*****Challenge 60 - 'Twists, turns and hidden meanings' ******

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*****Challenge 60 - 'Twists, turns and hidden meanings' ******

First of all, thanks again to Ian for hosting and finishing the last 'black & white' challenge. Some criticism was passed on his judgement, however the general agreement seems to be that these challenges are a) fun b) an experience how others judge one's own work and last but not least c) fun As for me I have no background in art, architecture, advertisement, design (except the design of aerodynamic shapes) or anything like that, so please expect potentially controversial judgement. This is my first challenge and I'll do my best!

The topic of this challenge is "Twists, turns and hidden meanings" and might need some clarification.

Apart from all technical stuff the impact of a photo heavily depends on the story it tells. Strong emotions are one component but contradictions and twists are another one. I like photos which are based on the latter but more in a sophisticated way such that the contradiction is more hidden beneath a -at first glance- straight forward topic. Let me illustrate this with the following picture I took in Vienna last week. There are some huge anti-aircraft flak towers from WWII located around the city center, two of them in a beautiful park.

At first glance we see a mother with her child, enjoying the beautiful surrounding, but this idyll is disturbed by the striking presence of the tower which totally contradicts the first impression of peace and joy. Another interpretation would be the following image of the 'Hundertwasser-Haus' in Vienna:

A beautiful balcony, seemingly attacked by a weird pattern sneaking in from the left. On the contrary there is a modern, colourful front dominated by the stern & static balcony from a former century. But then... what's that running down the bottom side?

The last example is a just snapshot but it serves as an example. Look at this tourist couple, chatting while having a rest. But what the heck are they sitting on? And knowing that this is located on deck of the Intrepid in NYC and remembering who fought against who adds some irony to this otherwise boring snapshot.

So again what I am eager for are entries which tell different stories at the same time, or one story with at least one twist. Seemingly plain images with a second component lurking under the threshold. Photos that make one look at least twice. Stories which lead you in one direction but reveal a u-turn at second sight. The theoreticians amongst you might present an image with a prominent dull horizon at 50% height and a hidden sophisticated application of the rule of thirds. For the flower lovers a rose with thorns would be an obvious choice. Or better a creative edit which adds thorns to a flower which originally does not have thorns? If you think it might be hard to find what you had in mind, you are welcome to add some explanations. There was some movie by D. Lynch which left me clueless at first, but after a little initial aid I began to love it.

Hopefully, I have expressd myself clearly There should be plenty of time for your submissions and I can ponder for a whole weekend.

And yes... apart from all the content don't forget that the image still should look "good" and "oomphy"


In the rules below, which I have copied from the previous challenge, please pay heed to the direction to "Please reply to the FIRST (ORIGINAL) post if you are submitting an entry and please RENAME THE SUBJECT TO INDICATE THE TITLE OF YOUR PHOTO ENTRY." Entries placed in a lateral ravel of the thread may be overlooked.

This Challenge will end Friday, the 3rd of October at 11.59 pm GMT.

R U L E S:

The host gives you a topic of interest and you get going. You post ONE image (if you post more than one image, the first will be your entry in the challenge). The host chooses a winner after closing. The decision of the judge (the Host) is final. The judge is not eligible. The winner then chooses the next topic, runs the challenge, judges the winner and passes on the baton to that person. If the winner fails to post a new challenge within 72 hours of being declared the winner then the runner-up should post the new challenge within a further 24 hours.

Any picture you've taken is eligible regardless of time taken and camera it was taken with.

You can do all the post processing you want. However, it is most helpful if you list your camera, lens and exposure info along with your photo. Feel free to comment on other contestant's images. If you want someone to leave you a piece of constructive criticism, put (CC) next to the title of your image [e.g. Sunset with Canada Geese (CC)].

VERY IMPORTANT!!! - Please reply to the FIRST (ORIGINAL) post if you are submitting an entry and please RENAME THE SUBJECT TO INDICATE THE TITLE OF YOUR PHOTO ENTRY.


Please embed your image in the thread. Try to resize your photos prior to posting so they're sized appropriately for viewing without having to scroll ( 800 to 1000 pixels on the longest side works best.)
Instructions for embedding a photo:

Basically putting http: your-hosting-site/ your-photo.jpg will show your photo here. This means you can:

1. While your photo on Pbase (or any other web site) is open, copy the URL address from the address box on your tool bar, then paste it into your reply thread. Add a .jpg extension to get the photo to show up. Click on preview to make sure it's what you want.

2. Right click on the image in Pbase (or where ever you've hosted it), click on "Properties"... highlight the link with the .jpg extension on it and paste it into your message text.
Provide any additional information concerning your entry you want.

Links to previous Challenges follow in the next post

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