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Challenge: Fine Arts: Exhibit II (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Canon EOS-500D Rebel T1i
Lens: Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Location: Austin, TX
Date: Mar 29, 2011
Galleries: Emotive, Digital Art
Date Uploaded: Mar 29, 2011

Self-portrait. I donned a black wig and shot through a piece of ice block glass. I don't have any idea how this will do but it's very personal to me. I wanted to create something in remembrance of the recent tragedy in Japan.

Post challenge: I was surprised by all the low votes on the non-participating voters. I agree that because the tsunami happened so recently, this might have struck a raw nerve with some. This photograph was a way for me to express my horror of the event in a healthy way.

Fine Arts II Juried Results:
Honorable Mention

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(Judge's comments below)
Of course I am influenced by the turn of events, but it just gut-wrenching.

It impacts me greatly, presentation is metaphorical and understated. The only problem is the title, but I refuse to judge the photo by the title.

I certainly understand the issues brought up in regards to the manipulative title, and I felt the same way, but for me the image stands on its own without the title, I think given the turn of events, I would’ve thought of the tsunami regardless of the title. I think the processing is very appropriate, and the photographic way of expression the helplessness of a person against flow of nature is great. I don’t care how it is done, reflection in a car or whatever, I am simply looking at the result.

This caught my eye at first because my last FS had the tsunami in mind. I've never personally lived through a tragedy of this sort, thus the importance of this image for me. It brought empathy to the forefront. As I delved in to the image more faces of despair appeared, another tug at the heart for the human condition. I don't know where the distortion is coming from, but it clearly represents water, a simple choice for the photographer; however, it is extremely effective. The choice of tone works very well. A timely piece.

If I had a class and shouted "you have 5 minutes to do a tsunami tribute... GO!!!" and a kid ran back to me with this photo, I'd be blown away.

Well executed and compelling in its own right but as a contemporary piece it resonates so strongly. I challenged myself to consider whether it was cynically constructed but I could not find that in it; instead the distortion/reflection is itself reflective of the essence of the wave and the tragedy so caused.

I absolutely hear (and share) others concerns about its manipulative nature. We don't know the personal context of the photographer and all could be personal or all could be cynically constructed. Does the image work as a contemporary contribution? Yes it does. I actually think the manipulation can work for it too; we all had our perception of that event mediated via TV and newspapers; advertising space was still sold, tragedy became primetime - it's the world we live in. We could say media is manipulation. I think Tsunami image is reflective, I think it is manipulative.

Place: 33 out of 167
Avg (all users): 5.8750
Avg (commenters): 7.8462
Avg (participants): 6.2857
Avg (non-participants): 5.4211
Views since voting: 1142
Views during voting: 396
Votes: 160
Comments: 21
Favorites: 3 (view)

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04/16/2011 09:11:26 PM
WOW .. this is powerful .. :)
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04/15/2011 05:50:29 AM
Love this. Got an 8 fom me.
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04/15/2011 04:36:14 AM
I think the scores were a bit lower than they might have been if the pain wasn't still so fresh. Its a beautiful image, but for me it elicits a galvanic reaction of pulling away.

Interesting to see that participants were much kinder int heir scoring than non.
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04/15/2011 03:19:57 AM
Excellent job, Roseann. Poignant.
...It also gives me a great business idea!
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04/15/2011 12:54:21 AM
Excruciatingly sad.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
04/14/2011 10:57:47 PM
i'm not sure if this fits in with fine art or not, but I do like your symbolic interpretation of an event like this.
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04/14/2011 07:12:48 PM
So sad. Beautiful creation.
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04/14/2011 05:09:45 PM
Haunting distortion. In my top picks. High on the contemporary art meter.
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04/13/2011 10:25:11 PM
Just WOW! I hope this finishes well. Fantastic.
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04/13/2011 05:50:39 AM
Wonderful vision, sad, haunting and beautiful.
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04/11/2011 11:24:43 PM
This feels more like a reportage image than fine art to me. Even though there is a side that tries to speak fine art, it loudly speaks reportage to me. It brings on serious emotion of fear and terror. I am not altogether sure it fits in this challenge. But maybe I am the only one thinking that.
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04/11/2011 05:47:19 PM
Strong image.
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04/10/2011 09:30:20 PM
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04/10/2011 12:50:08 PM
LOVE the unctuousness of this shot!!!! Great tones too.
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04/09/2011 04:08:31 PM
I think the title fits this well.
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04/09/2011 05:21:38 AM
I like this. The look is haunting, not just for the distortion. I like the title, but I think that recent events have added a subtext to the word (which will of course vanish in time) that distracts the viewer from the image, which is brooding and haunting of its own accord, separate from events.
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04/08/2011 11:07:26 PM
Maybe premature. I don't know. Stunning for sure.
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04/08/2011 11:21:35 AM
Wow. Great job!
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04/08/2011 09:00:13 AM
emotive. hauntingly beautiful.
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04/08/2011 08:07:27 AM
So very powerful. Such a moving tribute to a great tragedy. The expression of fear in the eyes, the distortion of the face as her world ends makes this terrifying to see. But we are compelled to look to tragedy, and be thankful it wasn't happening to us. 10
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04/08/2011 02:22:33 AM
this is gut-wrenching good
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