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Mother and son
2nd PlaceMother and son

Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Emotion (Classic Editing)
Camera: Minolta DiMAGE F100
Location: Armissan / France
Date: Mar 23, 2003
Galleries: Portraiture, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Mar 23, 2003

Chantal and Vincent are my neighbours. Vincent is soon to be 30 years old. He is a great poser, a good neighbour, well integrated in village life and will spend the rest of his life with his parents. I don't know if this image "captures" emotion but chantal's eyes sure tell a moving story.

Place: 2 out of 71
Avg (all users): 6.8476
Avg (commenters): 8.4545
Avg (participants): 6.6038
Avg (non-participants): 7.0962
Views since voting: 6875
Votes: 105
Comments: 39
Favorites: 32 (view)

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04/04/2005 04:01:32 PM
What a lovely photo. You've captured the emotions well.
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11/18/2004 05:41:19 PM
I just came across this shot for the first time. It is simply beautiful. (favs)
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04/04/2003 10:47:40 PM
by karmat

Once again, I have the pleasure of studying one of your creations, adn getting to try and actually tell you something you need to do about it! Once again, I am hard pressed to find fault with this picture, but I can tell you what my opinions are on it, humble though they may be.

I love the pride and "dignity" that the man is showing. He seems pleased to be posing for you, and is a great capture of emotion. I assume Chantal is his mother, and though she looks more like, "okay, take the picture already," you can tell she is doing it because he enjoys it, adn that in itself gives her pleasure. Her stance is almost one of protection of him, and I wonder if the mood of the shot would be changed if their positions were reversed?

I am trained as a teacher for students with various "disabilities" (I prefer the term differences) so this shot really struck a nerve with me. So many times, society wants to cast those who are different away, or at least hide them. Vincent looks like to me he is ready to charge hell with a water pistol, and does not try to hide it. Judging from this shot, he has tried, and succeeded, and mom is very proud of him. Great emotional capture.

Technically, the background gives it a relaxed portrait mood (again contrasted with Vincent's pose), and the sepia tones are awesome. The only nitpicky critical thing I would say is that I wish he were further to the left of the frame. It feels like Chantal is crowded to me.
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04/03/2003 01:26:31 AM
Marvelous feel to this photo. It was definitely one of my favorites from the moment I saw it. (I had a good idea it was yours too :) Congrats on another fine finish!
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04/01/2003 01:17:29 PM
Congratulations JJ on photo of depth and feeling.

Message edited by author 2009-06-13 10:51:17.
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04/01/2003 12:56:08 PM
If you lost a long critique of this photo, please email drew@dpchallenge.com -- we have it. It begins "This is a great photo because of the..."
04/01/2003 08:59:35 AM
Wonderful shot!!! Congrats! My husband always tries to guess which photo is yours and is usual correct. He loves your pictures. Good job.
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04/01/2003 01:37:35 AM
Oh, this is truly a wonderful photo. I'm sorry but I never got any voting completed in this past week's challenge due to personal problems but if I had, you would have received a "10" from me! I just love the sepia colour and the love showing in this fellow's face!
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03/31/2003 01:32:58 PM
this is a truly awesome photo, i used to work with mentally disabled adults, and they are some of the most interesting and loving people. nice job bringing this to our attention
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03/31/2003 08:37:04 AM
wow! one of the my two highest rated shots--just awesome. great emotion from the mother and son---absolutely perfect.
03/31/2003 08:15:40 AM
Excellent capture. Belongs in National Geographic. Beautiful tones and both facial expressions are great. Keep up the good work!
03/31/2003 08:04:42 AM
excellent work. you've certainly cracked the DPC code :)
03/31/2003 07:57:17 AM
Congratulations on earning your ribbon. I must say that this was my first choice. The faces of the mother and son are crammed with emotion. It might be nice to give them a print.

03/31/2003 01:03:24 AM
Congratulations on another ribbon! You sure know how to take excellent photos!
03/31/2003 12:34:23 AM
This was one of my favorites. Congrats on taking 2nd place!
03/31/2003 12:06:53 AM
beautiful photo, JJ. i think it wonderfully portrays emotion. well done and congratulations.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/30/2003 02:48:32 PM
This is one very special and wonderful portrait. The sepia works perfect. Proud and beautiful emotions depicted. Excellent photo.
03/30/2003 07:40:15 AM
great photo ... 10/10
03/29/2003 10:42:28 PM
Excellent photo. It has meaning, feeling, and provides a brief but effectiive glimse into the life of Mother and Son.
03/29/2003 02:24:03 PM
Wow excellent portrait. He sure looks proud. Excellent capture. good choice with sepia. Jacko. 10
03/29/2003 07:49:04 AM
A very well composed photo. I love the colour and the emotional aspect of it. Can I make a small suggestion though, I would have rathered seen the mother place her arm around her son to show an emotional love for her son but don't get me wrong it's a great photo all the same. 8 :)
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03/28/2003 11:04:48 PM
I find the bamboo slightly distracting but I love the pose of both mother and son....nice photo. I deducted one point for bamboo but added one for it not being in color....10
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03/28/2003 10:42:29 AM
I only give one ten a week, my personal scale. ANd this is most definately it!!!! I really hope this wins but I'll bet it makes it to the top five at least. A very nice portrait, and both look SOO PROUD!
03/28/2003 12:28:13 AM
This is the best shot so far. 10
03/26/2003 10:50:00 PM
I like the execution and the pose here. The young man has a lot of character to photograph. I find a emotion.
03/26/2003 12:24:00 AM
Nice photo, good detail, nice toning.
03/25/2003 01:18:21 AM
Good portrait and I like the sepia tone that you've given this. I would like it better if the background were out-of-focus or otherwise eliminated or toned down.
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03/24/2003 09:55:29 PM
this is wonderful! great shot. best of show. 10.
03/24/2003 09:31:41 PM
Great picture. Is he a "challenged" person? This really shows a lot pride and emotion in the mother AND the son!! Great shot! 9.
03/24/2003 09:15:47 PM
A beautiful portrait. I'll have to be honest in saying that this doesn't seem to exemplify a particular emotion to me... but it's certainly a wonderful shot nonetheless. It also feels to me like it should be panned to the right just a teeny bit.
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03/24/2003 03:27:09 PM
The only negative would be the pole/branch coming out of her back. Beautiful portrait, though. 7
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03/24/2003 01:26:39 PM
Good capture of a good moment in time. Nicely done. Love the tones here.
03/24/2003 01:15:25 PM
This is an excellent shot and the toning is also very nice... The environment you chose here for this photo may be just a little 'busy' because of the sharp contrasts in the background... great shot though :) - setzler
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03/24/2003 08:18:27 AM
what a lovely double-portrait. I dont really see which emotion this is meant to portray.
03/24/2003 04:09:33 AM
You capture the joyful pride and the pain of a loving mother. The son emotes the pride of being loved and cared for. Wonderful!
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03/24/2003 03:17:13 AM
I really loved this image. The emotion coming from the mother and son is very deep indeed. I think that the B&W work well too. With regards to meeting the challenge you deserve first place. Well done and thank you for posting this shot.
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03/24/2003 12:59:59 AM
What a wonderful photograph. It is very impacting.
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03/24/2003 12:53:02 AM
Exceedingly wonderful shot. I can see both great love and pride for each other.
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03/24/2003 12:50:39 AM
I love the look on his face, he looks proud and full of strength as does his mother.
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