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Challenge: Childhood Without Children (Classic Editing)
Camera: Ricoh RDC-7
Location: Amsterdam, Silodam apartment building
Date: Aug 24, 2002
Aperture: 2.6
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/194
Date Uploaded: Aug 25, 2002

Living at the waterfront one wants to protect children even more. The half-open 'child-gate' amidst the other gates, symbolizes an over-protected childhood.

Place: 166 out of 172
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Views since voting: 693
Votes: 250
Comments: 17
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
09/01/2002 08:12:00 PM
Is this a school? The composition seems wrong somehow. 6.
09/01/2002 07:55:00 PM
Clear photo, but I am unsure of it's meaning.
09/01/2002 02:02:00 AM
i'm not really sure this photo screams childhood, but it could be taken a few different ways. given the title, it could mean a childhood locked up (not nessisarily literally, but in some way). This looks like a hotel, maybe you did a lot of traveling as a child. The angle and patterns are great. Lighting was perfect. I like the contrast of the horizontal lines in the foreground (the wood) to the vertical lines as the subject (the gates). good luck in the challenge.
08/30/2002 01:15:00 PM
O.K. this is a fine shot, of what? What is the bar at the bottom of the "cage"? 6 Swash
08/29/2002 12:52:00 PM
Good choice of subject but I think I would like to get a little closer. It took me a while to see the actual subject of the picture against all those railings.
08/28/2002 09:40:00 PM
I am at a loss what exactly it is I'm looking at. It reminds me of entrances to apartments in Europe (I grew up there myself). Perhaps it is the entrance to a school, but that is even less clear to me. If that is correct then I find that to the cage idea a bit of a stretch. Being indoors is not necessarily caged, not even to a child. If I'm making the wrong assumptions here, feel free to PM me with further explanations if you wish. Journey
Thanks for the PM with explanations. Some suggestions: the cage effect would be much stronger if you blur the apartments further or perhaps better yet crop out the image right above the top of the "cage". It emphasizes the "cage" aspect and also gives more important to the toddler's "gate". It would still read as an entrance but all the focus then is how you visualized that entrance into a cage. Would also crop out the stairs to the right. It distracts from the strong lines of the cages. Nice sharp image, I love the design of the cage. 6 Journey
08/28/2002 03:18:00 AM
With all the white bars, finding the toddler gate was very hard...
08/27/2002 10:05:00 PM
I'm sorry I don't understand!
08/27/2002 08:53:00 PM
Composition: Subject Placement, Cropping, Background6,
Technical: Focus, Exposure, Lighting, Processing5,
Challenge: Does your entry meet it?3,
Appeal: Is it Interesting, Motivating, Etc.? 4,
Total Averaged Rating5. Autool
08/27/2002 07:17:00 AM
How does this deal with abandoned childhood?
08/27/2002 03:03:00 AM
I am not sure how to relate to this photo, perhaps it is too personal to you. It doesn't make me feel anything (positive or negative) about childhood. On second thoughts, is the open baby gate supposed to represent an adult (who once was a child) leaving home? At least you made an effort to create a photo with feeling rather than a snap of a teddy-bear, so full marks in that respect. This is not an easy thing to do (and I speak from experience) and perhaps the lack of feeling is due to my lack of vision / imagination... I don't know. However, Ido feel that it is the photographer's responsibility to invoke some feelings / reaction to the photo (as opposed to expecting the viewer to think hard and imagine all the possible tangents). You may not agree with me, this is just my opinion.
08/27/2002 12:10:00 AM
Interesting commentary. It appeals to me, although it probably won't to most. It doesn't after all ellicit happy-go-lucky feelings. Still, I like what it has to say. Photographically, there are a lot of nice lines in this photo. You've got the handrails coming perpendicular toward the floorboards; the up and down of the railing pickets against the left-right of the mini blinds, and the strong black lines of the windows to contrast the white railings. The orange picks this picture right up. I like it. 7, just-married
08/26/2002 10:47:00 PM
Huh? What? This photo has nothing to do with this challenge!
08/26/2002 10:07:00 PM
I'm sorry, you lost me :(
08/26/2002 08:50:00 PM
I'm sorry but I don't see the challenge here. Good perspective and DOF.
08/26/2002 02:37:00 PM
I am guessing these "cages" are queues for something, but I am not sure what.
I like the repetitive nature of the vertical white bars, but the photo itself lacks punch and focal point.
08/26/2002 06:39:00 AM
I can see it, but the childhood element of this photo is a little weak... The challenge was to 'capture your impression of childhood'.... Is this gate across the walkway your impression of childhood? I can see how it is an impression of childhood, but I would love to have seen something a bit stronger as a childhood impression :) - jmsetzler

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