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Re: [OM] National Geographic Photo Contest! I would appreciate your comm

Subject: Re: [OM] National Geographic Photo Contest! I would appreciate your comments.
From: David Irisarri <zuiko3000@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 08:31:33 -0500
Hi Moose,

Maybe it wasn´t a good idea having mentioned I love Steve McCurry
photography but it´s the truth. I really love the way he takes these lovely
portraits. He is awesome but as I have mentioned, maybe you are right.
I think we always are biased towards a specific style and it´s impossible
to hide it. So the question is...if I hadn´t written anything regarding
Steve McCurry, would you had noticed the similarity?

Thanks for your compliments Moose, greatly appreciated.

David

2011/11/4 Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>

> On 11/2/2011 7:09 AM, Ken Norton wrote:
> > "Spanish Eyes" does fit the current aesthetic or style which seems to
> > be popular these days. Formulaic? Absolutely. Excellent execution,
> > though. No doubt about that.
>
> No doubt at all.
>
> A problem with a shot in a current style, and especially with obvious
> reference to such a famous image as Steve
> McCurry's Afghan girl, is that the public may suddenly tire of it, leaving
> excellent similar examples high and dry.
>
> Styles of image are close to eternal, but popularity of any one comes and
> goes. I was recently in the Isabella Stewart
> Gardner Museum in Boston, and was quite taken with a small painting in the
> Macknight Room. It's of the head of a girl in
> the middle east that immediately reminded me the the McCurry although
> quite different in medium and details.
>
> Unfortunately, photography is not allowed (unlike the much larger MFA a
> couple of blocks away) and the shop is closed
> during construction of a big new wing, so I have no catalog as yet. It's
> also a minor enough work that it's not online.
> So I can't show you.
>
> The other problem, perhaps only for me, if I had made this image, and if I
> was intentionally trying out a style famous
> in the moment from the work of another, would be in putting it in a
> contest. Take it, see how I like it, play with the
> style, show it to friends, sure. Enter it in a contest, not so sure. But
> again, that's just me.
>
> > ... David is definitely one of the better photographers I (virtually)
> hang around with.
>
>
> Me too. :-)
>
> Moose
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