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The Cape
JakeKurdsjuk


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Challenge: Art of 2014 (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7100
Lens: Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
Date: Aug 1, 2014
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 900
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Feb 14, 2015

Street capture during Bethlehem Musikfest at a time when unrest over police shootings was beginning to escalate in the news. I saw the girl, newly wrapped in a cape she was just given by a street vender, walking down the street toward the cop. I snapped a couple shots and thought this was the most evocative since her face is completely obscured, allowing the viewer to imagine what thoughts might be on her mind as this new hero looks at the officer.

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(after voting)
Thank you all for the wonderful comments, and to MeMex2 for her advice and the idea bouncing. I was pretty sure this was my image, but originally I had left the girl in color (her shoes have every shade in the rainbow) as I felt it made a statement about untarnished heroism and dreams of greatness when set against the portly cop, whose brethren were in the news daily at the time for the possible killing of innocent lives. Jane convinced me to try it this way and I liked the ambiguity of the message more and decided it was the better shot. When I checked this the morning voting started I thought I had made a horrible mistake as it sat at 4.4 after 10 votes and I'd never seen a 4.anything. I was just hoping it would make 5 before it was done, but never expected it to get this high. Two of my favorites in the challenge placed immediately above this, so I don't feel so bad.

Statistics
Place: 52 out of 141
Avg (all users): 5.7045
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 5.7015
Avg (non-participants): 5.7143
Views since voting: 361
Views during voting: 226
Votes: 88
Comments: 12
Favorites: 3 (view)


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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/21/2015 11:42:30 PM
As close to a classic of street photography as an image can be.
Sort of a Pippi Longstocking encounter.
This is a fraction of a second of stillness that might pass invisible in our perception had it not been captured and frozen in a felicitous moment; not too intense but inducing a mental processes. What could be the next succession of events? Something bad can happen or something really comical or the whole thing won’t lead anywhere and was just a fleeting juxtaposition of elements without any connection between themselves and without any consequence.
This is a “photograph of possibilities” in the same way as (the Italian director) Antonioni’s films were defined as “cinema of possibilities”
I am taken by the sauciness of the girl and I love the greyness of a newspaper image.
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02/21/2015 10:41:48 PM
This is my favorite in the challenge. I think it is a wonderful, whimsical and authentic moment that works on so many levels. Not voting, but really loving it!
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02/21/2015 09:53:28 PM
I keep coming back to this one.... It's charming, a little precociuos and quirky all at the same time. Bump.
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02/21/2015 06:14:10 PM
A great capture. The juxtaposition is wonderful...
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02/21/2015 03:35:44 PM
Great capture. 8
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02/21/2015 12:56:39 PM
You captured that moment, innocence and attitude, naivety and experience, great photo.
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02/21/2015 08:30:27 AM
hilarious encounter. thanks for sharing.
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02/20/2015 12:36:17 PM
wild... I like everything about this.
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02/19/2015 05:10:37 PM
great shot
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02/15/2015 07:00:18 PM
Two different thoughts, two different lives.
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02/15/2015 02:42:02 PM
A good title would have been the cape and the cop
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02/15/2015 10:33:39 AM
This has it. Top ten.
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