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03/23/2014 05:52:36 PM · #1
I was completely floored by the essays. I think Paul (' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ubique set a tone that that brought the best out of the rest of us. In this most amazing group of essays the one that stood out and had the most personal meaning to me was Don's "The Humble Art". I'm looking forward to revisiting all of the essays.
03/23/2014 01:59:24 PM · #2
"not for a moment, but for a state of mind". Don, your ability to "see" life, both in words and in pictures, is spot on brilliant... and most of why I remain here.

03/23/2014 01:46:51 PM · #3
Thanks for the kind words. Paul's words were just as good and his photos better. I'm glad I don't have to pick a winner.
03/23/2014 01:41:29 PM · #4
' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' LevT wrote that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' posthumous's essay "is not a photo-essay, it's a photo-poem. An ode to photography ".

I printed his essay for reference. If I were to teach how to see, or photography, or simply explaining a process through words I would use it. Little things that are worth considering even when we have a challenge topic such as : bananas or dogs or forks….

objectivity simply isn’t out there, and that truth comes from us

I saw something happening, not sure what, and quickly took the shot

I throw layers on, try different blendings, and see what happens.

for images to “work,” they must do what paintings do, and stand not for a moment but for a state of mind, for a little world
03/23/2014 11:57:19 AM · #5
My hat off to all you brilliant essayists. Haven't had the time to even contemplate creating something here, and only just now have had a change to see/read anything at all. Don, your essay... I exist in the place of not-knowing.
03/23/2014 07:49:18 AM · #6
Originally posted by ubique:

Originally posted by posthumous:

Here is my essay. The Humble Art


'The Humble Art'

This is a quite brilliant, incandescent essay on the nature of photography and the photograph.

You ask questions that everyone who professes to be a photographer ought to be absorbed by, obsessed by, animated by, driven by, haunted by.
Alas, very few will care about your cerebration of photography, and those who might have profited most will care least of all.

Two of your observations I call out for special applause:

• Photography celebrates the ‘happy accident’ of art.
At its best, photography is a transformative process, and the photographer does well to keep the loosest possible control – ideally bordering on the negligent – over that alchemy.

• ‘Isn’t it thrilling not to know what a photograph is?’
Yes, because that uncertainty inspires curiosity. Curiosity is the most important thing in art.

This is my choice for best essay. It’s the best short essay on photography that I’ve seen anywhere.

Thank you.


I agree, it was BRILLIANT!
03/23/2014 03:30:33 AM · #7
Originally posted by posthumous:

Here is my essay. The Humble Art


'The Humble Art'

This is a quite brilliant, incandescent essay on the nature of photography and the photograph.

You ask questions that everyone who professes to be a photographer ought to be absorbed by, obsessed by, animated by, driven by, haunted by.
Alas, very few will care about your cerebration of photography, and those who might have profited most will care least of all.

Two of your observations I call out for special applause:

• Photography celebrates the ‘happy accident’ of art.
At its best, photography is a transformative process, and the photographer does well to keep the loosest possible control – ideally bordering on the negligent – over that alchemy.

• ‘Isn’t it thrilling not to know what a photograph is?’
Yes, because that uncertainty inspires curiosity. Curiosity is the most important thing in art.

This is my choice for best essay. It’s the best short essay on photography that I’ve seen anywhere.
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and thank you.

Message edited by author 2014-03-24 01:48:27.
03/20/2014 01:26:35 PM · #8
Originally posted by salmiakki:

Are we doing this for March too ?


I hope so. I'm still finding the time to go through all these essays to pick my favourite though - been silly busy recently. I haven't actually looked at any of the essays yet - i've been waiting until i've got a spare afternoon to immerse myself. It's on it's way though.

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03/20/2014 01:13:40 PM · #9
Are we doing this for March too ?
03/07/2014 09:08:54 AM · #10
Originally posted by Neat:

Here's mine, a study on childhood

I took these all in Italy.


Such a wonderful feeling of the innocence of growing up. You captured that time when you had so few worries and just wanted to have fun. The nostalgic processing helps to get that feeling across. Time just went by so quickly back then.
03/04/2014 08:42:06 PM · #11
Originally posted by mariuca:

I started to comment in the order of how the essays were posted and I got to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' neat essay a study on childhood
There seems to be no link to the DPC portfolio and I wished to favorite 2 or 3 images.

Anita, I find your essay so touching, so amusing, so full of life and so delicate that I want to keep some of the images at hand.
You left us wonder what's in the minds and eyes of the two kids photographed from the back looking at the smashing of waves; you made in another picture the sand looking more menacing than the ocean and the kids running on a fragile and desultory path, the little games, the girl with the frozen look holding to her toy … all in a beautiful faded sea green hue ….

A work to remember


Thanks.

Your words mean a lot to me.

I will post all the images in a portfolio now. Here's the link A study of childhood

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03/04/2014 08:00:51 PM · #12
I started to comment in the order of how the essays were posted and I got to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' neat essay a study on childhood
There seems to be no link to the DPC portfolio and I wished to favorite 2 or 3 images.

Anita, I find your essay so touching, so amusing, so full of life and so delicate that I want to keep some of the images at hand.
You left us wonder what's in the minds and eyes of the two kids photographed from the back looking at the smashing of waves; you made in another picture the sand looking more menacing than the ocean and the kids running on a fragile and desultory path, the little games, the girl with the frozen look holding to her toy … all in a beautiful faded sea green hue ….

A work to remember
03/04/2014 04:51:48 PM · #13
Originally posted by 2mccs:

This one thread is worth the price of membership. I haven't gotten through everything. They are amazing. Thanks to all that made this happen, Don, Clive, Cory, participants, and commenters. I will go through them slowly and comment over the next few weeks.


yes, me too. this is the most exciting thing to cross our dpc bows... I have thought about what I have seen quite a lot, and feel very cautious about breaking up my impressions with words, but of course I will, words are not wholly unlike lenses, little sirens, coquilles, or maybe even nun's farts, fleeting phenomena, something not quite things in themselves.
03/04/2014 04:11:52 PM · #14
I did my best to put my essay into a DPC portfolio, so for those of you having trouble with the PDF, or those of you who want to leave comments, use this:

//www.dpchallenge.com/portfolio.php?USER_ID=50695&collection_id=41702
03/04/2014 01:35:21 PM · #15
I'm still commenting via the DPC 'first images' where they exist, which seems the least disruptive way. Done all up to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' PennyStreet so far, and I've enjoyed every one.
03/04/2014 10:12:55 AM · #16
This one thread is worth the price of membership. I haven't gotten through everything. They are amazing. Thanks to all that made this happen, Don, Clive, Cory, participants, and commenters. I will go through them slowly and comment over the next few weeks.
03/04/2014 09:16:22 AM · #17
Nothing from me this time. I'm concentrating on commenting. I like the idea of posting to the first page of the essay. If it's not here, you could put up one page here, just for comments. I enjoy reading the comments of others as well.
03/04/2014 09:03:52 AM · #18
No essay this month. Amazing photographs and writing. Thanks everyone.
03/04/2014 08:36:52 AM · #19
I agree with ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' melethia that commenting on photo essays is all over the place. I appreciate the different approaches chosen to showcase photo essays but it would be nice if commenting was more consistent. One idea, like some of us have done, is set up a title page on DPC that links to your essay. When I look through the essays it's nice to read what others see or feel. It's a valuable part of DPC and easiest if they are attached to the actual story and not buried in a forum.

Just a thought and I'm open other ideas.

--Henry

03/04/2014 12:38:05 AM · #20
If there are to be threads with just the essays, but no comments, is there a better way that people would LIKE their comments? Since not all are posted to DPC, the normal commenting avenue may be closed. I'm assuming comments are indeed welcome, but just wondering how best to go about it.

That said, a grateful "thank you" to Don for so eloquently putting in words and photographs why I still enjoy taking my camera out for a walk now and then.
03/04/2014 12:17:58 AM · #21
Awesome stuff here. For a sec I also wanted to say that "Not sure I should post my images here amongst all these excellent essays."

But heck, why not. That's what this is about.

Thanks guys

Oh and I loved the "Photography ... it’s a ... a lucky strike."

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Man I loved those ciggies!

Message edited by author 2014-03-04 00:20:30.
03/03/2014 11:07:31 PM · #22
Not sure I should post my images here amongst all these excellent essays. But I'm going to share anyway - I put the selection together in the last few minutes, so it's perhaps not as cohesive as I would have liked. However, having shot for this side challenge, I wanted to share.

Beneath the Bridge

Message edited by author 2014-03-03 23:13:25.
03/03/2014 11:01:41 PM · #23
"Isn't it thrilling not to know what a photograph is?"

That's a wonderful statement, Don, and exactly what I've come to expect from you :-) We're blessed to have among us people like you and Ubique, able (and willing) to express yourelves so well in pursuit of this imponderable not-art we're here to share.
03/03/2014 10:54:33 PM · #24
Originally posted by whiteroom:


"Photography reminds me that it’s a game, a joke, a lucky strike. Photography is full of joy."
(Can I use it?)

And it is thrilling not to know what a photograph is!
my words are at your disposal
03/03/2014 10:52:35 PM · #25
I don't want to confuse people with multiple threads, and I can't guarantee all the essayists will find the new thread, but crowd control has never been my forte, so if you want to make two threads be my guest.
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