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Challenge: Unanswered Questions (Classic Editing)
Collection: Family
Camera: Sony DSC-F707
Location: Maggie Valley, NC
Date: Jul 6, 2003
Aperture: 3.5
ISO: 100
Shutter: 10/3200
Galleries: Emotive, Portraiture
Date Uploaded: Jul 6, 2003

Okay, a stretch I guess, but when I thought of "unanswered" questions, I couldn't help but think of all the "missing people" posters we see. Where are they? Why are they missing?

And for the parents -- I can't even imagine the questions they have. Where are they? Was it my fault? Are they cold/hungry/wet/tired/scared? When will I see them again? WILL I see them again?

In this picture, I am also hoping to make the viewer ask, "Is that the same person on the poster that is standing there?" "Why is she missing if she is near one of the posters?"

I thought about calling it "So Close, yet So Far Away" perhaps showing that if the woman had just walked to the other side of the pole, she would know people missed her and were looking.

Technically, I should have used a larger aperture number I think, as my "model" is a touch soft. However, I was only able to take about 5 shots and a horrendous rain shower started (those are water drops on the poster). No chance to reshoot. :-(
Also, the poster is on a regular piece of 8.5 X 11 inch paper, but because of the position of the model, it looks like she is leaning up against the pole and the poster is huge. She was actually a couple of feet away.

Statistics
Place: 8 out of 88
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Votes: 149
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07/14/2003 01:55:44 AM
*Critique Club*

This is an outstanding photo for unanswered questions. The composition is well thought out and very nicely excuted. Definately a wonderfully refreshing idea.

Your dof used seems to work well, hard to believe she isn't leaning against that pole.

If you are going to use it for anything else see if you can spot edit out the wires they don't do anything for the overall finished look.

I can't say enough how much I like this image it really is a very refreshing take on the challenge. Nicely done.

Anna
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
07/13/2003 10:54:26 PM
Creative composition.
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07/13/2003 08:33:14 PM
Neat idea...nice photo but the wires off to the right really distract. Points though for the concept!
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07/13/2003 10:52:12 AM
Very sad and nicely done. The focus is right and the lighting is good.
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07/12/2003 01:43:13 PM
now there is an unanswered question! Very neat idea, I like the accent of the rain on the poster too, and the faraway expression on her face. The tight composition keeps our attention on the question too. well done.
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07/11/2003 05:01:02 PM
Great take on the challenge. Pretty creative thinking.
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07/11/2003 11:42:38 AM
I love this picture ! Very creative. What a great idea !
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07/10/2003 05:09:25 PM
awesome idea for the theme
and very well executed :)
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07/10/2003 11:48:00 AM
do all telephone number begin with 555 ?? ..... 9/10
07/10/2003 09:40:06 AM
An interesting and original idea. The first question which jumps to mind is why is she standing there? Does she want to get found? The power lines out the back are a bit distracting, but other than that, good!
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07/09/2003 06:27:57 PM
Powerful image, well captured. Phonelines leading into the face are slightly distracting IMO.
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07/09/2003 05:57:49 AM
A very clever idea!
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07/09/2003 12:57:00 AM
Great idea! But I called the number and I get "beep, beep, beep, I'm sorry your call can not be..." :)
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07/08/2003 09:58:52 PM
First time voting. I think everyone one of us at one time or another has been here. Unanswered questions about our life; Where did my old self go? Where do I fit in today’s world? or Where will I be in the future?. Great concept. I hope I interrupted it correctly. Good work!
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07/08/2003 10:46:06 AM
Nice set up. Great idea. You always wonder if things like this happen.
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07/07/2003 07:54:58 PM
I bet her father is an alcaholic who beats her and her mother up when he´s drunk! Call your mom girl! - This is a great idea and great picture love the rain there on the poster it adds a little sadness to the image :) great job - 10
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07/07/2003 04:26:05 PM
Good idea. Wish you shot a different angle so the power lines were not growing out of her face. Love the rain drops. Lots of unanswered questions.
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07/07/2003 03:57:24 PM
hmmmm.....been better in b&w.
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07/07/2003 02:23:02 PM
Great shot :-)
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07/07/2003 01:51:46 PM
The wires in the background are distracting, but good photo...........
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07/07/2003 01:20:38 PM
This is an intresting shot. Makes you ask lots of questions. :-)
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07/07/2003 10:53:26 AM
Clever !!!!! AAAA+ for creativity.
Good work.
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07/07/2003 09:33:28 AM
nice idea 7
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07/07/2003 08:39:57 AM
GREAT idea !!! Wonderful photo for this challenge ! I would like to see this in b/w, too.
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07/07/2003 06:15:52 AM
What's your country and area code? ;) Nicely done. 8
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