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01/13/2017 02:15:53 AM · #1
Matt Mahurin

Been out of touch and sync of late, but this fellow makes me smile with wonder. Here's hoping.
01/13/2017 03:20:49 AM · #2
thanks for posting
01/13/2017 11:35:00 AM · #3
An interesting collection. Thanks.
01/13/2017 11:55:16 AM · #4
yes, yes, oh yes
01/13/2017 12:02:24 PM · #5
Whoa! That's seriously strong work!
01/13/2017 01:43:55 PM · #6

Goodness, now I need to know everything about this photographer. This is, how shall I say, beyond phtography, when a form of art goes beyond its medium. Thanks John for opening this door to me.
01/13/2017 01:52:33 PM · #7
Originally posted by mariuca:

Goodness, now I need to know everything about this photographer. This is, how shall I say, beyond phtography, when a form of art goes beyond its medium. Thanks John for opening this door to me.

The photos are the star - unparalleled by the illustrations. Am still looking
01/13/2017 03:34:47 PM · #8
what mariuca has said.
01/13/2017 06:46:44 PM · #9
Wow...
01/13/2017 07:27:22 PM · #10
So, lemme get this straight...everyone is flabbergasted, but I bet dollars to donuts that if any of those images were entered here on DPC, they would be sent to mid-5s hell for his use of shallow dof, lensbaby to the extreme and grain. Discuss.

Message edited by author 2017-01-13 19:29:46.
01/13/2017 07:49:14 PM · #11
Originally posted by snaffles:

So, lemme get this straight...everyone is flabbergasted, but I bet dollars to donuts that if any of those images were entered here on DPC, they would be sent to mid-5s hell for his use of shallow dof, lensbaby to the extreme and grain. Discuss.


Absolutely. The 3 or 4 ones it would receive would kill it out of the gate.
But there are a few that might get through.

Some of the blurrier ones weren't my cup of tea, but it really does help to see things as a group. The others that I really liked helped me look at the whole group a little more open minded. That's why I like the challenges that get us out of our comfort zone both in entering and voting.

That's also why I think the 2 week time frame is a bit unfortunate. People keep saying that they're picking and choosing more now. The strength of this site, as far as learning goes, is when you enter the challenges that don't play to your strengths. Actually going out and trying the things that don't particularly interest you can give you the biggest surprises.

It wasn't the viewing of the abstract challenges that made me more open minded. It was the experimenting and being intrigued and proud of what I came up with that made me more interested in exploring others' results.

Not said well, but hopefully you get the idea. :)
01/13/2017 08:01:09 PM · #12
Thank you John for posting. I will be going back to look at these many times.
01/13/2017 08:50:37 PM · #13
Originally posted by snaffles:

So, lemme get this straight...everyone is flabbergasted, but I bet dollars to donuts that if any of those images were entered here on DPC, they would be sent to mid-5s hell for his use of shallow dof, lensbaby to the extreme and grain. Discuss.
I disagree. Most would score under 5.
01/13/2017 10:02:46 PM · #14
Well, I entered his work on this thread and can say with certainty that he scored many 10's. His work, and any work, is beyond the score. Sorry Snaffles, your comment has truth for sure.
01/13/2017 10:18:58 PM · #15
Originally posted by daisydavid:

....Sorry Snaffles, your comment has truth for sure.


Sometimes I hate it when I'm right, but for the most part, voters here favour those who play safe. Risk-takers are punished. If this weren't true, I would have a sh*tload of ribbons. That I have only 3, after 600+ entries, speaks volumes.

Message edited by author 2017-01-13 22:24:15.
01/13/2017 10:49:04 PM · #16
There is also now an innate taste of people for sharp image. It probably came through digital cameras and ways of processing to get a hyper reality. I noticed this reaction even in my modest collection of pics rated here or at 1x. Like a lot of nearsighted people, I like sharpness but not in itself.

In Mahurin case, the pictures benefit a lot from being shown one after each and not just one, separately. There is a sense of looking at life with eyes semi closed or through tears or eyes fogged by melancholia. Nothing is gratuitous in his images.True simplicity.
Seeing one by one, some images will not make such a powerful impact. There is world there - we might not have access to (fortunately), of such pain as shown in some of his images. Or his way of seeing a dog running or children playing.
It is not the blur, the monochrome, the contrast; it's the undefinable that is art at a high level.

His commissions are impressive technically but highly commercials in the vein done by a lot of talented people. If I look at the first image of the man with the hat and think that i can easily take one element away without damaging the image it is telling enough.
01/14/2017 12:37:38 PM · #17
also
Matt Mahurin instagram

he works in all mediums media- amazing
sp. thanks Bear

Message edited by author 2017-01-14 15:46:03.
01/14/2017 03:30:53 PM · #18
Beautiful collection. I'd score them all over 5.
01/14/2017 03:30:59 PM · #19
thank you, more fuel.
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