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Challenge: Street Photography In Black and White (Basic Editing)
Collection: Through the Water
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: National Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Date: May 11, 2013
Galleries: Street
Date Uploaded: May 11, 2013

December 2014 Photo Essay
I have compiled the images I took through the water door at the National Gallery of Victoria into a montage of 15 images:

Through the Water

In the beginning there was an idea of turning a door into a water feature.

For years kids and adults interacted with the water showing curiosity, joy, wonder.

There is no end to horror of wars and disasters in the news coverage. I wanted my "essay" to be about happy, good emotions :)


Place: 12 out of 105
Avg (all users): 6.3182
Avg (commenters): 8.1538
Avg (participants): 6.3778
Avg (non-participants): 6.2874
Views since voting: 963
Views during voting: 298
Votes: 132
Comments: 27
Favorites: 5 (view)

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01/30/2019 11:38:29 PM
i just clicked on your utube video .. brilliant images .. such great candid captures .. LOVE IT .. !! ..:)
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01/30/2019 11:36:17 PM
this is poignant .. i love the adults hand .. almost protective of the small child .. beautiful image Margaret .. :)
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01/08/2015 06:45:07 PM
I've always admired that wall at the NGV. Makes it too easy sometimes with the uninhibited mobs of kiddies, but you have imbued the scenes with your particular magic. You have a wonderful eye for beauty but I would like to see you take that extra step to encapsulate a story with your shots, I suspect that you have it in you. A gorgeous collection regardless. Looking forward to your next one.
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01/01/2015 06:01:39 PM
I think your essay is not all positive. The distortions of the water sometimes move into the grotesque and frightening. If you're going to collect photos into groups, there is more pressure on you as a viewer of images, not just a creator of images. You have to be open to everything the photo is saying, good or bad, light or dark.
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12/30/2014 11:08:45 AM
Beautiful collection of images and very well presented. It's a seamless experience that flows along peacefully. For me, the first picture sets the tone and then we go along for the ride. I think you accomplished what you set out to create and should be proud of your finished product.

My only criticism is that it's to predictable for me to come back and watch again and again. I'd enjoy revisiting the individual images, at my own pace, but not the video. This has more to do with me than your essay. I wasn't challenged or given opportunities to question what you presented. I couldn't bring myself to press pause and break the rhythm.

I hope you'll continue to contribute to this side challenge. Thanks
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12/29/2014 11:02:01 PM
The video was a very pleasant experience. I had to come back to this site and reexamine the individual images for a better look, but only because i wanted to spend more time with than the video allowed. They are beautifully distorted figures and you handled them masterfully.
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12/29/2014 05:45:34 AM
Margaret, we don't often see things eye to eye. Maybe we never have done, in the past. But now ... now this is a charming essay, of which you ought to be proud.

You are a good, accomplished photographer. That's not in question. Your tastes are not mine, but that doesn't prevent my appreciating the essential beauty of this essay. Or perhaps I should say this collection. This album.

Because it's not really an essay, in the literal sense, ... but perhaps I'm just being overly literal. I want an essay to have a narrative that is more ambitious than the sum of its parts. I enjoy an essay that proposes, even if only by implication, a point of view that is unfamiliar, or uncomfortable. Something that presents a position of which I would not have thought, but for the essayist's premise.

But looking at this presentation, I wonder if I'm being too conservative? Too hidebound? You've made a virtue of the light touch here. It may be (for my taste only) the Barry Manilow take on photo essays, but I can't deny its charm, nor its beauty. It's a satisfying experience in terms of imagery and emotion.

I enjoyed this essay very much. Lovely photographs, and a deft touch in linking the whole together into a coherent production. Well done. I hope you'll do more collections in this charming vein.
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05/22/2013 02:00:23 PM
One of my top two choices. A great story and a lovely editing
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05/22/2013 08:16:13 AM
Suffer little children, a fav
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05/22/2013 04:54:27 AM
Congratulations a fav.
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05/22/2013 04:41:21 AM
IMO you give your best with this kind of shots - 6.31 is in some way offensive for the quality of this photo :)
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05/22/2013 12:17:51 AM
Superb if not a bit contrived.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/21/2013 11:38:58 PM
Front page stuff for me, great abstract and intriguing to look at well done ' . substr('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/110000-114999/114285/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1070026.jpg', strrpos('//images.dpchallenge.com/images_portfolio/110000-114999/114285/120/Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_1070026.jpg', '/') + 1) . '
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05/21/2013 11:16:37 PM
Art and a non-traditional street capture. I like it a lot. Voted earlier. Back to comment.
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05/21/2013 08:56:15 PM
Top pick! 10. I LOVE this!
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05/21/2013 01:38:34 PM
that hand at the top is perfect
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05/21/2013 10:48:19 AM
This is well liked this end,I think I know who took this but I can't remember,good luck always.
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05/20/2013 04:32:33 PM
a terrific feeling of emotion you have elicited.
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05/20/2013 10:55:13 AM
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05/19/2013 09:20:15 PM
I don't comment often.. but this has captured my attention in a big way. Wonderful!
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05/19/2013 07:31:56 PM
WOW, my favorite image artwork in this challenge.
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05/19/2013 06:10:42 PM
I love abstracts but as a "street photograph" it's hard to understand.
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05/19/2013 02:07:33 PM
love the mystery here!
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05/19/2013 05:31:40 AM
This an amazing capture!
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05/18/2013 10:52:40 PM
I love the concept showed in this shot. Very clever.
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05/17/2013 10:40:56 PM
Fantastical!!!!!!!!! 10
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05/15/2013 09:35:06 PM
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