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02/09/2013 08:39:26 PM · #1
What is the difference between absurd and surreal?

The English word 'Absurd' is described in the challenge description.
Absurd as art is a little different, I think.

I think, not sure, that it is generally humor. I think, for the most part, absurd photos should be funny.

Regardless, I think this is going to be a very interesting challenge.
02/09/2013 09:39:56 PM · #2
Monty Python = Absurd
Salvador Dali = Surreal
02/09/2013 10:21:00 PM · #3
Think of "absurd" as "ridiculous" and you won't be far off the mark, I'd say.
02/09/2013 11:08:00 PM · #4
the surreal is "super real", it stands beyond us somewhere, staring at us with its giant fish eye.

the absurd is foolish. it lies slippery at our feet. it trips our pretensions and assumptions. it makes no claim to live in our dreams. it lives instead within the gutter of our daily lives.

You might confuse the two because both assault convention, but they come from opposite ends. One is Romantic, the other Existentialist.
02/10/2013 07:17:27 AM · #5
You confirmed an assumption and expanded my thoughts on the subject.

I love how each answer is accurate in its own right and all are completely different.
Don, I was going to just put our dogs head on one of my kids and call it a day.
Now you've raised the bar and I am stuck.

Thank you for your perspectives.
02/11/2013 06:18:56 PM · #6
I'm even more confused now and I'm the one that suggested it... :)

Message edited by author 2013-02-11 18:19:07.
02/11/2013 07:04:11 PM · #7
A chihuahua wearing baby clothes--absurdity?
02/11/2013 07:08:34 PM · #8
Originally posted by pixelpig:

A chihuahua wearing baby clothes--absurdity?


Not anymore! LOL! How about a hound dog in a tutu?
02/11/2013 07:11:12 PM · #9
Naw. It's all been done. Thinking of something that is absurd, but not a cliche, is not going to be easy. In fact...it's a challenge.

IMHO a simple shot of the front page of my local newspaper is sufficient absurdity.

Message edited by author 2013-02-11 19:12:17.
02/11/2013 07:37:07 PM · #10
Originally posted by Kelli:

Originally posted by pixelpig:

A chihuahua wearing baby clothes--absurdity?


Not anymore! LOL! How about a hound dog in a tutu?


One time I realized I'd broken a lens and I was about to get really upset and a chihuahua walked by in little booties on it's feet and a dress or something else and then I realized it wasn't so serious. Absurd is the every day in Korea. This would be so much easier if I was still there. ;)
02/11/2013 07:45:58 PM · #11
You could take a picture of the Whitehouse!
02/11/2013 08:17:09 PM · #12
Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd
02/11/2013 08:37:19 PM · #13
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd
Even better would have been Clint Eastwood losing a debate against a chair.
02/11/2013 08:53:38 PM · #14
Originally posted by Venser:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd
Even better would have been Clint Eastwood losing a debate against a chair.


Since reality is that Clint won that one. Great moment in politics.
02/11/2013 08:55:39 PM · #15
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd


Either of them caring about this country would be absurd.
02/11/2013 09:16:06 PM · #16
before this goes into the political debate....this could be a great photographic challenge, to bad it is a photoshop challenge...oh well.
02/11/2013 09:24:06 PM · #17
Originally posted by Basta:

before this goes into the political debate....this could be a great photographic challenge, to bad it is a photoshop challenge...oh well.


Don't be absurd. Lol
02/11/2013 09:35:51 PM · #18
Originally posted by Basta:

before this goes into the political debate....this could be a great photographic challenge, to bad it is a photoshop challenge...oh well.


Why not make it a photographic challenge? I don't get people ho humming about not doing expert challenges. You don't HAVE to use all the rule allowances. :P
02/11/2013 09:39:50 PM · #19
Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd


Do you ever give it a rest?
02/11/2013 09:41:07 PM · #20
Originally posted by escapetooz:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd


Do you ever give it a rest?


Hope not. It's fresh to have other common sense voices on here.
02/11/2013 09:47:49 PM · #21
Originally posted by escapetooz:

Originally posted by Basta:

before this goes into the political debate....this could be a great photographic challenge, to bad it is a photoshop challenge...oh well.


Why not make it a photographic challenge? I don't get people ho humming about not doing expert challenges. You don't HAVE to use all the rule allowances. :P


it is much more simple than ho humm.

It is principle.

This place is supposed to be " Digital Photography Challenge" and NOT " Digital Photoshop Challenge"

we all know what digital art is , and there is plenty places for it around.

this is just my opinion and I'm sticking with it...
02/11/2013 10:30:52 PM · #22
Originally posted by Basta:

Originally posted by escapetooz:

Originally posted by Basta:

before this goes into the political debate....this could be a great photographic challenge, to bad it is a photoshop challenge...oh well.


Why not make it a photographic challenge? I don't get people ho humming about not doing expert challenges. You don't HAVE to use all the rule allowances. :P


it is much more simple than ho humm.

It is principle.

This place is supposed to be " Digital Photography Challenge" and NOT " Digital Photoshop Challenge"

we all know what digital art is , and there is plenty places for it around.

this is just my opinion and I'm sticking with it...


Right so you do what you do. Why worry about other people?
02/11/2013 10:31:38 PM · #23
Originally posted by klkitchens:

Originally posted by escapetooz:

Originally posted by cowboy221977:

Nancy Pelosi / Barack Obama = absurd


Do you ever give it a rest?


Hope not. It's fresh to have other common sense voices on here.


Us vs. Them is not common sense. Almost all politicians on BOTH sides are absurd. No need to make it a pissing contest, there are enough crazies to go around.
02/11/2013 10:46:01 PM · #24
Originally posted by escapetooz:

Originally posted by Basta:

Originally posted by escapetooz:

Originally posted by Basta:

before this goes into the political debate....this could be a great photographic challenge, to bad it is a photoshop challenge...oh well.


Why not make it a photographic challenge? I don't get people ho humming about not doing expert challenges. You don't HAVE to use all the rule allowances. :P


it is much more simple than ho humm.

It is principle.

This place is supposed to be " Digital Photography Challenge" and NOT " Digital Photoshop Challenge"

we all know what digital art is , and there is plenty places for it around.

this is just my opinion and I'm sticking with it...


Right so you do what you do. Why worry about other people?


Wow! It must be nice being young with all the answers to your own questions. LOL.
02/11/2013 11:13:27 PM · #25
Originally posted by Basta:


Wow! It must be nice being young with all the answers to your own questions. LOL.


How many times has my age been called out on DPC... let me count. I'm not even sure what you are getting at here.

I just wanted to have fun with absurd photos! Use expert or don't. I don't see what the big deal is. A good image is a good image.
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