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1968: South African Apartheid
1968: South African Apartheid
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Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: The Year You Were Born (Basic Editing)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 17.5-45mm f/3.5-5.6
Location: Homeness
Date: Nov 18, 2006
Aperture: F3.5
ISO: 1000
Shutter: 1/60s
Galleries: Diptych / Triptych, History
Date Uploaded: Nov 20, 2006

There are many historic events that shook 1968..the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Miriam Makeba married Stokely Carmichael... but ultimately I wanted to do something that was a part of me and my birth into this world.

1968 saw the intensifying of the struggle for freedom in South Africa and Nelson Mandela had served 4 years of his prison sentence. One thing which I've always remembered is my mother saying how as she lay in the nursing home when I was born, she heard Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" on the radio and she cried...she was blissfully happy. Hence the really abstract thing I've come up with: a type of diptych showing the paradox of my birth into one world...(the dress is my Christening dress) and the very different world that existed just outside in the townships (the book is a redundant Pass Book that belonged to a friend of mine).

Probably will not be appreciated by many, but it was a great exercise to try and create the image I had in my head!!

Statistics
Place: 12 out of 102
Avg (all users): 6.4371
Avg (commenters): 7.8889
Avg (participants): 6.2500
Avg (non-participants): 6.4786
Views since voting: 2192
Views during voting: 422
Votes: 286
Comments: 27
Favorites: 5 (view)


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01/04/2007 04:39:36 PM
Go to the top of the class
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12/28/2006 03:15:50 PM
I love pictures that have a message. Very nice work.
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12/05/2006 05:16:39 AM
this deserved to be more than a photograph.
incredible.
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12/04/2006 01:29:25 AM
Very nice collage! Congratulations on your top 20 finish.
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12/02/2006 05:27:36 PM
Great shot. Congrats on your high finish!
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11/29/2006 01:47:07 PM
This is just beautiful. I'd love to see more collage work here.
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11/29/2006 11:45:48 AM
Continued appreciation especially one reading your notes.
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11/29/2006 02:03:37 AM
Sorry you didnt get in the top 10. Definitely on of my all time DPC photos. My daughter is visiting J'burg next week, and have a few friends from there too. You are right. Not enough people appreciate the real beauty in this photo.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/28/2006 11:21:20 PM
I adore the significance of this, from another country opposite of where I am from, so many others are so much alike in styles for fashions with the exceptions of some being different for the habitats cultures... Its this that can open more peace to some as they see similiarities in all human and we are all alive sharing the world.
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11/27/2006 09:29:37 PM
This is an awful reminder of some very real atrocities.
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11/27/2006 03:01:13 PM
Nice idea for a memorial. While the artwork may be fine for close inspection in person, it is a bit busy for DPC and the 640-pixel limit.
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11/26/2006 11:57:39 PM
This is a very different concept from what I usually see on DPC... And I like it! :) You've taken a completely different approach to a photograph, managed to meet the challenge description, AND produced a wonderful image. Well done!
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11/26/2006 09:24:58 PM
..nice work,very creative..
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11/25/2006 03:18:30 AM
errrr... 10 beautiful shot!
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11/24/2006 12:30:44 PM
I really like this one, I found myself singing alon :)
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11/23/2006 11:19:59 PM
An interesting display of Apartheid memorabilia. The song lyrics add to the feeling of sadness and loss. I sense a stong division between youth and innocence lost, and death and distruction with details that are there, yet not discernable.

I'd love to see this sharper so I can see the details. At the same time, this collection comes across as a display or mural, not a photo. 5
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11/23/2006 05:17:52 AM
Well set up, and photographed.....
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11/23/2006 12:43:53 AM
LOve this photo but not any clear demarcation between black and white. Love the lyrics written as a frame
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11/22/2006 10:31:08 PM
What a beautiful emotive.
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11/22/2006 04:03:07 PM
Very creative idea. I like the contrast from left to right.
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11/22/2006 12:25:53 PM
Outstanding!
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11/22/2006 11:55:37 AM
Bravo... a nice image too.
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11/22/2006 10:18:43 AM
Heartbreaking ... just a really wrenching composition.
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11/22/2006 08:31:39 AM
A lot of work went into this one. Good job. 8
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11/22/2006 03:31:38 AM
Good, creative idea and well performed. I love that song of Louis Armstrong too, it's one of my favorites.
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11/22/2006 01:45:19 AM
seems like it's OOF and lacks color, but it's a very interesting image
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11/22/2006 12:34:59 AM
What a powerful picture! So beautiful and I love the framing of text, cannot help by having Louis sing along as I read it ... but behind the picture is anything but beauty :-(
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