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Ladder to Freedom
Ladder to Freedom

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Challenge: Art of 2016 (Standard Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Sigma 10- 20mm f/3.5 EX-DC HSM
Location: Queensland Australia
Date: Oct 20, 2016
Aperture: 13.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/50
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2017


Place: 25 out of 150
Avg (all users): 6.0495
Avg (commenters): 7.0000
Avg (participants): 6.2025
Avg (non-participants): 5.5000
Views since voting: 212
Views during voting: 209
Votes: 101
Comments: 10
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01/26/2017 08:47:01 PM
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Once we learned that all air travel had been halted, a feeling of certain doom arose. It was difficult to imagine getting home without a plane, although this grew more and more ironic as the water levels rose. We should have been able to float home. With the ever-wetter weather, the ground at Camp became a perma-muck, an endless squelching ooze with a voracious hunger for sandals and shoes. We belted ours onto our feet with clumsy bits of twine and rags in attempts to combat the vacuum. In time, we would grow nostalgic for that muck.

With the insidious rise of water, past ankles, then knees, groups of us would frequently wade-stumble out to the Camp wall as if mass-somnambulating. We would arrive and just look at it... longingly, lustily, indignantly, reproachfully. But this torrid affair was unrequited - the wall bore no reciprocal imprint of our existence. The structure was an odd hodgepodge of successive vertical barriers, about 20 feet high. The ground level consisted of massive boulders, upon that, masonry, upon that, chain-link with razor wire, and at the very top, a fine mesh in a wooden grid, stabilized by fat wooden poles. Rumor was that the seemingly delicate netting at the top was electrified or poisoned, that it couldn't be touched or hurdled. Mercifully, that rumor was as much of a lie as anything else the government had told us.

 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/24/2017 09:12:08 PM
very pleasing graphic.
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01/24/2017 06:55:31 PM
This is a really good interpretation of fine art to me. It would've been so awesome if a little child was possibly climbing over that ladder, but alas it was not to be, already voted.
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01/24/2017 05:25:10 PM
I love this. That ladder is crucial. I hope you get a ribbon for this.
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01/24/2017 01:57:49 PM
This struck me on first view and I wondered long and hard about the "art" question, though in this singular case for some reason my score wasn't affected by my answer to that question. Makes me ponder if I am to climb to escape or climb to enter in. Wonderful photograph.
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01/23/2017 11:18:24 AM
I don't know why but this reminds me of the work of Agnes Martin.
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01/22/2017 04:49:09 PM
A fence in the middle of water - an odd thing, to be sure. Makes me wonder just exactly what it's keeping in or out.
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01/22/2017 02:44:08 PM
Nice tones and composition.
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01/19/2017 08:47:03 PM
We'll make our move at high tide. The vignette treatment isn't needed. Nice find!
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01/19/2017 01:14:06 PM
Oh, I like the murky waters on each side of the fence. All is illusory
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