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05/21/2007 10:30:29 AM · #1
My image only got a 5.9 overall, but I got the greatest comment ever, thanks to posthumous:

When Pink Lady first joined forces with Dangermouse, nobody could have predicted what a fruitful collaboration it would be. It was just the new direction they needed after their rather frightening TV variety show. They wanted to prove to the world that they were not Shonen Knife Lite.

They accomplished that with their first single, a cover of the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat (with a baseball bat)" and were unrelenting from then on. Their original tune and title song "Preen" shocked the lounge-lizard world with its explicit depictions of gruesome maquillage accidents. I think Rex Reed said it best when he exclaimed "Pink has a whole new meaning for me now!"
05/21/2007 10:32:43 AM · #2
I must agree that I got the Posthumous "greatest comment". It was thoroughly enjoyed!
05/21/2007 11:04:21 AM · #3
yes, me too.
thank you so much Don!
05/21/2007 11:10:09 AM · #4
The desert (and the salt flat works as a desert in this photo) is one of the favorite landscapes of Surrealists (certainly for Dali), because it is so blank... it begs to be filled by the mind. Incongruous items placed in a desert lose their usual touch with reality and float there merely as concepts which can then be explored. You have merely to place some iconic "objects" in this context, i.e. "housewife" and "bed", to start the mind whirling. I agree that it is a "50s housewife," but would suggest this is simply because that is the most iconic of housewives (perhaps as a purposeful overreaction to the women who entered the workforce during world war II). More to the point than "50s-ness" is emptiness: note that there is no bed in the frame, and no shoes on her feet. Her chair is white and blandly curves outward, almost disappearing into the background. The subtext is that she is "barren," for some reason unable to fulfill her stereotypical mother role, and since she is a stereotype, floating in the mind, this is a critical problem. Her very identity is at stake here. Yet she is too trapped in her stereotype even to express her despair. The barrenness we feel is not transmitted in the usual, simplistic way, i.e. I see a model who is sad and therefore I am sad, but rather as a series of signs that we must interpret. For me, that creates a far more devestating effect.

To be honest, I didn't see all this until now. I thought it was merely Surrealistic, but then my eyes moved from the hollow bed to her bare, vulnerable legs surrounded by the white legs of her chair, and it hit me like a ton of bricks.

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You know when just one person takes the time to let you know they "get" your vision it makes all the difference.
05/21/2007 11:32:10 AM · #5
You're very welcome, all of you. I sometimes gripe about voting and how photos are received here at DPC, but the photos themselves are thrilling. Thanks to the photographers who make images that inspire me to comment.
05/21/2007 12:17:07 PM · #6
I have always wanted a posthumous comment but my photos do not seem worthy.
05/21/2007 12:43:24 PM · #7
Well if we're loking for posthumous in full poetic flow I rather liked this comment from him, on this picture

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"It is so hard to get a good picture of rain. agenkin has done it well. He captures the motion of rain, the energy of it. You have captured the feeling of rain, a texture of rain, as though rain were something unmoving in the air that we could touch. Everything in your photo is profoundly affected by this rain. Your son is under a tree because of it. The tree is heavy with it. Your dog defies the rain, and as such is almost banned from the photo. Notice that his form is balanced by a heavier presence of branches in the opposite corner. It is a perfectly balanced photo, which is rare in a photo so wide. The forms of son and tree curving against each other, the way the son's vertical is extended by some sort of branch in the foreground, this is perfectly composed the way a painting would be. But it is too momentary for a painting, and few painters would dare to paint only half a dog. No, this is pure photography. It is not painting, it is not reality, it is an impossibility: instead of water taking the shape of its container, the container takes the shape of water."
05/21/2007 01:11:21 PM · #8
I, too, must agree that my greatest comment ever was from posthumous during the DPL album cover challenge. Here's my pic and his comment (brackets are mine)...
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"More of a "project" than a "band," designing perfect lives is the brainchild of Jimsus Calibray, one of the new breed of laptop musicians. Named after his mother's two biggest heroes, Jimmie Dean and Jesus, Jimsus was obsessed with Kurt Vonnegut novels. Finally, he decided to write the soundtrack to Cat's Cradle. When he ran into copyright troubles, he decided to write his own Kurt Vonnegut novel about a society controlled by pills.

Finding the writing of novels a tremendously tedious task, he ended up skipping that step and going directly to the soundtrack, which also became the name of his "band"

The rest is Scifitronica history.

[place great score here]"


...I was so excited to read this that I emailed him and asked if Jimsus had a picture for his album :P Then he told me that he just made it all up because I inspired him so. I was simultaneously crushed and elated. Weird mix. Thanks Posthumous!!
05/21/2007 01:14:48 PM · #9
"Bobby, don't bring me plastic roses
I'm never gonna put them where my nose is
Bobby, I'm not in love,
Bobby, I'm not alone.

Call me...

on a plastic telephone."

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hehe... thanks!!
05/21/2007 01:45:01 PM · #10
For the record, from the moment I got a Posthumous comment and the dreaded "8" score from him, my score dropped from 6.25 to 5.98, and only ever recovered back to 6.17.

The dreaded Posthumous seal of approval and kiss of death ;D
05/21/2007 02:08:41 PM · #11
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DaPitL was really Dana Peavey Longstern, a musical prodigy who played all the instruments on her albums, sometimes two at a time. As her "band" name suggests, she yearned for the childhood she never got to have. Hers was spent in a poorly lit basement, where all the musical equipment was kept. Her mother had oversensitive hearing and couldn't bear to hear her child practicing. So Dana dreamed... and played... in the dark. She tried to build sunlight and meadows and trees with her music, but could never quite convince herself. She did sense, however, that there was a place, a slightly better lit place, somewhere within her music. The doorway seemed to be in the vicinity of a melody she wrote, the melody that would later become the first song on her eponymous album, "turn and pull". She played that melody over and over, trying to get closer to that door. When she learned to play the clarinet (it took her all of a day) she found that she could create windows to this magical place, windows glinting with her reflection. Unfortunately, her own eager visage blocked her view of whatever lay beyond.

One day her musical success brought her to New York City, where she thought she saw the same world... just beyond her reflection in the East River. They told her not to lean over so far, but she said "It's alright... I can fly."
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Wasn't sure how to take it at first, but now I see what's going on here. Thanks a lot for the time, and really appreciate it, posthumous! Also, I've read the others too - you're a genius for coming up with all this.

PS Unfortunately, the 10 from you didn't keep the image from finishing under 6.0 :-)
05/21/2007 02:21:06 PM · #12
Originally posted by Artyste:


The dreaded Posthumous seal of approval and kiss of death ;D


strangely enough the biggest reason why my picture creeped over to the 6 side is because of the posthumous 10.. I have broken the spell!!!
05/21/2007 02:43:24 PM · #13
Being a newbie (relatively) here on DPC, I feel honored to get a comment from Posthumous for this image. I really had a difficult time deciding on this album challenge but after reading his comment, it made every minute of it worth all the work and agony of decision making, not only for this challenge but for all challenge in the past and the future!

To Posthumous: I just want you to know that comments such as these inspire new photographers like me... I hope you do not tire making these comments. Before your comments, my album challenge entry was just another album cover. After your comments, it became a photograph with a story. It's so sweet!

All photographers you've made a comment on should band together and publish a book with their photographs accompanied by your eloquent spells!

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All the best lullabies are purple... deep purple... they fade into sunsets and shimmer on dark water. Purple is the last color to fade into darkness, and some think it never completely disappears. These are the lullabies and children's songs of Billie Holiday, recordings that no one even knew existed until they were found at Antiques Roadshow Louisianna. Buy them for your children, play them for yourself when the midnight hour comes scratching at your eyelids...

05/21/2007 02:50:56 PM · #14
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here ya go
05/21/2007 02:52:16 PM · #15
Here's the image from my previous post... sorry I'm still new to this.. I feel like I'm taking so much space... my apologies.

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05/21/2007 02:53:28 PM · #16
thanks Urfa! :)
05/21/2007 03:54:59 PM · #17
you guys are great.

I burnt out after about 70 of these, but if anyone else wants a story for their album, post the photo on this thread:

//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=481269

Message edited by author 2007-05-21 15:55:10.
05/21/2007 03:59:27 PM · #18
Originally posted by posthumous:

you guys are great.

I burnt out after about 70 of these, but if anyone else wants a story for their album, post the photo on this thread:

//www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&FORUM_THREAD_ID=481269


Dang, this reads like the bizarro sequel to "Poem for a Picture", the late-lamented, longest-running DPC literary thread :-) Great work, Posthumous!

R.
05/21/2007 04:05:21 PM · #19
Also from Don. I thought maybe he didn't take his meds when I first read it.

"DPL was to Tibetan monk chanting what cool jazz was to jazz. Nothing like a few tinkly bells to lighten up those guttural growls. Hey, she's not a Buddhist! How'd she get on the cover? Turns out she was the guest artist on their hit single, 'Hello Dalai'"

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