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Let's see your $4.3 million Arty Fun Photos

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by goldenlight, Nov 16, 2011.

  1. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Andreas Gursky's recent record-breaking $4.3 million photograph seems to be causing some controversy on forums. Indeed, in another thread on this forum someone suggested that we tend to be too equipment orientated to have a true appreciation of art. So, whether or not you like Andreas Gursky's picture, here's your chance to show off the arty side of your photography. Pretentious Artist's Statement optional and Art Critic style analysis by other members welcome. It's just a bit of fun! :biggrin:

    To start things off, here are a few of mine.

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    For this picture I was inspired by the notion that even static landscapes have an inherent motion that is not always perceived by the human eye. Sometimes it requires the interpretation made possible by another medium to introduce the viewer to what is already there, but hidden.
    As an artist I feel it is my responsibility to channel my influence over the viewer towards a spiritual uplifting of the ordinary to the extraordinary.

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    Are these ripples on water or the fault lines in thawing ice? A metaphor perhaps for our enigmatic lives which are not always what they seem. If these are indeed ripples, then they have effectively been frozen in time by the photograph; if fault lines in ice the photograph has captured the gradual motion of the thaw. A paradox then, is this frozen in motion or motion frozen? A paradox surely that describes our daily lives - are we moving forward in serenity and calm or stuck fast in the trap of ever-increasing progress?

    The blue tone represents our melancholy, a sadness at not knowing which path we are on or in which direction we are heading. One thing is sure, the ripples or flow lines - be what they are - represent the motion of life that goes on unchecked, with or without us.

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    Sometimes things in life are not always what they seem, even when we view them with our own eyes. This photograph attempts to demonstrate the leverage that an artist has upon the conceptions of his audience, literally turning their views upside down. Suddenly a river becomes the sky, flowing almost platonically through the landscape. Floating leaves become falling leaves, yet they do not descend. Instead they drift weightlessly upon the intangiable wind which only our eyes perceive, perhaps like us when we lack a purpose and allow ourselves to drift with the flow of life. Like a wind that's always blowing, life is flowing, move on.
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  2. Spaceghost33

    Spaceghost33 Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 23, 2010
    Chicago, IL
    Christopher Stelter
    The price may go even higher, since my 6 year old did this


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  3. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 9, 2010
  4. addieleman

    addieleman Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 5, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Both sides of life mirrorred in the water

    Sometimes life is calm and sometimes it isn't soo much...

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  5. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Magnificent! The larger, white light trails seem to inscribe the word "buy," which is a succinct description of our society and what our purpose is within it. We are judged not by how good or bad we are, how kind, generous, cruel or greedy we are, but how much we buy. It is like a badge of merit, it defines our worth. The smaller, denser inter-woven lines beyond, ranging from yellow to red, depict the heat we are feeling as all around the world the consumer bubble bursts, plunging us into chaos, and hint at the fires of Hades into which we risk being sucked, with no return.
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  6. cameronp

    cameronp Mu-43 Rookie

    Oct 10, 2011
    Kent, UK
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  7. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Picture and statement both superb! :biggrin:
  8. Armanius

    Armanius Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 23, 2010
    Comparing all the photos on this thread so far to the $4.3 million one, I think all these photos should go for at least $6.7 million each! Well, Addieleman's might go for $7.1 million!

    Nice photos everyone!
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  9. goldenlight

    goldenlight Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 30, 2010
    Think the link is broken, or is that all part of the artistic effect of this image?! :biggrin:
  10. lsteere

    lsteere Mu-43 Rookie

    Apr 8, 2011
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  11. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Nice work all...however..."the tension engendered derives from the quandary of not knowing what lies immediately behind--or, in a larger sense, beyond."
    (This quote from ART CRITICISM 101--You too can be an art critic...by Harold Pepperell) It's hilarious!
  12. dabbler

    dabbler Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 5, 2011
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    This image of a flower fallen on a path recalls the biblical parable of the seed that falls on stony ground, and speaks to the ultimate condition of post-post-post modern humanity in these difficult economic times, with subtle hints of the characterisation of the coming post-post-post-postmodern age.

    And yet... And yet... the spoke-like configuration of the petals suggest that that better times may be but one turn of the wheel away. This optimistic stance is problematised and fractured by the inference that 'one turn of the wheel' may also be thematised as 'a revolution', with all that phenomenon's concomitant idealism wreathed in dark fears.

    The wheel also calls to mind the roulette wheel, and the transformation of financial sectors into mere casinos. As such it is emblematic of the Epoch of the Occupy Movement.

    But what is it that holds the petals together? Look at the centre of the petals and there is only a void that hints at more. Is this, then, a flower or a collection of petals? To take it as a flower would surely be to subordinate the individuality of each petal to an abstract construct of 'flower' that cannot be seen, and only taken on faith. And yet to see it as a collection of petals would serve only to deny their clear arrangement by some higher power. One can only, then, conclude that the petals are held together by an 'invisible hand' or not at all. Clearly this has significant ramifications for macro-economics. For if the 'invisible hand' of the markets breaks down -- did it ever truly exist?-- then is the economic system doomed to disaster?

    Lastly, and most obviously, one can scarcely avoid noting that the least in-focus petal is pointing in the '10 o'clock' position, not coincidentally the most mysterious time of the day, one that emerges from the relatively benign and sunny-minded 9:59 swaddled in crepuscular breathings that last only for sixty seconds, and speaks to the transience of life.
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  13. Hyubie

    Hyubie Unique like everyone else

    Oct 15, 2010
    Dind ding ding!! We have a winner!!! (If only for the fact s/he used the word "crepuscular".)

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  14. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Here is mine ..

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  15. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Few More ..Who Knows I may become a billionaire

    Here are some more

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  16. CarlB

    CarlB Mu-43 Veteran

    Dali falls through the looking-glass

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    Oly 12mm at f2.0, EP3
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  17. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Olympus EPL2 with Panny 45-200 mm ISO200 51mm f/5.6 1/2500

    Princess mum and Granny

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  18. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member


    This was taken with Oly EPL1. I don't know why but I always like Oly EPL1 colours better than any PEN

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  19. FastCorner

    FastCorner Mu-43 Veteran

    May 28, 2011
    It's abstract. You probably wouldn't understand it. ;) 

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