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Challenge: Car/Automobile (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: 2015 challenge
Camera: Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS
Date: Nov 5, 2015
Date Uploaded: Nov 5, 2015


Place: 21 out of 27
Avg (all users): 5.2143
Avg (commenters): 6.8000
Avg (participants): 5.5500
Avg (non-participants): 5.0800
Views since voting: 711
Views during voting: 141
Votes: 70
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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11/18/2015 02:39:58 PM
John, you at your best with this photograph. The title and image work so well together. Jack Kerouac's novel "On the Road" comes to mind. Terrific!
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11/18/2015 08:14:03 AM
About goodbyes; thatís a good title. Apt. I embrace it, especially as my membership expires in a few days.

Well, itís the usual last page placement for you, with this stellar 21/27 finish.

Wait a minute Ö 27 entries? Thatís pretty telling. All this time, all these cameras, all these impotent megapixels scattered like spilled spermatazoa, all these blathering forums, all these arguments about Canon versus Nikon; and still thereís just 27 entries, of which 25 are most mercifully forgotten as far as Iím concerned.

What is a camera if it is not an instrument for divining the soul? Sounding the depths of the human condition?

Using a camera as a mere recording device is such a dismal thing. Iím convinced that almost all of the people who own cameras are the worst possible people to possess them. Itís like guns; the only people who should be allowed to own a gun are the people who donít want to. Or politicians: the only people who should be allowed near public office are those who abhor the idea and would refuse it.

So, 27 entries. It makes sense. When DPC was young, digital photography was young. Almost everything was new. But now, digital photography has become democratized such that itís no more difficult, and no more notable, than drawing breath. Any mutt can do it, and so they do. Over and over and over again. Bow wow wow.

So how difficult, how admirable, how heroic, is it to consistently (more than 1000 times!) stab holes in the very horizons of whatís comprehensible, what's acceptable, in an age when the popular desire is to reduce everything to a simplistic, mindless meme instantly understood by everyone in the world? Je suis Charlie, and so forth. Answer: itís very difficult indeed, and the price you pay is to be on the last page every time. If there were a page after the last page, youíd be on that.

But what if you can do this 1000+ times, always knowing in advance what will happen, ever knowing the weight of willful, even eager, mediocrity that will blanket and smother you, and you still do it anyway?

I canít tell you how much I admire you for that.

This photograph is in the Purple Heart tradition. You keep bleeding for people who in the most part have no fucking clue what they owe you for your blood.

But letís put aside all that noble-but-misunderstood artist stuff, before you start hacking off your ears. Letís consider the thing democratically; with just say 10% of our brainpower. The challenge is to, ďTake a picture where a car/automobile is the main subject in your pictureĒ. So the lumpen, leaden interpretation of that is to show a picture of a car that is unequivocal and documentary. This is a car. This is a sexy car. This is a bright, shiny, sexy car. Or an old car. A grungy, rusty old car. But almost no one shows us what a car is; what a car means. The figurative essence of a car from a humanistic viewpoint.

But you do. Thank you.

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11/16/2015 02:26:07 AM
just enough
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11/15/2015 10:40:49 PM
a strange marvel

Posthumous Blue Ribbon

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11/15/2015 10:28:58 AM
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11/12/2015 03:07:25 AM
The lout color of the car is very strongly muted. The trees also appear to be in color. Perhaps the car was intended to be muted in its presence in the scene, but it feels almost incidental in a "Car/Automobile" challenge.
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11/11/2015 03:40:31 PM
This photo is depressing. Maybe that was the goal. I upgraded my vote a bit based on that assumption.
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11/10/2015 11:28:14 PM
nice to see an entry trying to be oob but imho not enough about the car - 5
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