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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 4:04 am 
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This is the thread for any comments or questions concerning July's Assignment.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 6:01 am 
Pardon my french here but...


Damn!!! There are not really any villages here in the western united states.. Not like those in england... D:

Oh well Ill just miss July. :C


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Really looking forward to this one I have to say, brilliant idea.

The theme for July is 'Village / Small town Life' - does that mean a photo of a village with nobody in it would not be acceptable as you required village life i.e. you want to see people/animals in it?

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Dear Al: There don't have to be people or animals in your photo; the choice of what is acceptable is up to you. Looking forward to see what you come up with!

Fallenembers08: If you're near the ocean, are there any fishing settlements nearby? Basically, any rural community based around local agriculture would probably reveal something interesting. If travelling is a problem, with the right props, a still life studio composition would get round this. (If other people think they will have similar difficulties submitting for this theme, please add your voice).

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Thanks caesartg

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get some friends to dress up as an indian, cowboy, police man, builder and you'll be sorted :P

i have loaddddssssss of little villages near by, cant wait to enter this months!

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:37 pm 
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Nope, not even close to the ocean.

There ARE old mining towns and ghost towns, that nobody lives in, but I am not sure that counts. haha


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@fallenembers08 Ghost towns and old mining towns could certainly be used for this. They were small active communities once (basically 'ex-villages') and perhaps you could conjure something back to life, show the signs of when people lived there, how the settlement functioned, where the communal areas were (E.g. Is there a church, a hall), people's specialisations and how they depended on each other, maybe try and illustrate why the people left.

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@Neil Yep, the Peak District is pretty nearby Sheffield isn't it. I took a trip to Castleton to see the caverns and caves but the village itself was also very interesting. When I was there though, a grapefruit-sized rock fell from above the huge cavern and just missed my head, which changed my mood rather.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 5:04 am 
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Alright thanks. :D


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Sorry another quick question, if I was in a city somewhere and there was a lovely backstreet that when taken as a picture looks quite village'y is that allowed or are we supposed to state which village/small town we were in?

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@Al Quick answer - If you think the resultant image suits the theme then go for it. You're the judge of whether it suits the theme and this also means that you interpret the theme.

The long answer - there are no hard rules concerning suiting the theme. Whenever I cast a vote in these competitions, I look at each image and try titling them with the theme name. If I don't think the title suits the image well, I discount it, regardless of how good or not I think the image is.

The image doesn't need to be taken in a village/small settlement - for example, it might be a studio image (E.g. A still life of some objects or some dressed-up models that evoke the theme) or a photo of a subject that's not especially 'villagey' at all. For example, I've twice seen photos of clouds that look like Chinese dragons and themed as 'Asian' (one somewhere in these forums and another when I was working on a Chinese Studies website). Although I don't think clouds as a subject particularly suit the 'Asian' theme, a dragon-shaped cloud as captured in those photos, does. If you even want to interpret the theme in a different way than people might first expect or confound their expectations in some way to make an ironic statement, there's no restriction on you doing this and the results could be interesting.

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Nice early entry Mike, fits the theme perfectly.

Interesting story with a real insight to your locality. :)

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Thanks caesartg! :D

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:05 am 
Hey Gordon,
Is it possible to disable the option for one to vote for his/her own submission? I think that would make it a bit more fun and easier to come up with a winner.

Thanks!


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