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"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston

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Challenge: Classic Novels (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-60D
Lens: Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Date: Oct 13, 2013
Aperture: 16.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4
Date Uploaded: Oct 15, 2013

As the title indicates, God plays a huge role in the novel, but this God is not really the Judeo-Christian god.
The book maintains an almost Gnostic perspective on the universe: God is not a single entity but a diffuse
force. This outlook is particularly evident in the mystical way that Hurston describes nature. At various
times, the sun, moon, sky, sea, horizon, and other aspects of the natural world appear imbued with divinity.
The God in the title refers to these divine forces throughout the world, both beautiful and threatening, that
Janie encounters. Her quest is a spiritual one because her ultimate goal is to find her place in the world, under-
stand who she is, and be at peace with her environment.
Thus, except for one brief reference to church in Chapter
, organized religion never appears in the
novel. The idea of spirituality, on the other hand, is always present, as the novel espouses a worldview rooted
in folklore and mythology. As an anthropologist, Hurston collected rural mythology and folklore of blacks in
America and the Caribbean. Many visions of mysticism that she presents in the novel—her haunting person-
ification of Death, the idea of a sun-god, the horizon as a boundary at the end of the world—are likely culled
directly from these sources. Like her use of dialogue, Hurston’s presentation of folklore and non-Christian
spirituality celebrates the black rural culture

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Place: 51 out of 86
Avg (all users): 5.6699
Avg (commenters): 5.8824
Avg (participants): 5.6000
Avg (non-participants): 5.7143
Views since voting: 197
Views during voting: 204
Votes: 103
Comments: 17
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
10/22/2013 11:50:29 PM
at last. 9. 10
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10/22/2013 09:52:39 PM
my first reaction is 'ugh, a picture of a sculpture' but then I saw the novel and I felt a connection there. Not just that, the title itself. Not only can't we see God, we can't see the eyes that are watching God. Only the tracks of their tears. 7
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10/22/2013 08:51:16 PM
I like the composition and the lighting.

Gave it a 7
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10/22/2013 11:01:05 AM
interesting visuals and textures.
6 from me
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10/21/2013 06:44:23 PM
Given the strong racial content of the book, I think this image does a strangely good job of evoking the feel of the novel's subject.

Composition isn't quite what I think I'd like - but it's generally quite good.

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10/21/2013 04:51:28 PM
The photograph is techincally good with clean textures and extended black & white tones. From the synopsis of the book, this seems only remotely connected with the story. Instead it takes inspiration from the title alone out of its likely aligorical context. I like the artwork, but can't validly give a good score of it as yours. 3
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10/21/2013 09:47:41 AM
good find for what it is not much merit as a photo but doesn't matter 6
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10/20/2013 08:45:20 PM
An interesting image. Nice find. 6
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10/19/2013 06:17:10 PM
I'm not sure what the tie to the story is with this shot. I have only read the synopsis, so I may be missing something. I like the grey tones, but would like a little stronger blacks and whites. The missing left portion of the statue distracts some as well. 5
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10/18/2013 11:04:02 AM
The image was nicely captured -- technically a good photo. Yet I feel that the symbolism of it all is presented, not by the photography, but by the original piece of art which was photographed here.

6 would be fair.
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10/18/2013 12:20:22 AM
For me this is a great shot
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10/17/2013 10:43:35 PM
3...this is so cold and hard. I don't see a connection to the story at all. Nothing about this says early 20th American South, much less the story of an African American woman making here way through life in that era. To me this just looks like a photograph of another persons sculpture.
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10/17/2013 10:18:15 AM
A lot of gray tones here.
Good detail. Fitting title.
Just not really catching my eye. Gave it a 5
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10/16/2013 11:38:15 PM
A brave novel from an African-American writer at a time of turmoil. The cultural sculpture reinforces your choice.5.
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10/16/2013 09:59:52 PM
Very abstract, yet appealing in its off-the-wall nature! Perfect decision to go with B&W.
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10/16/2013 07:00:48 PM
I had to look up for this.
There is always the question of the provenance of the object of your photo.
I am not fully convinced by the framing of the head neither am I happy with the processing. The background could have let the head be more detailed, especially since it has these beautiful details of tears and wear and tear
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10/16/2013 12:03:19 PM
Uninteresting and processing doesn't suit .4.
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