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Challenge: Free Study 2015-05 (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Sony Alpha a7 II
Lens: Custom Made Pinhole
Date: May 23, 2015
Date Uploaded: May 23, 2015

[Jun. 7th, 2015 11:04:38 AM]

i am absolutely thrilled with the blue thumb (thank you Ubique) and the wonderful comments. thank you.

and thank you Don for the hanging

Place: 134 out of 157
Avg (all users): 5.0875
Avg (commenters): 9.1000
Avg (participants): 5.2034
Avg (non-participants): 4.7619
Views since voting: 712
Views during voting: 134
Votes: 80
Comments: 23
Favorites: 6 (view)

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11/28/2019 10:45:59 AM
Pulled in. I missed this its last few trips through. I am grateful for the comments helping me see this image. I have learned because of DPC why this is a pertfect image.

Thank you.
11/23/2019 11:22:49 AM
Iím still here; still totally in your thrall.

I canít figure out for why everyone ainít.

One of the most evocative, most inspirational photographs ever. Not just DPC. Ever.

01/21/2018 04:49:03 AM
Iím still here. Still thrilled to my core.
Thank you.
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08/20/2017 08:51:13 AM
It's now more than two years since I first looked at this picture. I still think of it often. I actually do hear the thin and distorted marching music, broadcast through a cheap public address system, displaced slightly in time from what I'm seeing. As if the visuals and the audio have slipped slightly out of synch.

It's one of the tiny treasure trove of pictures on DPC that I most revere because it is so effortlessly evocative. It is unmistakably a picture from my own history, depicting an event I never attended at a place I have never been. And yet it is me. It is my history, my memory, my picture.

It's not a picture of a thing. It is what I said in the section of my original comment entitled "Documentary v Recollection". That is, it is an echo of a thing. And it's the echo that has the indelible meaning, and not the thing.

Everything that makes photographs magical is in this one. So rare, so perfect, so beautiful. Marla, thank you.

Message edited by author 2017-08-21 03:43:06.
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06/08/2015 02:58:50 PM
i can not imagine this being any better. perfect!
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06/08/2015 12:52:54 PM
killer pinhole, killer dog, brilliant assemblage.
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06/08/2015 12:20:31 PM
I agree Henry the pinholes don't usually score well ( unless made by ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/31_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' whiteroomor my clever brother ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' pointandshoot). But the score doesnt really matter. I am grateful there are people here that appreciate them.
Thanks again for all of the wonderful comments.
06/08/2015 12:03:16 PM
I was another of your 10's. I'm delighted to see Ubique thumbed you. For my part, I'm blown away by the Dachshund, and the emergent T-bird (my Aunt had one just like that) is sublime :-)
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06/08/2015 11:49:28 AM
Guess I forgot to bump this to 10... sorry about that. Lovely shapes & dog.
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06/08/2015 11:21:55 AM
I thought this might be a pinhole. The fact that this scored so poorly and yet received wonderful praise is something worth contemplating. Makes me feel good just knowing I appreciated it. Congratulations on your well deserved bling.
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06/08/2015 01:09:31 AM
this just proves that there is a distinct difference between an out of focus snapshot and and absolute brilliant photo!

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06/08/2015 01:03:27 AM
Just brilliant! as i read the comments-- how many shots in recent DPC history have evoked the comments you just got!

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06/08/2015 01:01:12 AM
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/07/2015 10:46:33 PM
evocative. I'm hanging this in my fantasy art gallery

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06/07/2015 09:18:26 PM
love the dog. progress of a memory as it fades into its romanticised stage before becoming legend, then myth, then...8
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06/07/2015 06:47:36 PM
Going back for some comments-
I gave this a 10--
I love the look of this.
I almost feel like the car might of dictated the style of processing to give it that 50's photo feel.
I could be way off base but I still really liked it..
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06/07/2015 04:21:00 PM
If indeed, one must go out... this is the way to do it. I imagine the perspective/focus from this POV is obscured by tears.
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06/07/2015 10:30:52 AM
Lovely moody catch! The crop on the car, marchers in white, and that black dog pull me in.
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06/07/2015 09:02:42 AM
One of those images that keeps one absorbed. I hear the fanfare, i feel the heat, the dust and am one with the dog! Excellent stuff and a bunmp to 10
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06/06/2015 05:39:58 AM
I like figuring this out
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06/04/2015 10:40:54 PM
That dog makes the shot. Fascinating.
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06/04/2015 10:44:03 AM
This is my top pick, so letís get that out of the way first: itís the cursed Order of the Blue Thumb for you, plus a 10.
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Why my top pick? Itís a negligent photograph as far as conventional craftsmanship goes. Blurry, indistinct, distant, and taken after the marchers have passed so we donít even know who or what they are. Thatís enough to warrant curt dismissal of the picture by many viewers and especially (alas) by most photographers who are disadvantaged by their very fixed, and limiting, idea of what makes a good photograph.

Exquisite Negligence
But the negligence in this photograph is not only deliberate; itís also beautifully judged, both in conception and execution. Negligent, low-fidelity photographs are fairly easy to do badly (see some of my own crap), and exquisitely difficult to do well. And this one is done far better than Ďwellí. Itís quite sublime.

This photograph is not itself a parade of course, but nor is it merely a picture of a parade. Itís neither, and yet itís both, and more. Itís an elegy to both the parade (and all it stands for as a human celebration) and the meaning of a photograph (and all that stands for as a human icon). Not the actual thing, nor a particularly satisfying record of the thing, and yet it addresses and transcends both.

Documentary v Recollection
Hereís the difference. Obviously this is not the kind of parade picture youíd expect to see in next dayís local newspaper. What it is is the picture you see in your memory, long after the event. It doesnít depict the parade; it depicts the feeling and the memory of watching a parade go by. So itís really a recollection Ö of parades and celebrations, of small town life, of certain indelible prosaic markers in your own history (the period car, the ordinary people with names no longer recalled, even the self-important small dog present at every local event). It captures and recalls some of the fragments that shape memory, and the uncertainty of memory too.

A picture canít do these things Ė canít transport every viewer to a different place and a different personal moment Ė if it is explicit. Thus this is a wonderfully apt use of a carefully judged absence of fidelity. It would be diminished, and rendered unconvincing, if it were a conventional high-fidelity documentary photograph. The photograph would no longer have that rare quality that distinguishes it Ė the ability to be equally relevant and evocative to every viewer, pretty much regardless of personal history and experience.

Skill Disguised
You have also sneaked in some clever technical skill, behind your mask of apparent negligence. One in particular is the composition, which makes beautiful use via perspective of leading lines that pass obliquely through the picture into nothing, just as do the marchers themselves.

Whatever Next?
On an intellectual level the picture is ripe with allegory, where the marchers represent the march of human life itself, and of civilisations with their brief shining moment in the sun, banners waving and drums beating, and then their inevitable passing.

But now I go too far with this fanciful allegory stuff! Enough is to recognize and appreciate the difference between a parade, a picture of a parade, and an object that celebrates the meaning of both. And thatís what this is. Thank you.
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06/02/2015 02:13:01 PM
Absolutely stunning.
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