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HOLOCAUST: The Irremoveable Nightmare
2nd PlaceHOLOCAUST: The Irremoveable Nightmare
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Numbers (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Location: Melbourne Australia
Date: Sep 15, 2008
Aperture: F4.5
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/200
Galleries: Emotive, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Sep 14, 2008

The Image: These are my dad's 80 year old arms. He is a sprightly 80 year old and he is a willing model. I should use him more often. I wrote the number on with a sharpie texta pen and used window light and my trusty 50mm 1.8. Dad is Italian and not jewish, so this was obviously a staged image for the challenge. He did live through the war in southern Italy and came to Australia 59 years ago this month. He is a great dad and sacrificed a great deal for us working hard to secure a future for his family.

The Edit: I grayscaled, duotoned, levels, USM, contrast, dodge and burn, changed the colour balance, sharpened and blurred. In the end I wanted a punchy contrast in the image. Duplicated a layer for linear burn and pulled back opacity.

Prediction: Haven't been close lately. Not going to guess :) Hopefully people will be moved as I find this an emotive image.

[Sep. 19th, 2008 01:45:21 AM]

Comments during Challenge: Currently at 6.9910 which is nice...I don't think it will ribbon as there are some great images in this challenge. I hope people will understand that this was not a Jewish person's arm, but a staged image, like most of our images are. I wanted to convey the drama of these numbers and the poignant imagery they represent. Thanks for the votes, faves and comments so far.

Post: My dad is going to be so happy that this ribboned. I am so proud of him.

Apologies to people who felt ripped off that this was staged, but I wanted to convey an emotion and remember something historically significant and poignant and I think I achieved that. While I was thinking about numbers, my mind went to this, so I had to be creative. Anyway, not apologising for it...I am proud of this image.

Statistics
Place: 2 out of 126
Avg (all users): 7.0526
Avg (commenters): 8.4167
Avg (participants): 6.9286
Avg (non-participants): 7.1429
Views since voting: 6897
Views during voting: 308
Votes: 133
Comments: 55
Favorites: 12 (view)


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09/26/2008 07:29:28 PM
A manufactured opportunity for a photo in this day and age? It's scandalous!

I appreciate the the thought, planning, and excellent execution of this image.

For the naysayers, please don't ever go to a commercial photo shot or video shoot. The shock may do you in.

:-)

This is great work.
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09/23/2008 11:59:05 PM
Wonderful shot Enzo, congratulations!
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09/23/2008 01:44:11 PM
His hands and arms look great for his age. :) Beautifully shot. Congrats on the ribbon!
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09/23/2008 11:40:35 AM
Touching to the emotions, very clever.
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09/23/2008 07:37:39 AM
Excellent work Enzo, congrats on the second place!
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09/22/2008 07:31:08 PM
congrats on a great shot that is full of emotion which is what we are all trying to convey with our photography in one way or another. Beautiful.
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09/22/2008 05:53:17 PM
great shot, Enzo. very well done.
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09/22/2008 05:35:33 PM
Enzo, one of your best. Tells a haunting story even without the title. Immensely moving, made more so by your editing choices. Congrats!
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09/22/2008 03:26:39 PM
Originally posted by levyj413:

Ok, I'm a little disappointed your model wasn't a real Holocaust survivor. It removes some of the impact for me. However, as a Jew, I'm very much in favor of anyone who creates imagery that helps the world remember the horror. Congrats, Enzo!


Generally speaking I would tend to agree with Jeffrey. However since I didn't see this until now I didn't confuse it for anything that it's not. It is a very convincing portrayal of historical significance and a well photographed one at that. Congrats on your red!
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09/22/2008 03:09:43 PM
Staged? Sure but it doesn't lessen its impact for me. I love the editing you've done here: it really adds drama to the shot and the placement of the hands works really well.

Congrats!
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09/22/2008 03:08:41 PM
I had an idea like this Enzo. Great impact for this shot. Congrats for the red ribbon, it's worth a blue for me. Ciao, Paolo.
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09/22/2008 02:29:08 PM
Congratulations on your Red Ribbon, great image.
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09/22/2008 01:32:13 PM
literally gave me goosebumps. quite powerful.
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09/22/2008 12:49:54 PM
Oh, great tribute, Enzo! My mother-in-law was a holocaust survivor, and irremovable nightmare is a very fitting title! CONGRATULATIONS!

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09/22/2008 12:29:01 PM
Bravo
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09/22/2008 11:55:11 AM
Wonderful ribbon! No apologies necessary for anything staged. You brought the emotion... and I don't care how you did it. *grin*
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09/22/2008 10:48:52 AM
Congrats on a fantastic image, Enzo!
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09/22/2008 10:43:42 AM
You're are an AMAZING photographer..this brought me to tears! Awesome job.
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09/22/2008 08:06:02 AM
Really great shot, very moving, also nice tones, and a fabulous idea, very well done.
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09/22/2008 07:25:00 AM
Very beautiful and touching. Congrats!
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09/22/2008 07:13:03 AM
Congratulations on the red ribbon!!!
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09/22/2008 04:44:30 AM
Just brilliant - am only sorry I didn't think of it as I know some 'real' survivors, but they are getting fewer on the ground each year.

I'm pretty sure Spielberg didn't use genuine victims or even exclusively jewish people when he made Schindlers List. It was the message that was important then ...as now....never forget! Thank you.
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09/22/2008 04:09:57 AM
Be very proud of this image Enzo .... it made us remember. Congratulations!
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09/22/2008 03:46:14 AM
Beautiful idea and very well accomplished, Enzo!
Looking forward to catching up.
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09/22/2008 02:54:52 AM
well done Enzo well deserved
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09/22/2008 02:26:57 AM
Staged or not, it is well done.. congrats on the red!
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09/22/2008 02:17:35 AM
Excellent Photo Enzo!! Congratulations on the well deserved ribbon.
I did not vote on this challenge , but this would have been my pick for the blue.
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09/22/2008 01:45:13 AM
Brilliant Enzo !!! Congrats on the red!
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09/22/2008 01:38:25 AM
Ok, I'm a little disappointed your model wasn't a real Holocaust survivor. It removes some of the impact for me. However, as a Jew, I'm very much in favor of anyone who creates imagery that helps the world remember the horror. Congrats, Enzo!
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09/22/2008 01:13:23 AM
Well done Enzo. Glad to see this make front page.
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09/22/2008 01:12:29 AM
poignant and moving ..
a brilliant image enzo .. :)
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09/22/2008 12:48:00 AM
Nice one Enzo!
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09/22/2008 12:45:56 AM
GREAT SCORE, and so very pleased it got the much deserved ribbon.....
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09/22/2008 12:39:35 AM
Beautiful and poignant shot Enzo...congrats on your red! Well deserved.
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09/22/2008 12:37:43 AM
Enzo - congratulations on the ribbon. Incredible imagery.
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09/22/2008 12:29:51 AM
Excellent concept, and great processing to get it to look as it does here.
Congrats on the Red!
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09/22/2008 12:21:16 AM
wow very powerful enzo..well done
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09/22/2008 12:16:53 AM
fabulous job! yay for ribbons!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/21/2008 10:07:29 PM
I like how the light and your processing enhances the textures and lines of the person's hands.
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09/21/2008 09:44:28 PM
What a poignant photo - well done.
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09/19/2008 06:09:35 AM
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09/18/2008 01:59:31 PM
An excellent reminder of something that should not be forgotten.
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09/17/2008 09:17:29 PM
Moving shot. Well done.
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09/17/2008 08:58:23 PM
WOW i feel this is pretty dramatic ..in the face of history ..great shot
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09/17/2008 03:19:00 PM
Very moving - the colors and the posture of the hands
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09/16/2008 06:28:28 PM
Very moving..
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09/16/2008 02:26:55 PM
i love that the photographer captured the history and everyone can look at this photo and remember what the numbers mean
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09/16/2008 01:07:58 PM
So much story in those hands. Starting with the horror, but continuing to show that with strength, people can overcome that to have a marriage and a long life. And the hands could belong to anyone, so it tells the story of all survivors, not just this particular one. On top of that, the shot is lit and composed well. Thanks for sharing this!
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09/15/2008 08:48:55 PM
Easily the most powerful image in this challenge. I really hope everyone else votes you high as well, this definitely deserves blue. 10 from me.
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09/15/2008 07:38:34 PM
poignant
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09/15/2008 01:40:39 PM
Incredibly poignant image. My only 10 given in the challenge
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09/15/2008 09:39:38 AM
Good idea, maybe a fraction oversaturated?
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09/15/2008 05:32:25 AM
such an emotive image
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09/15/2008 05:22:20 AM
Hard to comment on this. As a photo, I like the way the eyes are drawn to the hands first and then see the horrible number second. Nice tones, nice lines. 8
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09/15/2008 12:06:45 AM
this is a moving photo-9
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