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03/03/2014 10:03:25 PM · #76
Originally posted by posthumous:

Here is my essay. I apologize in advance that it's a 3.4 Meg PDF file. I just didn't have time to do it any other way.

The Humble Art

Many thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ubique for inspiring me to do this with his essay. He made me realize that I want to speak about my own feelings on photography.


Astonishing Don, I'm breathless! It's what I've always felt, but never been able to express.

My fave quotes from you;

But photography is as transformative as any art form, and as unreliable. The machine is not
objective, not true, suggesting to me that objectivity simply isn't out there, and that truth
comes from us. Anyone who takes photographs knows that they lie, finding a mood that was
about to come into existence but never did, easily calibrated to bring out an overwhelming
darkness that was never there. So where does the transformation, the lie, occur? Inside the
machine?

We want to believe that I have captured a real feeling of fear in this photo. I want to believe it. I
love the photo because I believe it. But that is belief, not knowledge. If I were a time traveling
Dr. Doolittle and went back to this moment, and found out that Sophie was merely constipated,
does that destroy the image? I don’t think so. In the world of theater, they call it the suspension
of disbelief. We don’t have to trust art. If art allows us to suspend disbelief, it’s done its job and
we can enjoy the result. This one cracked me up!~


Message edited by author 2014-03-03 23:34:11.
03/03/2014 10:08:28 PM · #77
Wow - no other words.
03/03/2014 10:37:14 PM · #78
I managed to have today another share of perusing the latest photo essays. I said perusing and not viewing because I have to look over and over again to all of the essays before I write down a single word of appreciation.

Meanwhile, I do have a practical suggestion.
Could ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' posthumous open two new thread called :

January 2014 photo essays and
February 2014 photo essays
where we can all put the link of our essays without any comments so that we can easily get to them in the future?

I truly feel that at some point we could print a book but if we don't organize them they'll get lost in the shuffle.

I believe that there is still an hour and change until the deadline for this 2nd essay and then we can reorganize them before starting the March essay.
How do you people feel about this?
03/03/2014 10:41:52 PM · #79
Originally posted by mariuca:

I managed to have today another share of perusing the latest photo essays. I said perusing and not viewing because I have to look over and over again to all of the essays before I write down a single word of appreciation.

Meanwhile, I do have a practical suggestion.
Could ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21.gif', '/') + 1) . ' posthumous open two new thread called :

January 2014 photo essays and
February 2014 photo essays
where we can all put the link of our essays without any comments so that we can easily get to them in the future?

If you end up doing this I can re-name this thread "Essay Submissions" and the new thread "Essay Showcase" ...
03/03/2014 10:52:12 PM · #80
Originally posted by posthumous:

Here is my essay. I apologize in advance that it's a 3.4 Meg PDF file. I just didn't have time to do it any other way.

The Humble Art

Many thanks to ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_N.gif', '/') + 1) . ' ubique for inspiring me to do this with his essay. He made me realize that I want to speak about my own feelings on photography.


Wonderful, thank you Don, my favourite line...

"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!
03/03/2014 10:52:35 PM · #81
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.
03/03/2014 10:54:33 PM · #82
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 11:01:41 PM · #83
"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 11:07:31 PM · #84
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.
03/04/2014 12:17:58 AM · #85
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.
03/04/2014 12:38:05 AM · #86
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 08:36:52 AM · #87
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 09:03:52 AM · #88
No essay this month. Amazing photographs and writing. Thanks everyone.
03/04/2014 09:16:22 AM · #89
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 10:12:55 AM · #90
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 01:35:21 PM · #91
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 04:11:52 PM · #92
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 04:51:48 PM · #93
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 08:00:51 PM · #94
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 08:42:06 PM · #95
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

Message edited by author 2014-03-04 20:57:50.
03/07/2014 09:08:54 AM · #96
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.
03/20/2014 01:13:40 PM · #97
Are we doing this for March too ?
03/20/2014 01:26:35 PM · #98
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.

Message edited by author 2014-03-20 16:07:36.
03/23/2014 03:30:33 AM · #99
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.
03/23/2014 07:49:18 AM · #100
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!
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