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07/31/2005 08:59:25 AM · #1
Ok, so we can get our minds out of the toilet.... any original ideas of affluence besides diamonds and big houses???

Judy
07/31/2005 09:10:41 AM · #2
Affluence is relative to one's current surroundings. What one considers an abundance of wealth, may seem lesser to another person and they will not get the connection. For that reason, I have no ideas, and will not enter.
07/31/2005 09:11:15 AM · #3
I wondered when this thread was gonna start.... Here's my public-service announcement, LOL:

Affluence Giving You the Blahs?

If so, this is a golden opportunity to step ouitside the box. Why? Because "affluence" is a relative concept. Think of the old bromide, "I wept because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet." There are myriad opportunities to show affluence in realistic, human terms. One need not confine oneself to excessive wealth, to a glut of material things.

(end public service announcement)

I have no clue how the voters will respond to subtlety in handling this topic, but I'll certainly have MY eye open for it...

Robt.

addendum: I have made an honest attempt to present this in such a way as not to outrage those who can't stand threads that try to force a certain viewpoint on others. In fact, as things stand right now MY affluence entry is pretty conventional; after all, I live in an area that is loaded with conventional examples of affluence...

PS: Woot! Rock on deapee! A man after my own heart!

Message edited by author 2005-07-31 09:12:10.
07/31/2005 09:14:53 AM · #4
Righty o- but the challenge rules say

" Knock us out with your representation of material wealth."

That sounds pretty diamonds and big houses to me. And I'm not even narrow minded. LOL

J
07/31/2005 09:20:40 AM · #5
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Righty o- but the challenge rules say

" Knock us out with your representation of material wealth."

That sounds pretty diamonds and big houses to me. And I'm not even narrow minded. LOL

J


material wealth -- compared to someone who has what? Compared to someone who has very little, material wealth cound be a new truck, or a mansion or a pair of new shoes, or any car at all...see what I'm saying?
07/31/2005 09:23:18 AM · #6
welllllllllllll...if you live in the country (and don't mean country ESTATES) wealth might be a welded iron fence verses poor mans 'patched' bob-wire... no greater wealth than that which God has given us...rolling hills, grassy meadows, love of parent critter to child..etc. etc. so like deapee... I might hafta refrain..my idea of wealth isn't the beaten path..but good luck to everyone that submits :-)
07/31/2005 09:39:50 AM · #7
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Ok, so we can get our minds out of the toilet.... any original ideas of affluence besides diamonds and big houses???

Judy


How about fancy cars? ;)
07/31/2005 09:54:35 AM · #8

I finally came up with an original (I hope) idea for this challenge but I'm having real trouble capturing it the way I vision it! But, I don't want to give up and go the easier route....but then again, it all might be worth naught and it'll get shot down in flames come voting time anyway!

hehehe

07/31/2005 10:17:13 AM · #9
OK, I gotcha.

Yeah, I did shoot some more "traditional" shots, but nothing turned out the way I liked. Then I took one, edited it and loved it - oops - basic editing. Oh well (sigh) ... back to square one.

Heh, there's always a golden toilet! ha ha ha ha

J
07/31/2005 10:25:29 AM · #10
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Ok, so we can get our minds out of the toilet.... any original ideas of affluence besides diamonds and big houses???

Judy


I can't think of anything better to represent affluence than a diamond-encrusted toilet.
;-)
07/31/2005 10:37:43 AM · #11
Originally posted by Jutilda:


Heh, there's always a golden toilet! ha ha ha ha

J


(Tongue in cheek post follows) Let's not confuse "affluence" with the wretched excess of the nouveau riche...

Robt.
07/31/2005 02:36:04 PM · #12
Again this challenge is very personal, because we're asked to show OUR representation of MATERIAL wealth.

Well for me, living in a small farmhouse out in the country with no central heating and such, I only have to take a shot at any kitchen in the USA to show you MY representation LOL

No, serious, this is one of those challenges where the voters pobably won't grasp the meaning of lots of photographers, because material wealth can mean so many different things to each person individually.

I'm not sure if I will enter, haven't given it a thought yet.
Not even sure I want to go through with all these challenges, because I get the feeling 'the mass' can't see very well beyond the obvious. I mean, I really don't care if a photo isn't technically 100% as long as it speaks to me and looking over all the winning photos, there are only a few that really reach my heart.

Well, I've always been known as someone who's standing outside the box when everybody else was in, so...nothing new I guess.

No offence to anybody, it's me, I just don't want to 'fit in',


07/31/2005 02:38:18 PM · #13
Originally posted by Jutilda:

Ok, so we can get our minds out of the toilet.... any original ideas of affluence besides diamonds and big houses???

Judy


Folks will probably shoot a picture of their "L" lenses. Even a picture of their PSCS2(Photoshop CS2) box and I would consider it on topic :P

Message edited by author 2005-07-31 14:39:39.
07/31/2005 02:41:57 PM · #14
This one like the other abstract challenges will be won by shots of baby animals, children & macros. =)

Of course the baby animals and children will be dressed in Prada and the Macros will be of 20Cts diamonds ;)

Good luck all
07/31/2005 04:01:41 PM · #15
I wish I could shoot contrast, there's a lot of that where I live..this also reminds me of my own kids when small how they whined about not having this or that toy or Playstations, how absolutely poor we must be, until they took notice of how other people lived and how their children had no bought toys whatsoever! But, my kids are all grown up now so it would be someone else's chance to try this out :)

Message edited by author 2005-07-31 16:11:16.
07/31/2005 04:04:55 PM · #16
One book I thought of when i heard the challenge theme was "Material World" by peter Mentzel, an amazing book of photographs where 30 statistically average families from around the world emptied their homes of all their posessions, so they could be photographed with all their posessions in front of their homes. A stong reminder of how out possessions define who we are. If you don't know this book I highly reccomend it.
07/31/2005 04:20:40 PM · #17
Or what Weegee had to say in his usuall gritty depressing style.
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07/31/2005 04:23:09 PM · #18
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

One book I thought of when i heard the challenge theme was "Material World" by peter Mentzel, an amazing book of photographs where 30 statistically average families from around the world emptied their homes of all their posessions, so they could be photographed with all their posessions in front of their homes. A stong reminder of how out possessions define who we are. If you don't know this book I highly reccomend it.


No doubt, a great book. I love it.
07/31/2005 04:32:50 PM · #19
Originally posted by deapee:

Originally posted by Jutilda:

Righty o- but the challenge rules say

" Knock us out with your representation of material wealth."

That sounds pretty diamonds and big houses to me. And I'm not even narrow minded. LOL

J


material wealth -- compared to someone who has what? Compared to someone who has very little, material wealth cound be a new truck, or a mansion or a pair of new shoes, or any car at all...see what I'm saying?


I have been thinking about this challenge in the same way as J; but this conversation reminds me of a story told to me by an American fellow who spent some time in Africa several decades ago:

I was twenty years old at the time. I shared a small room with another fellow my age. It was in the back of of a small three bedroom bungalow occupied by a family with children. I owned two pairs of work shoes, seven shirts & trousers, seven pairs of underwear and one set of 'Sunday' clothes. Nothing more. I went to work every day with a small crew of Zambians who were building small three bedroom bungalows with concrete floors. After a few months a fellow I'd been working with the whole time, named Isaiah came up to me and said 'You are a very rich man, yes?' And I said to him "Why do you say this?" Because I thought of myself as a man of far less than modest means. He said "You have two pairs of working shoes." And I said "Isaiah, what makes you think I have two pairs of working shoes?" And he said "The paint spots on this pair is different from the paint spots on the other pair." And indeed, it was true: I did have two pairs of work shoes. They were both old and any reasonable person would have contemplated discarding them. But my second pair of almost worthless work shoes elevated me to the status of a 'very rich man.' Isiah had been coveting my shoes for weeks, noting each paint spot and imagining the luxury of walking in my shoes.

With this in mind, I wonder whether an old shoe or a glass of drinkable water ought not be judged as meeting the challenge. For billions of people these represent affluence.


07/31/2005 04:36:47 PM · #20
Loved the photos of people's belongings! What a revelation, it would be so embarassing if I had to do this, all the stuff one hoards over the years!
07/31/2005 05:38:32 PM · #21
Here´s on that doesn´t have to move much out in a way of belongings, she´s houseproud though, sweeping the front step..

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07/31/2005 05:48:00 PM · #22
To me another form of Affluence is Stuff out of place that must of cost a fortune. Like a hand made stone fence around a field where everyone else has barbbed wire. Or, a wooden house in emaculate condition where all the others a adobe brick. Or two air conditioners on a roof, where others have one in a window. Or a porche sitting on a rode where there are nothing but bikes and horses, where you know that porche will not make it 5 blocks before it is hung up by its middle section and the horses wull be needed to pull it off.

Things out of place, because of money, I think, can be construed as Affluence as well.

Excuse the poor spelling. :-)
07/31/2005 06:04:57 PM · #23
hey! When you have to take a dump in a hole that you have dug yourself a couple of times, a toilet is a pretty good representation of material wealth IMHO!!
07/31/2005 08:51:13 PM · #24
Originally posted by mesmeraj:

hey! When you have to take a dump in a hole that you have dug yourself a couple of times, a toilet is a pretty good representation of material wealth IMHO!!


For some, it is a way of life. For others, its the North West trail. Setting is everything.
07/31/2005 09:23:31 PM · #25
I was riding in the back seat of my mom's car and saw a sign that said "wealthy st. detour" and there was a car dealership that sold BMWs and Mercedes....too bad I didn't have my camera :(
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