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Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Location: Berlin
Date: Jan 9, 2016
Aperture: 11.0
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/45
Date Uploaded: Jan 8, 2017

We don't need no, Education.
We don't need no, Thought control.

M8 Berlin

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Place: 16 out of 150
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Views since voting: 273
Views during voting: 207
Votes: 102
Comments: 18
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01/27/2017 11:07:24 PM
Originally posted by riot:

Snow in the Holocaust Memorial always makes it a promising scene. I like the way the figure or figures in the background stand out. However, the composition here seems to focus on the trampled snow in the foreground rather than the interplay of light and shadow on the concrete, which is the really interesting portion of this image. The building visible in the background is somewhat distracting, and I find myself wishing the background figure or figures were posed in a more interesting way. The image is also a bit tilted - a clockwise rotation of a few degrees, as well as a more careful crop to bring out the symmetry between left and right halves, would have helped strengthen the composition a lot, and could have turned this from a desaturated snapshot into a work of art.
Surprisingly often, I see a detailed criticism of a photo that does a great job of finding everything that makes the photo work, a better job than I could do. Here is an outstanding example. Thank God you didn't turn this from a snapshot into a work of art.

Message edited by author 2017-01-27 23:08:00.
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01/26/2017 08:00:13 PM
The Juried Awards, 2016
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The Wall

High key, black and white photography was invented for images like The Wall.
The solitary figure, the mottled and warn path, the forbidding walls, half dark, half light all combine to make this a compelling image.
Not only is The Wall compositionally excellent, with its leading lines, perfect balance and fascinating textures, it holds the possibility of much story-telling within its borders.
As we note those worn tiles and uneven edges along the pathway, we wonder: Is it a derelict building? Then, what could possibly be contained in those anonymous doors/openings in that long corridor. Why is there just one figure and where is his journey taking him? Is he the last or the first? And finally, where is the light coming from? It appears to be natural light, but from where?
The treatment of this image in black and white adds to the starkness and mystery of The Wall.
Excellent seeing on the part of the photographer. One wonders where he found this scene and how this photograph came into being.

So glad this was yours, MAK!

Message edited by author 2017-01-26 20:05:17.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2017 11:12:52 PM
wonderful epiphany of light
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01/24/2017 09:56:48 PM
glacial
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01/24/2017 09:56:42 PM
Snow in the Holocaust Memorial always makes it a promising scene. I like the way the figure or figures in the background stand out. However, the composition here seems to focus on the trampled snow in the foreground rather than the interplay of light and shadow on the concrete, which is the really interesting portion of this image. The building visible in the background is somewhat distracting, and I find myself wishing the background figure or figures were posed in a more interesting way. The image is also a bit tilted - a clockwise rotation of a few degrees, as well as a more careful crop to bring out the symmetry between left and right halves, would have helped strengthen the composition a lot, and could have turned this from a desaturated snapshot into a work of art.
  Photographer found comment helpful.
01/24/2017 01:28:07 PM
Escape route! Love the composition.
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01/24/2017 02:40:13 AM
Powerful contrast. Very nice.
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01/24/2017 01:54:34 AM
this is Berlin, isn't it? Great use of the location with that single person in the distance and the lights and shadows add even more mystery to that impressive memorial
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01/23/2017 08:16:26 PM
The distant figure provides scale, a hook for the imagination to grab, and a key point of interest tipping the balance toward art.
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01/23/2017 06:42:40 PM
Beautiful contrast. You have portrayed an exact feeling with respect to the snow and tracks. well done.
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01/23/2017 04:05:46 PM
Looking for an opening.
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01/23/2017 01:25:50 PM
Classic photo art
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01/23/2017 11:15:54 AM
Amazing what a simple inversion can do
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01/22/2017 01:57:02 PM
A complicated image that grows on me with each viewing. The burnt out whites are the perfect foil to the stark black figures. The dripping texture on the wall is mesmerizing. I could start to imagine this as a paining from someone's imagination but then the snow on the ground is a reminder that this is a photograph.
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01/21/2017 07:00:26 PM
yes
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01/19/2017 09:06:45 PM
Sawtooth shadows, a treacherous path.
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01/19/2017 01:24:45 PM
Walking on unchartered territory - or just walking on a big ship on a stormy ocean
There is something unfinished about this - perhaps the person in the distance is too dark, perhaps we shouldn't see anything in the distance....
voted already
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01/18/2017 11:05:00 AM
Great POV. This had to be in B&W. Top 10. A 9 from me
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