looks soft and dark to me.
What exactly does Esoteric mean, with regards to this post or your rejected image? I looked it up online and here is what I found:
es·o·ter·ic ( P ) Pronunciation Key (s-trk)
Intended for or understood by only a particular group: an esoteric cult. See Synonyms at mysterious.
Of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people.
Confined to a small group: esoteric interests.
Not publicly disclosed; confidential.
If you want to make the picture better you should start by bring out some of the shadow detail