured here:
F E A T U R E S - 11 - headless photos.

support is very VERY appreciated ;*
ps. sorry for the late info so much ;*

`have a nice day, sweety :iconravesplz:
Reply
:iconvineriseara:
VineriSeara Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
very expressive. love it ! :heart: Congrats !
Maybe there is too much blur, but i supose you haven't any other choice.
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
yeah you're probably right. but I made this over a year ago :aww:
thank you!
Reply
:iconpetitereveur:
PetiteReveur Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Featured:[link] :heart:
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
thanks!
Reply
:iconamble:
Amble Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009   Writer
featured here: [link]
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
thank you!
Reply
:iconamble:
Amble Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009   Writer
My pleasure!
Reply
:iconeinfachnurich:
einfachnurich Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009
featured [link]
Reply
:iconanuf:
AnuF Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful :)
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
thank you :hug:
Reply
:iconanuf:
AnuF Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
welcome :)
Reply
:iconvalentinakallias:
ValentinaKallias Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Your beautiful picture has been featured in my journal here:

[link]

Feel free to visit, but there is no obligation:)
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
thank you :blowkiss:
Reply
:iconcedaco:
CedaCo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009
Thanks for the happiness! :aww:
News feature: [link]
And journal: [link]
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
danke #4 :aww:
Reply
:iconcedaco:
CedaCo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
:lmao: ...ich glaub beim letzten hab ichs dann gelassen.
Reply
:iconsoul-of-sorrow:
Soul-Of-Sorrow Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
Such a gorgeous picture with a gorgeous concept :D
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
thank you so much :heart:
Reply
:iconsoul-of-sorrow:
Soul-Of-Sorrow Featured By Owner May 28, 2009
No problem ;)
Reply
:iconk-boyd-photography:
K-Boyd-Photography Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
I don't know the song but I do remember butterfly kisses when I was a little girl....then giving them to my kids when they were little too - such a lovely moment to share and this recalls it beautifully :heart:
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner May 24, 2009
oh you have to listen to it, I love it :heart:
thank you so much! :blowkiss:
I hope some day I will give my cute, little children butterfly kisses =)
Reply
:iconnikkancs01:
nikkancs01 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
wow, good!
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009
thanks :blowkiss:
Reply
:iconkiacenia:
Kiacenia Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Mir gefällt das Bild super :)
Und ist ne klasse Idee mit dem Schmetterling!
Liebe Grüße
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
freut mich :blowkiss:
Reply
:iconfollowmebackhome:
FollowMeBackHome Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
i adore this picture and really want to help you by writing a critique [even though i'm not sure how much i could help], but it doesn't load for me =/ it's been loading for like half and hour, but didn't advance at all, so i gave up. and can critique it in a comment if you want, though. sorry about that =/
Reply
:iconrona-keller:
Rona-Keller Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009
aww that's so sweet of you! Don't worry about not being able to help, because I appreciate every comment I get (except for those that say "I'm first" :roll:).
I think it doesn't work because you're not subscribed, could that be? But I'm sure the function will be instilled for everyone soon, because it's well received until now. (:
I would be happy about a critique then, but I appreciate a comment as well, just do it as you like. :hug:
Reply
Add a Comment: