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At home with my allergy
At home with my allergy
Paul


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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit I (Advanced Editing VII*)
Collection: My favourites
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4.0L IS
Location: Birmingham, England
Date: Mar 5, 2010
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/125
Galleries: Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Mar 5, 2010

As soon as this challenge was offered up I knew I wanted to do some both highly contrived and outside of my comfort zone. I also knew I wanted to do something a little bizarre. My first idea was to try to shoot in an art gallery with people dressed in bizarre clothing but with all of them only interested in a simple fish in a bowl on a pedestal table. The logistics of pulling that off in a week were beyond me but the idea of juxtaposing the bizarre with the ordinary stuck. By the time I came to shoot, this idea was firmly lodged in my head; the only change was having Sophie hold the flower pot - the pedestal table I had was too high.

The only thing that was unplanned was the specific look of the edit - I knew I wanted something that was kind of fifties in look but I wasn't sure how I would achieve it.

I think this style is perfect for the image, I really, really like this flat lighting look.

Normally I have a pretty good idea as to the sort of score one of my images will get ('Main Street' aside!); but I really don't have a clue as to how this will be received - I know this certainly isn't a typical DPC 'favourite' image; but isn't that the point of this challenge?

I think it is the most interesting work I've produced to date and I'm very pleased with how close it is to the vision I had in my head and although I can say that I have shot this for me, I'll be disappointed if no one else likes it.

Oh - I should say something about the gas mask; Russian Army surplus, bought from a local Army surplus store - 12.99. Bargain!

Statistics
Place: 7 out of 193
Avg (all users): 6.4874
Avg (commenters): 8.4286
Avg (participants): 6.3883
Avg (non-participants): 6.5938
Views since voting: 3049
Views during voting: 534
Votes: 199
Comments: 40
Favorites: 10 (view)


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03/19/2011 03:06:59 PM
Very creative and interesting!
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12/30/2010 12:43:22 PM
Period pieces are YOU! Awesome. Yup, very 50s.
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03/19/2010 07:50:21 AM
Fantastic. My favorite photo of the challenge. I really like this!
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03/18/2010 03:17:46 PM
Everything works so well in this, I just cant stop looking at it. Congrats on pulling of something so different & so superb
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03/15/2010 09:13:01 PM
Originally posted by Sirashley:

The leather and old school t.v. are a nice touch... I just find this to be an interesting shot... I wish my prom date dressed like that, gas mask and all... That woulda been a story for the Grandkids... I digress... Great shot!


Not only is it a great image- you got a killer comment. I wish my prom date dressed like that, gas mask and all.. Too FUNNY!!!
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03/15/2010 11:43:41 AM
brilliantly bizzare, nice work mate............
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03/15/2010 03:06:31 AM
I think this is a great shot that deserves a wider airing.

Very well conceived and executed, the only thisn that I'm not so sure of (personally) is the colour of the toning - but even that isn't a big issue.
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03/15/2010 01:41:36 AM
I thought for sure this was De Sousa's. Congrats on your finish.
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03/15/2010 12:41:06 AM
Love this!!!
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03/15/2010 12:02:01 AM
I'm so glad this got the high marks it deserved. Way to go!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/14/2010 10:32:52 PM
Certainly has the objects that fit the challenge. The old TV is nifty - not sure about the stool. Might strike up a good conversation at a gallery. Persaonlly, I would have made the title further from the literal interpretation of this to keep the intrigue high.
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03/14/2010 10:29:33 PM
Awesome shot. I love the muted tones. Excellent work
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03/14/2010 08:38:47 PM
If ribbons were handed out for conception alone, you'd get the blue. From me anyway.
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03/14/2010 05:27:37 PM
Definitely not business-as-usual on DPC. I'm sure this will do well; my only criticism (can't win for trying, can you?) is that it veers into gimmicky territory, so no more than an 8 from me.
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03/14/2010 02:17:17 PM
Great job. Love the concept. The shadow balances the comp perfectly. Good luck!
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03/14/2010 07:17:45 AM
The title meh, the image outstanding..
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03/13/2010 10:53:22 PM
This is just so kitschy, wonderful, weird, bizarre, and cool I juist love it. It mahes me ask WTF, and why on so many levels. And when all that is over, it makes me smile.....10
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03/13/2010 10:02:42 PM
Well, well, well! Conceptual art at best level. Great work!
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03/13/2010 05:23:16 PM
6 - Yes, a bit odd - the ol' gas mask, whilst not exclusive to certain artists, is a bit cliche for me. The quality of the image is good and seemingly studio set up makes for good lighting etc - but, I don't know, personal preference I guess - the style just doesn't appeal to me much these days.
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03/13/2010 03:18:44 PM
Very cool. The TV is classic! Everything is spectacular...the emptiness, the outfit, the pose. My only nit pick is the black shadow on the chest from the bottom of the mask. Great Job.
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03/13/2010 07:44:36 AM
Now we're talking... I'm liking this one alot
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03/12/2010 09:40:33 PM
Hi Jorge.
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03/12/2010 03:14:12 PM
Love this. So interesting and different.
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03/12/2010 10:27:25 AM
The leather and old school t.v. are a nice touch... I just find this to be an interesting shot... I wish my prom date dressed like that, gas mask and all... That woulda been a story for the Grandkids... I digress... Great shot!
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03/12/2010 01:48:40 AM
Simply fantastic
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03/11/2010 11:09:11 PM
This is by far one of the most unique photographs I've seen in a long time. The viewer has a chance to see this in a couple of ways. My first thought was that the subject (or you) is allergic to flowers. But my eye went to the TV first and continued to do so. After thinking and digger deeper, I'm guessing the subject (or you) is allergic to television.

Your tones really make this pop for me. It has a WW2 type feel. Like something you would see on a billboard. The placment of the subjects is great and conveys your title well. If it's ok, the only thing I might suggest about the photo it a bit more back lighting to avoid the shadow behind her. As ann example, the TV shows no shadow other than the legs of the stool. Please don't take that as a bad thing.

Excellent photo, so worthy of this challenge and really hope you get a high finish. This is a comment only due to not being a full member. If I was, you would have recieved a 10.
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03/11/2010 02:40:39 PM
Far out! :) Love the whole idea and the way you carried it off. Already gave you a 10. Just back to comment.
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03/11/2010 01:27:48 PM
This is just too weird. Awesomely creative and well done.
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03/11/2010 11:21:05 AM
Wow! Are we back in the early years of the cold war with that television set? Is the model nurturing a bit of life in the midst of bleakness? Very nice.
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03/10/2010 01:05:48 PM
Top 3 for me, wonderful shot with great imagination
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03/09/2010 11:50:47 PM
gas masks always score well... :) Back to add this was supposed to be a Fine Arts challenge, not a public service announcement for my job! 8
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03/09/2010 10:18:01 PM
OMG this is hilarious hahaha! Excellent concept and execution. Bump to a 10
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03/09/2010 05:13:16 PM
kind of different in a very good way...excellent set-up
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03/09/2010 04:08:21 PM
70s 'prog rock' album cover. I like it
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03/09/2010 11:03:34 AM
Would I hang this on my wall. Probably not, but still a very very interesting picture. However I judge on what I would hang in my apartment. I am not sure if I would classify this as "fine art". Nevertheless a good pic. for an other competition. At the moment you will have to live with my 6 Maybe later I pump up to a 7. Not sure at the moment. PS. you have courage !!
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03/09/2010 09:48:55 AM
:) Awesome job! The story it tells makes me smile and be drawn to it!
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03/09/2010 12:22:40 AM
God this is fabulous.
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03/08/2010 07:39:15 PM
Wonderful. I like images like this and am glad to see this challenge has brought out the true artist in some people. If I was better at portraits and had a setup for it I would be doing a lot of images like this.
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03/08/2010 07:08:47 PM
campy but still compelling.
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03/08/2010 12:52:18 PM
Great job of portraying the feeling that people with allergies have. Excellent 10.
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