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Challenge: Effects of SOPA (Expert Editing*)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Date: Jan 26, 2012
Date Uploaded: Jan 26, 2012


[Jan. 31st, 2012 06:42:07 AM]

If one takes a macroscopic look at human beings situation evolution throughout the few last centuries, it is very noticeable that a growing part are given more and more freedom, as time passes. In rich countries, people are now (more and more) able to make a number of important choices: what do they want to study, what do they want as a job, do they want children and how many, where do they want to live, where do they want to go for vacations, what kind of food they want to eat, what kind of music do they want to listen to, etc. Many of these choices would have been considered as a great luxury not so long ago. The rights have been gained through social battles against a few highly privileged persons. Formerly, these were kings and emperors, now they are politics, big companies owners and any person willing to hold always more and more power in their hands.

However, I believe that a vast majority of these rights are allowed mostly because they serve a purpose. Still the same old one. Everyone knows that chickens raised outdoors are much tastier than battery farmed ones... looks like it's the same for human beings. Men with more freedom grow up better, and are more productive. The problem is, these last years, the Internet appeared, and chickens are now communicating in a worldwide scale... and of course, they are starting to realize why they are allowed to run in the grass, as long as they do not try to go past the fence. This was long neglected by power holders, and they now have a serious problem: the recent events in several countries (the Arab Spring) demonstrated what decisive role the Internet can play, and what consequences such communication can have.

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA (and similar bills or laws)are plain shameless tries to restrain that communication, and get things under control again. These ones claim to address a particular problem (piracy of cultural products), but their principle can simply be summarized in controlling the knowledge people can access to. Music and movies is simply the tip of the iceberg. Don't get me wrong, I am not in favor of piracy: I am in favor of true freedom. I want to be able to buy any kind of music I like, not ONLY the one a particular company decided to produce, to advertise on TV and radios to no extend, annihilating any alternative. This is where the Internet is a complete revolution, which is consequently attacked in order to muzzle it.

I choose to depict the situation using good old books, not electronic devices, for a similar reason: the ones willing to restrain access to knowledge would LOVE the whole world to rely on them... if these devices become the only way to get to education or entertainment, imagine how easy it would be to control and filter things out! Just a mouse click from a desk in a tower, and tada, no one in country A can read or see about country B. Or no one can learn about idea X. How convenient.

Thank you all very much for your great comments and votes, they are very much appreciated. This was quite a challenge for me to create that picture, and I highly enjoyed working on it. I'm very glad some of you liked the result.

"We don't need no thought control!" (Pink Floyd, The Wall, 1979)

Statistics
Place: 1 out of 38
Avg (all users): 7.8344
Avg (commenters): 8.8182
Avg (participants): 7.4400
Avg (non-participants): 7.9091
Views since voting: 6265
Views during voting: 576
Votes: 157
Comments: 49
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02/12/2012 08:50:37 AM
I will read again and again "photographer's comments" and view over and over "Thought Control". You have expressed many of our sentiments represented by your excellent photo. Congratulations!
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02/09/2012 06:45:11 PM
You are an amazing, creative photographer. Gifted. Inspirational. Love your work.
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02/07/2012 05:32:47 PM
I love your art, Christophe. So glad you're here on DPC!

Message edited by author 2012-02-07 17:33:37.
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02/06/2012 10:51:50 AM
Along with the extordinary photo, what you wrote in the info is outstanding.
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02/05/2012 12:16:15 AM
Fantastic job, and narrative.
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02/04/2012 02:34:57 PM
I have seen better composites from you and this may be my least favorite of them all. I feel like some of the elements have not been merged together smoothly, especially the burning books in the air, it looks too much like they were pasted in there because their lighting, brightness, and sharpness don't quite match with the rest of the image. It took me awhile to figure out what the image was trying to say because the books are not clearly visible at all which is what this image is all about ... burning books. I am sure this was partly due to the limited image size (only 800 pixels), but I would have placed a book much, much closer and larger to the viewer in order for the viewer to understand immediately books are the main thing we are talking about here instead of searching for them mainly in the darkness. Fire could have been better too. Still great job in the short amount of time that you had and congrats on the blue and I hope you don't mind some critiques from me.

Message edited by author 2012-02-04 14:36:09.
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02/03/2012 04:27:07 PM
Of course we all knew this was you :-)
Initially I thought to myself "he missed a trick, he's burning books not the Internet! Quelle fromage!?" but then I thought about it a bit more and realised this shows the cyclic nature of history. Great image.
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02/03/2012 02:59:52 PM
Ha! I knew a low 7 couldn't stand. :)

Awesome compilation! I guess I low-balled you with the 9 I gave you. 10s being the most frequent.

However, when I read: "Everyone knows that people raised outdoors are much tastier than battery farmed ones... looks like it's the same for human beings." I started wondering about you a bit. Then I realized that I was way too tired, and started wondering about me a bit!

Congrats!
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02/03/2012 11:39:30 AM
Nice one,Congratulations.
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02/03/2012 11:11:39 AM
You are a genius!!!
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02/03/2012 09:18:30 AM
brings to mind fareinheit 451 by ray bradbury..
wonderful and thought provoking image.
congrats on the blue .. :)
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02/03/2012 06:46:21 AM
Congratulation Well Done Christophe
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02/03/2012 05:23:08 AM
Congratulations!
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02/03/2012 04:57:45 AM
Congratulations, Christophe. A very creative and thought provoking piece. I think that the present day cultural exchange genie is going to be impossible to bottle up again and there will be little willing participation from the masses in any bonfires of the vanities.
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02/03/2012 03:57:32 AM
Really creative and a great idea. Good job and congrats :)
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02/03/2012 03:40:24 AM
Bravo! another excellent idea and execution..
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02/03/2012 02:50:36 AM
Outstanding work Christophe ! Congratulations on another blue

Mike

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02/03/2012 12:50:33 AM
Originally posted by jjbeguin:

Very well done as usual.
But a little surprise you chose depict a manifestation of another age. My wife still remembers the burning by the American Legion of all books written or about Russians in her hometown library in the late 50s. This behavior had then more to do with “terminal stupidity” while this SOPA thing rimes better with “power”, “greed” and “control”.

I like your comment, thanks
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02/03/2012 12:16:05 AM
I love the wild dancing around the fire :-) Congrats on the blue.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/02/2012 11:34:20 PM
Great work. My top pick.10
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02/02/2012 10:11:35 PM
of course a 9
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02/02/2012 10:10:14 PM
Intriguing. I'm not a fan of burning books but the image as a whole is very nicely done.

Well Done Christophe.
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02/02/2012 09:39:08 PM
So you're behind it Christopher ;) Classic work and amazing amount of work, well done.
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02/02/2012 06:03:26 PM
The wind should be affecting the flame, too.
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02/02/2012 03:56:01 PM
congrats on the blue Christoph :) hehe i like the shadow detail and they're awkward movement. the only thing id say and this is not detrimental to your score but i can tell teh fire is a small fire not a large fire, i burn a lot of large fires clearing sites and demolition and theres something about a large fire. great work though, i hope no books were harmed in the making of this photo ;)

although looking through i think the library photo is going to give you a very good run for your money
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02/02/2012 07:04:13 AM
Love the painterly effect, striking image.
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02/02/2012 12:27:03 AM
very nice!
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02/01/2012 11:28:09 PM
Your editing is fantastic, as are your concepts, your execution, and vision. Good luck, though I know you won't need it!
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02/01/2012 11:41:31 AM
Fascinating. The usual 10! lol
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02/01/2012 11:06:28 AM
clear winner here. Well done conveying a story through surrealism.
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02/01/2012 07:33:19 AM
Extraordinary work
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01/31/2012 03:41:47 AM
Very well done as usual.
But a little surprise you chose depict a manifestation of another age. My wife still remembers the burning by the American Legion of all books written or about Russians in her hometown library in the late 50s. This behavior had then more to do with “terminal stupidity” while this SOPA thing rimes better with “power”, “greed” and “control”.
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01/30/2012 12:02:55 PM
Very creative, love this idea, got my highest vote. I smell a ribbon....
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01/30/2012 07:44:35 AM
This may be one of the top 3. Although I think it is stunning, just does not do it for me. Where does photography begin or stop? 8
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01/30/2012 01:24:36 AM
Stunning.... The Blue!
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01/29/2012 01:51:39 PM
Wow! I love the movement of the gent's overcoat. The green glow in the skulls is a brilliant touch, too. Very well done.
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01/28/2012 05:27:19 PM
Woah, what are all carrying?
votes?
sorry Christophe, I couldn't resist :D
very good job as always.
my only nitpick would be that simulating some more heat and dust in the air on the puppeteer, which would have gone well with the giant fire and the strong wind that seem to be blowing on the scene, but I am nitpicking.
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01/28/2012 10:12:21 AM
Best in show award, congrats
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01/27/2012 06:11:32 PM
This is bang on the challenge. Very Fahrenheit 451 albeit 59 years later. Bonne Chance. //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451
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01/27/2012 03:49:40 PM
Its very good, but I don't like the look of the fire.
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01/27/2012 12:21:39 PM
Very kristallnacht...
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01/27/2012 10:37:47 AM
Seriously every time I come across your creation I am stopped dead in my tracks to admire your work. You are an inspiration, keep it up.
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01/27/2012 09:14:37 AM
Must be a Christohpe... :) Excellent!! Love the glowing heads!!
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01/27/2012 08:50:56 AM
Your creativity is wasted in your current job!
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01/27/2012 08:32:21 AM
Someday you learn to be more detail oriented, but until then, I can only give you a 10.
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01/27/2012 08:23:07 AM
Christophe this reminds me of some great books: Fahrenheit 451, Tommy Knockers, War of the worlds. I love it very much except for the flying book on the left that seems less real than the rest of the image.

Edit: I meant the book on the right... of course :)

Message edited by author 2012-02-03 00:46:22.
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01/27/2012 08:04:17 AM
Well, Good job as usual.

Message edited by author 2012-02-03 08:08:28.
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01/27/2012 05:56:49 AM
The minds of DPC photographers is amazing, and then to create there vision to canvas even greater,this image is almost like the burning of all books in the lead up to the second world war,only this time with remote electronics.....10
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01/27/2012 01:45:21 AM
Pity about 800 pixels restriction, an easy 10
PS Book burning? What about Ipads and Kindles? :)
PS2 Nice coat
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