First off, the raw emotion evoked from simply looking at the picture is astonishing. The light background gives a sense of surrealism. The unfocused second rose and its soft, muted colors are very easy on the eyes and provide a beautiful backdrop for the sharp, crisp image of the first rose. The frosted, almost fuzzy look of the rose lends it a fairy tale quality. The brittleness of the rose brings to mind the hard, uncaring life of all the lost souls. The fact that you used dead roses is just another indicator of the lost souls. And the dried quality of the roses puts me in mind of the emotion the lost souls must be feeling, like all the warmth and vitality has been sucked out of them. I freely admit to my ignorance of the lost souls and Spirit Day, so if this is totally off base, please forgive me. I very much liked the photograph and I was deeply moved by it.
I feel like the title of this picture was greatly misused. There is a frailness and a darkness to this picture and it truly shows through the hardness of the petals. Noticing the difference between the clear view of the closer rose than the distant rose, it is almost as though there is something between them that separates them forever. As for the rose in the distance, there are some attributes of it's image that truly stands out versus the all-defined rose in the front. Envisioning a poetic opinion, the back rose almost seems as though there is this power and emotion flowing... saying, "I'm still here and I need you now!" It's the urgency that shows and now that I have put that into perspective, "Lost Souls" could (emphasis on "could") be a particularly good name for this piece of art, but alas, I am still not seeing it based on the title alone. For the Vision, it is clearly seen that there is a strength found within these two roses. For Originality, the title of this art has been over used and I feel as though you can improve and come up with a better title than "Lost Souls." The Technique used in this I feel like the fading out in the back really focuses more on the meaning of the picture in of itself and that impacts it a lot. Speaking of... The Impact of this artwork really set me on road of remembrance because there was a time in my life where I felt the vulnerabilities of a rose petal yet the strength of it's thorns while still feeling lost and out of control. To me, that's huge and I congratulate you on that.