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SherwinJames


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Challenge: Hate (Basic Editing)
Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f2.8D
Location: NJ, USA
Date: Feb 18, 2007
Aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 160
Shutter: 1/20sec
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Feb 18, 2007

Post-challenge:

I thank you all for the excellent comments that I received on this photo, as well as the great rating.

When this challenge was first announced, this image immediately came to mind (which is, in a way, unfortunate). I had some reservations about submitting this photo, but in the end I decided to go with it (mainly because I reminded myself of why I am taking a photo in the first place). Not to get too drawn out here, but to me photography serves three main purposes:
1. To present the photographer's view point of a subject or the impact of a subject.
2. To stir some emotion or feeling in an audience.
3. To enjoy the process of taking and preparing a photo.

For these three reasons, I submitted this shot.

If this shot offended/offends anyone, then I apoligize for that.

I am glad that this shot has had an impact, however small.

Thanks Again.

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 132
Avg (all users): 7.9160
Avg (commenters): 8.6735
Avg (participants): 7.6346
Avg (non-participants): 7.9899
Views since voting: 11449
Views during voting: 521
Votes: 250
Comments: 111
Favorites: 53 (view)


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06/29/2012 08:33:49 PM
Perfect!
04/14/2009 02:52:03 AM
Strange. I thought I had commented on this when you ribboned with it. It still is a great image with a powerful message.
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05/25/2008 01:07:20 PM
wow, how distirbing. i just got done reading "To Kill A Mockingbird" a few minutes ago, and this ties in perfectly to the story. if you haven't read it yet, you should
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01/03/2008 01:16:39 AM
wow man, this is a very powerful image. Im not sure what else to add, great work.
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08/06/2007 08:09:23 PM
wow....this is the first time i have seen this photo...what a strong and very powerful image,hold so many emotions...well done.i love it
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03/06/2007 10:43:07 PM
Congratulations on your blue, when I first saw this I knew it had to win. A very powerful entry!
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03/06/2007 07:39:42 PM
Well ... I just think this image is astounding in all departments ... attitude, lighting, focus, crop, subject presentation, every dayam thang!

Congratulations. This image moved me deeply and I consider it brave that you took it to such lengths. It is a gorgeous statement of humanity and lack thereof.
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03/06/2007 06:29:51 AM
Wow - just amazing how people think and how we perceive the world...I've been looking at this image for over a week now. I live in South Africa where racial segregation, hatred, prejudice STILL fester as massive cancers.... and all I've been seeing in this picture until yesterday - is a man filled with self hatred, in the last stage of committing suicide! Then yesterday, suddenly it hit me what the image was "about". Why did it take me that long to "see" it? Maybe it's because it's still so prevelant here, and it's not "news" or "shocking" so I was looking for something else...? That in itself if a shameful thing isn't it...

But just to say it's equally powerful within both of my interpretations, and I applaud you for this stylish, sophisticated image. Well done!

Message edited by author 2007-03-06 10:08:43.
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03/05/2007 03:49:10 AM
Was unable to vote because of vacations but would have given a double "10" for the immaculate photographic quality and for the highly symbolic political and racial expression.
A no-contest blue win, congrats.
Franklin
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03/03/2007 09:23:20 PM
This is just magnificent! You have coalesced the voters into crossing all barriers and awarding an honest look at a truly disturbing part of humanity with the recognition it so deserves.

I imagine that you had a rough time with your emotions during the course of this challenge and a great feeling of relief to see that so many people put down their different views to join with you in expressing the view that this *IS* hate in its vilest form.

You are truly insightful and I am privileged to have been here for your sharing of this incredibly poignant shot.

Many thanks.
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03/03/2007 08:50:17 PM
Originally posted by rdm6265:

I find the content to be a bit Inappropriate,and somewhat offensive..


I take no offense to your post. As a matter of fact, I value all comments/opinions of my photos.

I believe that what an individual takes away from a photo is highly subjective and dependent on that individuals biases, viewpoints, experiences, place in their lives, etc. What may be enlightening to one way be offensive to another. Your example of the little girl may be extremely offensive to someone who may have been in that situation as a little girl and experience great hurt.

So, while I am sincerely sorry that you find the photo offensive, it does not change the fact that others may find it enlightening. My photos are first and foremost a window to my thoughts, however strong or mild or permanent or fleeting they may be. Most of my photos are not at all "popular" here at DPC (or anywhere else for that matter), but that does not impact my willingness or intent to continue producing the photos that window my thoughts.

I am not going to try and detail the exact story behind this particular photo as I intended, because I don't believe that that is so important. If five different people look at this photo and see/feel five different visions then I consider that a success.

So thank you for your post, and please feel free to comment on any of my current or future photos.
03/03/2007 11:31:49 AM
I find the content to be a bit Inappropriate,and somewhat offensive..
BUT !This is in no way ANY kind of personal criticism of or at the photographer Dr. Jeuss or his skill as a photographer technically. "I think he has shot some brilliant stuff".
I just feel you could have captured and represented the essence of HATE in SO many ways,(still using THIS CONTENT),but without stuffing it in peoples faces...as such.
Are you not just showing the RESULT of hate, or the consequences of it.?
Where is the Instigator/s of this action( Direct or Indirect)Who truly encapsulates the ugliness of HATE..should they not be part of the composition/content,and the "result" of hate maybe more of a background to it, if you are going to use such a Strong Image.

FOR EXAMPLE- (and a simplified one at that)

A young girl,at school,is the target of someone/s HATE and is constantly being teased,tormented,beaten up,religious persecution, whatever it may be.... and is at her whits end..

You could show;- (again,just a crude example of content etc,no more..)

1.- A young girl facing the camera(same distance from it),with very much the same expression on her face as "h a t e - unchecked", with her tormentors in the background and out of focus (so as not to busy the shot to much),part way through there session of HATE upon her. which could show the WHAT And the WHY of HATE, along with the results of it.

2.- OR an EVEN stronger image if you must ,having her out of focus somewhat,in the background,up on a chair with a rope/noose in her hand or already around her neck,trying to tie it to a spot up high that is JUST out of reach for her hight,with her tormentors still mocking her in the foreground etc.

OR "To stir some emotion or feeling in an audience" as you said.

3.- A young girl behind a school lunch shed or maybe under a school desk with a razor blade to her wrist,and the same look on her face as "h a t e - unchecked".

(Am i looking at the end of a story and not THE story.)
I just feel you MAY have gone for Number 3. and left out some VERY important content as a bit of a cheap way to..."To stir some emotion or feeling in an audience" ?.
I mean no offense by this post, but as my FIRST post EVER since I registered in 2004 !!!-(And no I have NEVER participated in a challenge yet Because I still don't think I'm technically "there" yet..Oh and no credit card to pay for a "full" membership LoL)I feel I needed to say the above and this includes having a brother do or have done to him what is depicted....BTW sorry for such a L o n g post everyone. :(
RoBBiE.
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03/02/2007 02:23:15 PM
... just ... WOW! ... stunning in how such an apparently peaceful, self-absorbed, reflective moment can so depict what hate can do. I am totally slain by this photo and it took me a long time to respond to it but had to tell you how hard you touched (POKED) my heart.

Congratulations on the massive statement that your image makes. Not only the composition and general lighting but how wonderfully it was technically in general. Truly an amazing image extremely well presented (I avoided using the word executed here for the first time ever).

P.S. I often disagree with the general voters here but 58 10s, 51 9s, 45 8s and 43 7s out of 131 voters, on this image, makes me proud to be in this company.

Message edited by author 2007-03-02 14:34:45.
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03/02/2007 10:33:51 AM
Not that my comment has anything to do with the photo as a phot, but technically the knot on the noose needs to be longer. Otherwise this is a very powerful photo that I've definately added as a favorite.
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03/02/2007 12:20:56 AM
Well, I've been looking at this shot since the results went up, and am finally getting around to commenting on it (which I feel very compelled to do). Seeing this bold, provoking, grittily emotive photo take the blue, and with such a high score, to me, reaffirms a confidence in the dpc 'voter'. From the moment you see the thumb, to when it opens in full, this image just reaches out and grabs one's soul, and absolutely demands attention! I feel it causes the viewer to look deep within himself, and to consider what feelings lie in the inner depths of his heart, and to think about what is in the hearts of the world and his fellow man. True, it brings with it feelings of sadness, and revulsion, thinking about what man has done to man in the past, and yes, even in the present...but yet, for me, it also brings a slight glimmer of hope. In that I mean, we have at least come to a place where an artist can produce such a visciously strong image, to put it right 'in your face', and say 'deal with it!', and going by the comments and score, it is accepted and agreed with by many at least. Obviously, there are those that wish for better tommorrows.

You certainly nailed the challenge topic, and as far as technicals...what more needs to be said than...outstanding. Definitely not 'eye-candy', but by all means, photography at it's finest, for this viewer anyways. I thank you for creating this masterpiece.

taterbug
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03/01/2007 10:54:54 PM
Possibly the best shot I've seen EVER. Not pleasant to look at by any means but Powerful and emotional and gripping. also technically perfect. I applaud you.
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03/01/2007 10:53:34 PM


oops. I was signed on as my husband,

jaded_youth

Message edited by author 2007-03-01 22:54:36.
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03/01/2007 09:21:44 PM
Originally posted by klbensonsk:

New to DPC... How does an image like this get even a single vote as a 1? This is a well composed beautifully lit on topic photograph. It seems to me that anyone scoring this as a 1 is a) trying to lower the overall score of an obvious winner or b) upset by the subject matter and totally ignoring the quality of the image. I know that if you take these 2 votes out the score doesnt change all that much but in some challenges it may mean the difference between 1st and 2nd. How does DPC view this issue?


There will ALWAYS be people of different view points and different likes and dislikes. As such, I put very little emphasis on individual ratings, but instead use the cumulative rating as a very rough guide for general appeal. Instead, I pay MUCH more attention to comments. However, a higher rating usually means more visibility and more comments. So I'll take the high rating as well.

In general, don't sweat the small stuff.
03/01/2007 09:08:12 PM
New to DPC... How does an image like this get even a single vote as a 1? This is a well composed beautifully lit on topic photograph. It seems to me that anyone scoring this as a 1 is a) trying to lower the overall score of an obvious winner or b) upset by the subject matter and totally ignoring the quality of the image. I know that if you take these 2 votes out the score doesnt change all that much but in some challenges it may mean the difference between 1st and 2nd. How does DPC view this issue?
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03/01/2007 06:28:51 PM
Congratulations on a personal best and well deserved Blue. A thought provoking wonderfully captured image! Well done!
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03/01/2007 01:23:54 PM
Excellent!
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02/28/2007 11:22:29 PM
The calm expression on his face is really unsettling. Wow.
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02/28/2007 10:59:16 PM
Congrats on a stunning photo!
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02/28/2007 10:07:45 PM
Congratulations! This shot is absolutely astounding... powerfully emotive, tasteful, horrifying, and... something about it echoes back and forth through time. Brilliant.
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02/28/2007 05:21:25 PM
Originally posted by Elvis_L:

Originally posted by organic:



I too have lived in the south all of my life (excluding the few years I lived in Japan, where I was often kicked out stores for not being Asian). The suggestion that only "The South" has racism is cliche in itself. Racism is not bound by a geographical location. It's an innate reaction in everyone to fear the unknown and attempt to harness it. That being said, I recognize that history shouldn't be forgotten and we need to preserve our cultural lessons to enhance our humanity. However, lynchings are not common practice today, which is why I question the relevance of the message. Without doing any research, I'm willing to bet the number of same race assaults far out weigh assaults involving 2 or more races. I live in Atlanta where we enjoy a diverse population consisting of more than just black and white. By limiting our focus on past events we avoid making difficult analyses on our future challenges ( I suspect we do this due to the clarity of hind sight. Why present untested solutions for current and future problems when a person can always be correct and look only at the past).
What I do think is great about the photograph is that it has spurred a debate. Dialogue creates the opportunity for an exchange of ideas and it is with this exchange that we have the opportunity to increase our wisdom. Kudos to the artist for his impact on the forum!


I have created a thread for this discussion to continue.
click here

Sherwin if you would like me to edit my coments to clean up your comments i would be happy to.


No need to edit. I appreciate each and every comment.
02/28/2007 05:12:53 PM
I think what makes this for me is the intimate closeness. It's not something I have ever seen the likes of.

When you can see the tiny textures of the skin and the rope in a perfectly clear and beautifully lit set-up, it really brings this into a new realm considering the subject at hand here. The closed eye also helps - I think an open eye looking at the viewer would have made a completely different statement (possibly even more dramatic) but I prefer like this - nice choices all around.
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02/28/2007 02:15:20 PM
Wow Sherwin, you really outdid yourself this time! a powerful image, congrats on your blue.
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02/28/2007 01:54:03 PM
Originally posted by Dr. Jeuss:

I thank you all for the excellent comments that I received on this photo, as well as the great rating.

When this challenge was first announced, this image immediately came to mind (which is, in a way, unfortunate). I had some reservations about submitting this photo, but in the end I decided to go with it (mainly because I reminded myself of why I am taking a photo in the first place). Not to get too drawn out here, but to me photography serves three main purposes:
1. To present the photographer's view point of a subject or the impact of a subject.
2. To stir some emotion or feeling in an audience.
3. To enjoy the process of taking and preparing a photo.

For these three reasons, I submitted this shot.

If this shot offended/offends anyone, then I apoligize for that.

I am glad that this shot has had an impact, however small.

Thanks Again.


I would like to assure you that I am not offended. I would also like to point out that whether or not I was offended matters little. Although only the government is bound to support freedom of speech (private organizations can censure all day long)I believe we have a culture that recognizes this right. However a problem exist when people are afraid to offend and are reprimanded for stating what offends others. Just to reiterate, we enjoy freedom of speech because no one has the right not to be offended.
I've been enjoying the photographs of DPChallenge for a number of years and greatly appreciate the work so many of you share. However, I am surprised and disappointed by the lack of conversation about the photos themselves. Some of the imagery is very strong and most responses are limited to "great job". Edentated comments ignored the potential lessons we can gain. I think too many people feel they are "closed minded" if they don't automatically accept the perception of the world that the artist offers. I respect others opportunity to express themselves, but I don't want spoon fed ideas. I should have the courage and duty to strive for intellectual honesty and provide the artist with feedback. Hopefully, we'll both learn something new.
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02/28/2007 01:42:26 PM
Incredible entry. One of the best shots ever on DPC, both in terms of technicals, but especially in terms of raw emotion and the fearless insistance on telling it like it is, even though the truth is unpleasant and even brutal. Kudos to the photographer for the vision and courage to let art speak!
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02/28/2007 12:58:34 PM
Originally posted by organic:



I too have lived in the south all of my life (excluding the few years I lived in Japan, where I was often kicked out stores for not being Asian). The suggestion that only "The South" has racism is cliche in itself. Racism is not bound by a geographical location. It's an innate reaction in everyone to fear the unknown and attempt to harness it. That being said, I recognize that history shouldn't be forgotten and we need to preserve our cultural lessons to enhance our humanity. However, lynchings are not common practice today, which is why I question the relevance of the message. Without doing any research, I'm willing to bet the number of same race assaults far out weigh assaults involving 2 or more races. I live in Atlanta where we enjoy a diverse population consisting of more than just black and white. By limiting our focus on past events we avoid making difficult analyses on our future challenges ( I suspect we do this due to the clarity of hind sight. Why present untested solutions for current and future problems when a person can always be correct and look only at the past).
What I do think is great about the photograph is that it has spurred a debate. Dialogue creates the opportunity for an exchange of ideas and it is with this exchange that we have the opportunity to increase our wisdom. Kudos to the artist for his impact on the forum!


I have created a thread for this discussion to continue.
click here

Sherwin if you would like me to edit my coments to clean up your comments i would be happy to.
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02/28/2007 12:45:04 PM
I thank you all for the excellent comments that I received on this photo, as well as the great rating.

When this challenge was first announced, this image immediately came to mind (which is, in a way, unfortunate). I had some reservations about submitting this photo, but in the end I decided to go with it (mainly because I reminded myself of why I am taking a photo in the first place). Not to get too drawn out here, but to me photography serves three main purposes:
1. To present the photographer's view point of a subject or the impact of a subject.
2. To stir some emotion or feeling in an audience.
3. To enjoy the process of taking and preparing a photo.

For these three reasons, I submitted this shot.

If this shot offended/offends anyone, then I apoligize for that.

I am glad that this shot has had an impact, however small.

Thanks Again.
02/28/2007 10:45:47 AM
Originally posted by Elvis_L:

Originally posted by organic:

I think the message was a little contrived, but then again I don't understand why we associate hanging with racism. Hanging is a method of execution that has wrung the neck of every race. Granted, I'm the one who is mentioning racism at this point, but I think traditionally the symbolism is there to support my conjecture. For all I know there could be a black executioner, but without other symbols in the picture I believe the imagery for the average American represents racism. If the message is racism, I don't think this extreme form of it is relevant today. Currently, I believe racism is multi-directional and is expressed in other forms than lynchings and hangings(a tab cliche). However, if it is a message about the evils of murder, then it is an effective photograph. Murder is wrong and the subject express adequate sadness is their expression. Good Job!


I don't know where you live but as someone who has lived in the south my whole life that this is not cliche. btw in the background is a KKK person.


I too have lived in the south all of my life (excluding the few years I lived in Japan, where I was often kicked out stores for not being Asian). The suggestion that only "The South" has racism is cliche in itself. Racism is not bound by a geographical location. It's an innate reaction in everyone to fear the unknown and attempt to harness it. That being said, I recognize that history shouldn't be forgotten and we need to preserve our cultural lessons to enhance our humanity. However, lynchings are not common practice today, which is why I question the relevance of the message. Without doing any research, I'm willing to bet the number of same race assaults far out weigh assaults involving 2 or more races. I live in Atlanta where we enjoy a diverse population consisting of more than just black and white. By limiting our focus on past events we avoid making difficult analyses on our future challenges ( I suspect we do this due to the clarity of hind sight. Why present untested solutions for current and future problems when a person can always be correct and look only at the past).
What I do think is great about the photograph is that it has spurred a debate. Dialogue creates the opportunity for an exchange of ideas and it is with this exchange that we have the opportunity to increase our wisdom. Kudos to the artist for his impact on the forum!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
02/28/2007 09:57:09 AM
This is a great image on all fronts. well done and congrats on the ribbon.
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02/28/2007 09:49:45 AM
Originally posted by organic:

I think the message was a little contrived, but then again I don't understand why we associate hanging with racism. Hanging is a method of execution that has wrung the neck of every race. Granted, I'm the one who is mentioning racism at this point, but I think traditionally the symbolism is there to support my conjecture. For all I know there could be a black executioner, but without other symbols in the picture I believe the imagery for the average American represents racism. If the message is racism, I don't think this extreme form of it is relevant today. Currently, I believe racism is multi-directional and is expressed in other forms than lynchings and hangings(a tab cliche). However, if it is a message about the evils of murder, then it is an effective photograph. Murder is wrong and the subject express adequate sadness is their expression. Good Job!


I don't know where you live but as someone who has lived in the south my whole life that this is not cliche. btw in the background is a KKK person.
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02/28/2007 09:32:06 AM
What an powerful, emotional photo! It is executed so well, and an excellent choice for top honors! Congratulations, Sherwin!!!

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02/28/2007 08:37:33 AM
I think the message was a little contrived, but then again I don't understand why we associate hanging with racism. Hanging is a method of execution that has wrung the neck of every race. Granted, I'm the one who is mentioning racism at this point, but I think traditionally the symbolism is there to support my conjecture. For all I know there could be a black executioner, but without other symbols in the picture I believe the imagery for the average American represents racism. If the message is racism, I don't think this extreme form of it is relevant today. Currently, I believe racism is multi-directional and is expressed in other forms than lynchings and hangings(a tab cliche). However, if it is a message about the evils of murder, then it is an effective photograph. Murder is wrong and the subject express adequate sadness is their expression. Good Job!
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02/28/2007 07:30:17 AM
easily my fav of the challenge. congrats on your ribbon and nice to see you back on top again.
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02/28/2007 07:16:42 AM
Congrats on your blue and a great shot. Well deserved.

Jack
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02/28/2007 06:43:01 AM
VERY powerful shot, a well deserved blue! congratulations!
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02/28/2007 06:17:48 AM
This is a very strong, moving image.
Congratulations. Very very worthy of the blue.
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02/28/2007 04:27:02 AM
Wow, didn't vote in this challenge, but how can an image like this get anything other than a 10?
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02/28/2007 03:45:23 AM
very powerful. congratulations.
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02/28/2007 03:13:44 AM
congrats on your blue! I only just noticed the hood in the background so my comment during the challenge isn't making any sense now. Sorry about that!
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02/28/2007 03:11:17 AM
very powerful image...congrats
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02/28/2007 02:58:13 AM
Great concept, well done, congrats on your blue!
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02/28/2007 02:05:36 AM
Beautifully done - a great statement and presentation. Ribbon is well deserved but it's better than just a ribbon.
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02/28/2007 01:43:32 AM
Well deserved blue ribbon, congratulations!!
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02/28/2007 01:38:36 AM
wow
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02/28/2007 01:33:32 AM
excellent, congrats.
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02/28/2007 12:40:48 AM
Excellent image, very powerful. Congratulations on your well deserved win!
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02/28/2007 12:14:44 AM
beautifull!!!!!!!!!!!
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02/28/2007 12:12:45 AM
This deserved nothing less than the blue. Congratulations on creating a powerful, emotive image.
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02/28/2007 12:11:48 AM
Congrats! It was very obvious the minute I saw this that it was going to win.
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02/28/2007 12:09:50 AM
I was right! Congratulations on a very deserving blue ribbon. Well done with a very emotional photo.
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02/28/2007 12:09:19 AM
Powerful image. Well deserved blue.
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02/28/2007 12:08:48 AM
Congratulations on winning a blue with such a powerful image! I wish that the world would stop ALL hatred. Hopefully this image will stir some emotion in all of us and make us think.
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02/28/2007 12:08:21 AM
Wow! My favorite of the challenge. Very emotive. Great job and congrats.
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02/28/2007 12:07:33 AM
Bravo. I'm proud of you for having the guts to enter this. Congratulations.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/27/2007 11:56:35 PM
Great shot. Focus is very good. The only part that bothers me is the focus on the shoulder. The facial expression is beautiful--the way the brow is furrowed ever so slightly... I love this compostion. VERY nice.
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02/27/2007 10:58:57 PM
your klansman is too blobby.
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02/27/2007 09:17:10 PM
Stirring & emotional. Excellent choice for this challenge and one of my top picks. I love the textures in the rope and the skin are fantastice, the conversion and tones are very good and the composition is perfect. 10
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02/27/2007 05:33:01 PM
Very moving photo,
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02/27/2007 01:42:08 PM
Full of emotion - nicely done!
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02/27/2007 11:52:32 AM
expressions on the model's face are absolutely fantastic. composition, exposure and sharpness are also outstanding. 9
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02/27/2007 12:24:57 AM
Very strong photo.
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02/26/2007 11:27:31 PM
Very good shot, the best of this challenge
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02/26/2007 11:32:50 AM
Great shot. Nice composition and lighting.
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02/25/2007 11:50:50 PM
awesome detail and light...what a gripping image this is...would make a great cover of a book. 9 from me...good luck with this, hope it ribbons
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02/25/2007 02:11:07 PM
the strop should be on the left side
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02/24/2007 09:20:08 PM
Wow, powerful!!
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02/24/2007 10:25:01 AM
i also wanted to do something along the lines of racial hate. so wrong. nice shot.
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02/24/2007 09:52:34 AM
Simple, but says it all. This one doesn't need a title. I like the lighting and the texture. The knot(noose) is the focal point it repesents the hate.
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02/23/2007 06:57:49 PM
I smell a ribbon

Hard core 10
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02/23/2007 06:44:13 PM
this one doesn't even need a title. powerful image. effective composition.
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02/23/2007 02:49:59 PM
my fav of the challenge great job
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02/23/2007 02:10:25 PM
very well done. powerful. wish the dof was just a bit deeper so that his shoulders were also in focus, but just a minor nit.
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02/23/2007 01:54:15 PM
great lighting.
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02/23/2007 11:16:24 AM
excellent composition, the contrast works really well with the mood set. great job with using a background subject too.
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02/23/2007 12:48:31 AM
Very edgy. Gave it a 10 and am adding to my favorites! Good Luck!
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02/23/2007 12:27:11 AM
Powerful... great detail and expression of subject matter.
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02/22/2007 08:36:35 PM
Very powerful image. Great clarity, lighting and composition.
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02/22/2007 06:29:25 PM
Brilliant.
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02/22/2007 04:50:18 PM
This is such a strong photo to me. My little brother hung himself when he was 29. Just 6 years ago. it's very confronting, but I understood why he did it. I can relate to this picture, eventhough it touches some cords I'd rather not want to be touched. I know how he hated himself and saw this as the only way out. The only 10 I gave out in this challenge.
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02/22/2007 03:01:41 PM
Wow, this is a powerful and disturbing image. So far, in a whole different league from the other photos. 10.
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02/22/2007 02:48:56 PM
Don't like the subject matter, but the photo is great.
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02/22/2007 11:30:26 AM
Wow, this has a powerful message! Kind of a double meaning to it. Probably amongst the very best I've seen in this challenge. There's so many that are "shoe-horned" into this challenge. I think another member said it best when they said: "I could have taken a picture of just about anything and put an 'I hate....' in front of it and made it fit". Nice and refreshing to see this! Great shot!
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02/22/2007 10:45:49 AM
Scary thought, nicely portrayed.
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02/22/2007 06:18:56 AM
Wow - Great image and very powerful. The lighting is beautiful capturing all those wonderful skin tones. A shot that makes you stop and think. Not too many of those around.
Well done - My fav so far.
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02/21/2007 11:39:52 PM
Man, it seems like people had a very hard time capturing "hate" in a photo. Compared to the "love" challenge everything seems so contrived and devoid of any real emotion.
This photo however, seems to express the results of the very real menace of hatred in a poignantly crafted statement. Well done.
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02/21/2007 10:41:28 PM
POWERFUL! 10
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02/21/2007 08:38:46 PM
The lighting in the shot is incredible, great emotive feeling from it too. My Pick for a ribbon. 10
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02/21/2007 08:19:16 PM
very emotive...and nicely lit and composed shot..gl 9
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02/21/2007 08:17:11 PM
I like the clarity of this image. Powerful and moving. A solid 8 for you!
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02/21/2007 04:21:47 PM
woao
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02/21/2007 04:02:42 PM
10. Powerful statement! Well done!
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02/21/2007 03:38:57 PM
powerful image.
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02/21/2007 01:32:22 PM
grim! but nice shot!
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02/21/2007 01:02:55 PM
In my opinion, blue ribbon. You'll probably have people whine about how you shouldn't have went this controversial, but why ignore the most brutal forms of hatred that ever were. I commend you for making that stand, and for taking a brilliant photograph both technically and emotively. Congrats in advance on your high placement.
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02/21/2007 01:00:31 PM
Dramatic, interesting shot. Wonderful focus too, the detail on the rope and face is perfect.
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02/21/2007 12:45:52 PM
The detail in this shot is amazing, I love the crop and the lighting. It looks great in black and white amd it made me really stop and think.....10 from me.
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02/21/2007 12:20:15 PM
Beautiful lighting and contrast. The emotion really comes through his face. Nice composition and angle. sad image though.
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02/21/2007 11:36:32 AM
well done 9
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02/21/2007 11:00:10 AM
Damn. That's intense. Great photograph, but I wonder if it will be too controversial for DPC.
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02/21/2007 10:44:14 AM
Powerful. Well executed (no pun intended). Brilliant lighting. Great DOF. I like the half face - it's quite symbolic. Best of the bunch as far as I'm concerned. 10
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02/21/2007 09:41:29 AM
this is amazing ... my choice for the blue ... 10 ... good luck!
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02/21/2007 05:39:07 AM
Excellent!
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02/21/2007 04:40:08 AM
Outstanding...into my faves!
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02/21/2007 01:54:55 AM
*gasp* One of the most powerful images I have seen in a while. Gives me chills to look at it. Connotations of slavery, segregation, racism... yeah... powerful. I like the way the face is half-presented; gives a very good epmhasis on the noose, and makes it less about "one individual" and more about a larger problem. Background is a tad distracting but not too bad.
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02/21/2007 12:54:21 AM
Wow... I'm speechless. Congratulations on your ribbon! Very powerful, and the composition and lighting are excellent! Outstanding!
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02/21/2007 12:25:15 AM
So far the best, and the best by far, terrific shot, at this point the clear winner. I am giving you 10 only because there isn't anything higher!
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02/21/2007 12:20:16 AM
Early congrats on your ribbon. I like the way you framed this.
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