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Yes, sir!
Yes, sir!
stephan


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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Casio QV-4000
Location: Home
Date: Aug 25, 2002
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/5
Date Uploaded: Aug 24, 2002

Personally I had a very nice childhood. But since the challenge was not explicitly about our own childhood and I didn't feel like photographing toys, playgrounds or something like that, I took this approach. Family violence is still
an issue. I hope not for you.

Statistics
Place: 85 out of 172
Avg (all users): 5.1048
Avg (commenters): 6.5957
Avg (participants): 5.4715
Avg (non-participants): 4.7440
Views since voting: 945
Votes: 248
Comments: 54
Favorites: 0


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10/10/2002 07:26:00 AM
Ein verdammt gutes Bild!
Hey Stephan - vielleicht erzähl ich dir irgendwann da mal eine geschichte zu! Nur soweit, ich find das bild nicht nur technisch sehr gut, sondern inhaltlich mehr als nur gut - atemberaubend ist vielleicht ein gutes wort für!
Ich find deine bilder und die gedanken, die du dir zu machst ziemlich gut!!!
Martina.
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09/02/2002 10:00:00 AM
I think we were shocked to see a strong image like this were we thought we will only find nice kiddie images. That said, I think this is a very strong photo that diserve much more. And the ¨"snake" form, intentional or not, it's there.

Great shot.

LM
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09/02/2002 07:51:00 AM
Regarding the title: I recently saw a film where a boy had to say "Sir" to his father and I found that really weird. I didn't chose it to explain the photo. I think the photo is understandable without it (when you know the challenge).
In retrospective I agree that the photo has a flaw and many commented on that. Despite I wanted it to be simplistic and only portray the belt as a symbol, I agree that the emotion it suggests is not conveyed. It's too bright and the yellow/orange colour is too nice. It's not that I now dislike the photo. It's again almost exactly how I had it in mind and how I wanted to make it. I wanted to experiment with negative space and I liked the colour. But I should have put more effort into trying to convey the theme than experimenting with the techinque ;-)

To GeneralE: I didn't intentionally put the belt like a snake. I'm an atheist and to me a snake is not a symbol of evil. But your idea with the hand is good.

Thanks again for your comments.
09/02/2002 02:29:00 AM
Damn, i would've thought you'd score a bit higher than this.
 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 05:53:00 PM
wow, very artsy take on childhood! i really like this. of course, my sister and i had to pick out our own switches!! i like the framing and overblown lighting. nice work. 9--amitchell
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09/01/2002 07:16:00 AM
The colours are a bit too blown out in bright areas, and without the title I wouldn't have seen how it fits with the challenge.
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08/31/2002 06:33:00 AM
Excellent. The contrast is spot on, the composition is very good. This picture really gives out the right mood. Well Done. 8-Martin
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08/31/2002 05:36:00 AM
Nice composition, though belt seems just a little too small within the overall frame and slightly too orangey.
8, Kavey
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08/30/2002 09:01:00 PM


Message edited by author 2003-03-10 00:11:20.
08/30/2002 08:43:00 PM
I just wish snakes wouldn't keep getting used as the symbol of evil -- the belt draped over a strong hand would be as evocative and more accurate.
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08/30/2002 11:34:00 AM
Nice concept for the photo. 7 - floyd
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08/30/2002 10:31:00 AM
Ouch! This photo makes me cringe a bit in connection with childhood. It is a beautiful and well compositioned photo though. I hope the childhood reflected here was not yours.
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08/30/2002 05:00:00 AM
Nope.
08/30/2002 03:13:00 AM
the belt is just too overblown and doesn't occupy enough of the frame for me. the composition is nice though. (6) ~mcmurma
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08/29/2002 10:51:00 PM
Sad but true that is part of some childhoods. I'm not sure why you chose to do the negative space on this one, as I don't think it really adds anything. Certainly the stark white background runs counter to the darker emotions you are trying to convey here.
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08/29/2002 12:49:00 PM
subject matter aside, this is a great shot. i love the negative space and the curves and shadows of the belt. the only thing i might change is to crop it so that the belt is a little bit further from the bottom edge. it looks a little close and too crammed into the corner. in fact, the whole belt might look better moved up and in more so that it more closely lied on the thirds. nicely done, overall.
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08/29/2002 08:39:00 AM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background7,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing7,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?2,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 2,
Total Averaged Rating5. Autool
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08/29/2002 12:48:00 AM
It's disturbing to me as I had a happy and 'belt-free' childhood. I think the composition is great, and I like the simplicity. Well done. =7 marcvg
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08/28/2002 09:52:00 PM
I like the idea behind this photo. I like the coil of the belt - it's shape. The lighting although very bright on the belt even worked for me because it caused me to squint and withdraw a bit the way I might if I knew my parent was coming with the belt. My biggest concern with this photo was the belt's placement. I found it appealing and interesting - composed quite like an ad might be; but ulimately I thought it was just too much photo for such a small focal point. TOO much negative space. 7, just-married
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08/28/2002 05:49:00 PM
Tortured?
08/28/2002 04:37:00 PM
Your picture hit me. It hurts. I have never been staring at such a simple picture with so many emotions. Great idea, well done.
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08/28/2002 02:11:00 PM
I had initially scored this as seven, but after thinking about this particular shot for a couple of days, (it stuck in my mind; not much does that), I am raising it to a ten. Teh stark colors, high contrast, and vast negative space really make an impression, I think. There is nothing I can think of to tell you to do to improve. I think it is a very well executed and powerful photograph. karmat
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08/28/2002 10:56:00 AM
It's stark, it's a slap in the face compared with most of the images I have seen. But, there is no denying that childhood can sometimes be bad. This shot didn't need a title, as far as messages are concerned it's strong enough… The use of heavy overexposure and a vast white area works, and whilst I may not like the message, the picture has been well thought out and well executed. In effect, you have hit the challenge full on – no pun intended – with an excellent display of artistic and photographic competence. (10)
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08/28/2002 03:59:00 AM
All the negative space and the high contrast work well to accentuate what a powerful symbol this belt is, and how much fear we can still associate with it as adults. This is a powerful photo. 10 - lisae
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08/28/2002 03:39:00 AM
Exceptional shot... Love the negetive space... Solid 10
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08/28/2002 01:18:00 AM
I don't really relate to this photo but it does contain a powerful feeling and it is a well done photo except for the overall brightness and what seems lke too much white space at the top left. =6 syamjonimi ;'-D
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08/27/2002 11:06:00 PM
I think there may be a tad too much white space here, and the lighting is almost too bright - especially on the buckle. These are the sort of memories I try to block out, but it fits just the same. Nice job posting a controversial shot.
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08/27/2002 10:13:00 PM
Is there a child abuse theme that we don't know about?
08/27/2002 07:58:00 PM
Somehow this photo just doesn't convey the emotion your title suggests.
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08/27/2002 07:34:00 PM
great work with the lighting and composition... this one brings back childhood memories for me, without a doubt :) - 8 - jmsetzler
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08/27/2002 07:06:00 PM
Let's not go there!
08/27/2002 03:05:00 PM
Strong, unpleasant memory. Another photo used this same concept with a "father figure", it seems to me that is would be a helpful element. I think if I were to suggest the best set up of this concept, it would be something like this: A broken jar in the foreground, with adult male legs and a belt hangning down beside him. This would tell a more complete story than just the belt, you know cause and effect sort of thing. As for the photo itself, it is very stark (bare) and the belt buckle doesn't come across very clearly. 6 Swash
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08/27/2002 03:02:00 PM
Not only the belt, but the reference to a snake, makes this image, for chidhood, a severe one, but it is technically very good, and artistically very aesthetic.
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08/27/2002 02:34:00 PM
In my personal opinion, there is way too much white space in this photo. The belt itself is done well, but gets lost to easily in all that room.
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08/27/2002 10:48:00 AM
rule of 3rds is good- maybe a little low and to the right, but the lighting is good, and powerfull.... 10
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08/27/2002 10:38:00 AM
love the high key shot. a little overblown for my taste, although it looks purposeful. love the neg space. something seems a litlte static in this shot, though...
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08/27/2002 07:19:00 AM
Nice work thinking of this one. Though I was a spanked child and I turned out okay, I never use a belt on my own. Nice job!
08/27/2002 01:55:00 AM
This is really neat but I wish you could have used up more of the empty space with a closer look at the belt. 7.
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08/26/2002 09:57:00 PM
I personally would've used a black background to show the darkness of the message. Still, i feel yer pain :)
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08/26/2002 08:07:00 PM
simple and to the point. I love the concept behind this photo, but in my opinion it is too bright. the buckle is almost washed away. I love the placement in the frame and how the background is non existant, however, I have the feeling the background is the reason for the photo being brightened so much. Overall good photo and good luck in the challenge.
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08/26/2002 08:04:00 PM
The theme is not "children without childhood", it's "childhood without children".
08/26/2002 05:50:00 PM
I like this picture. I had a similar idea, but my wife thought it was too dark for such a happy challenge. Anyway, nice lighting and framing of the picture.
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08/26/2002 05:10:00 PM
I think this would be strong if the belt were an obvious man's belt. Maybe a bigger buckle ... and then, if it were coiled in a manner more consistent with hitting.
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08/26/2002 04:10:00 PM
First off, this is an excellent picture. I love the exposure, the framing and composition. However, conveying the theme was carried more by the title than the picture. Another entrant submitted "Daddy!," showing a silhouette of a man holding a belt. To me, that conveyed the idea without needing to read the title.
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08/26/2002 03:38:00 PM
This appeals to my love of abstract thought, but I would have cropped more of the white out, or maybe a different background.
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08/26/2002 10:47:00 AM
man... very interesting. kind of harsh, but true. i can relate...
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08/26/2002 10:31:00 AM
My brothers could relate to this only my dad was a barber and the strap was more lethal...I think your composition could be improved by strecting the belt out more.
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08/26/2002 09:47:00 AM
I almost had to laugh when I saw this shot. It definitely speaks of childhood to ME ! But... only because I know what the challenge is. On it's own, this photo would not convey that message to me. I do think that your perspective, and idea, are unique and creative.
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08/26/2002 08:30:00 AM
Good thought on the challenge.
I like the cropping/composition, just a tad to bright for me.
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08/26/2002 04:53:00 AM
my gosh.. a belt and the title... it's pretty depressing.. but original from the other ones that i've seen so far. 7
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08/26/2002 03:31:00 AM
oh my! you must have had a childhood like mine.
08/26/2002 02:55:00 AM
kind of scary, but i assume this is a symbol from people's childhoods (thankfully not mine). Interesting use of white space.. I think the belt is a bit too bright tho.. maybe if it had a bit more contrast or darkness to it? 8
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08/26/2002 02:49:00 AM
I'm glad I'm not the only person to includea belt in my photo!
08/26/2002 12:18:00 AM
Challenge:0 (should not need the title and very very long shot)
Picture :7
Framing :6
Result : 4
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