I agree with Robbie (Yamenja) that when we saw this it made a much greater impression than the photo does somehow, perhaps in no small part due to its prominent size.
The multiple depths of field are captivating here, particularly where you manage to bring the viewer into and through the picture plane itself by manipulating the several focal changes in short order and effectively isolating the main subject area through extremely sharp contrast.
this is a principle of hyperrealism and even photorealism. people cant understand the difference between a photo and a painting and what makes us with to paint like one. but thats cos they have never seen photorealism in reality. once you see it there, it can do much more than an enlarged photo can
photo doesnt do it justice...really hard to get good photos of paintings eh....still looks fab, but I know it's even lovlier than this....i think also sometimes dA robs some of the warmer tones from submissions