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Challenge: Dirty Abstract (Standard Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Nikon D7200
Lens: Tokina AF 12-24mm f/4.0 AT-X Pro DX
Date: Jun 9, 2017
Aperture: 4.0
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/3200
Date Uploaded: Jun 11, 2017


Place: 2 out of 47
Avg (all users): 6.3208
Avg (commenters): 9.2000
Avg (participants): 6.5556
Avg (non-participants): 6.0769
Views since voting: 685
Views during voting: 107
Votes: 53
Comments: 12
Favorites: 1 (view)

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07/03/2017 05:05:32 PM
Congrats, Tom! Very cool dirt.
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07/02/2017 09:21:05 AM
The Good Earth. And congrats on the deserved ribbon!
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07/01/2017 01:35:23 PM
Beautifully composed. Congrats on the red.
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07/01/2017 08:14:51 AM
Like an alien love poem scratched in the earth eons ago,maybe. anyhow- congrats!
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06/30/2017 03:52:32 AM
Love the colours and textures. Many congrats on the ribbon, Tom.
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06/30/2017 12:09:30 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon. You've got a lovely, abstract arrangement of textures and colours - and dirt.
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06/30/2017 12:04:25 AM
Congratulations on your ribbon.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/29/2017 11:50:52 AM
Love the textures on this
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06/28/2017 11:38:21 PM
just right 9
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06/25/2017 10:50:43 PM
So far this is my number 1 pick. Very nice example of dirty abstract. 10
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06/25/2017 04:54:53 AM
I'm not sure I understand 'dirty' abstract, even after reading the challenge description. I am sure that it doesn't matter to me.

I have chosen my five favourite entries and have given each of them a score of 10. This is one of the five. And all five get the same comment, because what I can say about any of them applies equally to all of them.

These are the relevant definitions that I like (today):
Abstract. Existing conceptually but not physically.
Abstract Art. Graphic poetry in which a sophisticated idea is communicated without saying it out loud.

This photograph qualifies as abstract art.

One the one hand, it's not merely a negligently rendered version of reality, which is what blurry photographs are: that's not abstract art.

On the other hand, it's not patently meaningless, which is what random colour blobs and swirls are: that's not abstract art.

On the third hand (you see how difficult abstract art is ... you need three hands to even hope to juggle it), It clearly suggests something, refers to something, means something, goes somewhere; but it intentionally withholds the key and leaves the beholder to get down on his-or-her knees and pick the lock: that is abstract art.

And the really good ones, like this one, have more than one possible lock, that opens more than one possible door.

So, 10 for you, and the Order of the Thumb, and my thank you.
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06/23/2017 03:17:56 AM
lotsa lotsa. texture, muted colors, light, shadows, interesting shapes. Well done! I'll be looking at this again, but for now, a 9.
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