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    • CommentAuthormanglr
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    I'd be into to trying my humble hand at that...seems like a logical place for us to play given the other creative threads about.

    The one word theme idea is a fine one, but I'm also up for more literal interpretation thoughts such as shooting colour or texture during a week.
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      CommentAuthorrickiep00h
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    Clearly I mean "People who put more effort into it than I, who has literally not taken a picture in months."
    • CommentAuthorkuru93
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    I'd say one a month, actually. (I'm doing a challenge now that's a new theme every two weeks, and I'm falling a bit behind, and those are just self-portraits. I hope our challenges here will have a bit more depth/narrative/something-or-other than simple selfies. I'd like exercises that force me to leave the house.)

    Also, seriously, there's enough range of talent and style in the R/R and other drawing threads that I don't think anyone should be worried about trying their hand at photography challenges. It's more practice than contest, I think.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    I think a mix of simple challenges along with things that have more depth/narrative/something might be a more fair compromise. While I like exercises that force me to leave my house too, I also like rethinking a simple concept and adding as much depth/narratice/something as I'd like.

    As for what the challenges are, how about setting up some kinf od e-mail pool, where anyone can submit an idea and when it comes to challenge time, one is chosen at random?
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    Contest? Now meself, i'm not really interested in 'contest', either as observer or participant, i just like to see the weird, wonderful and sometimes breathtaking stuff people here come up with when they're given an idea to play with. I don't participate in the R+R threads myself, but i've always seen them as showcases, cabinets of curiosities, rather than competitions.
    Dunno about you, but that's what i'd like this to be, an exhibition, not a race.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012 edited
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    No, this won't be a contest. At the end of the challenge time there will be no "winner". :)
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    Sounds good to me Mlle. Oldhat.

    Talking of competitions, spot the skip anyone?
    Whitechapel Travel
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    I'm interested by this idea. I endorse the challenge-not-contest idea, and a long-ish timelimit. On consideration, a month seems ok.

    Also, on each challenge's subject: The usual approach for this sort of thing seems to be a very short & gnomic instruction, e.g. "red", "circles", etc. - but that seems a bit tired at this point. Perhaps, instead, we could use a poem or a short quotation or a song or even a painting as the subject? That way you'd still have a lot of room for interpretation, but more possible directions to head off in. And it might be a bit more interesting than 30 pictures of an object that is red and/or circular.

    Thoughts?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    @Oldhat, YES. Yes yes yes.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    In for a penny, in for a pounding. This sounds like fun but I agree that what makes the R/R thread work is that the artists work from a concept and expand on it. This could be a bit like the 'guest directed self' project, where a direction is given and interpreted by the photographers. I love the idea of a challenge but contests and judging don't seem like much fun or productive for getting some of our camera toting lurkers to contribute and feel like they are getting something out of it. We're all winners here when we challenge ourselves.
    The thing that makes the R/R amazing is the characters, how do we find challenges that anyone here can jump in on and that force soem creative mayhem?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012 edited
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    Guys, I'll say this one last time: THIS WILL NOT BE A CONTEST.

    I don't believe in judging for something like this. I want it to be fun and push people to try something, but there's not going to be any competition in it.

    The thing that makes the R/R amazing is the characters, how do we find challenges that anyone here can jump in on and that force soem creative mayhem?


    Good question and that's what needs to be figured out. My first thought goes to what I said earlier, an e-mail dump where anyone can send in an idea and then once a month or so, we choose one.

    I'm in favour of being given the name of a genre and going with that, as well as a direction of creating a photo that somehow involves a single prop. As well as concepts, quotes, short stories and poems, as was mentioned earlier.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    Wow, dudes, you sorta dropped the ball on the reading comprehension, there.


    If we keep using the GDSP as an example, their prompts are completely open. Everyone submits one when their time comes, and it's been everything from single word to detailed limb-by-limb positioning. I'm sure we'll all come up with things suitably diverse, left to our own devices. Thumbs-up for an email dump.

    (That said, in line with the R/Rs, I'd love to do some inspired-by-a-fictional-character stuff, myself. Not necessarily portraits with models, but collections of esoterica or scenes would be fine. Even if we have to caption our shit to get the point across.)
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    Okay! So here's the deal. I've set up an e-mail account: wcphotochallenge@gmail.com

    Send your ideas for a photo challenge there. Whatever you want, character, concept, quote, one word, one thing...whatever you think would make an interesting photo challenge.

    There is NO LIMIT to the number of challenges you submit.

    Once I have five or more, I will pick one at random and start the challenge on a separate thread.

    Sound good?
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    Si mentioned something like this back in October, and I think the general consensus was the same. it'd be a good idea, and I'm pretty sure most people here would enjoy the challenge, but we all seem distinctly paranoid that it'll turn into a contest, so there's going to have to be an explicit "NO, you DO NOT get a prize for making the pretty pictures" disclaimer in the rules. Definitely go with a monthly schedule, as it often takes me a month to remember that I've got a roll of developed film sitting at the shop waiting for me to pick it up, and I might get to my good computer with time to process my digital stuff every other week, and I'm terminally lazy and absentminded and liable to not walk out the door with a camera and time to think about what I'm doing until it's the worst time to shoot whatever I come up with.
    Pick a subject, put in some basic rules (say, no more than two or three photos per person? or just one, to make everybody really think), make the post, and we'll see how it goes. I'd suggest the first subject be "mayhem," from the last word of bankara's post, but since it's mardi gras down here in new orleans, it'd be a bit too easy for me.

    ETA: looks like in the time it took me to type all that, upload my picture, and then render what I typed originally into a coherent state, all while under the influence of alcohol, the solution was found and appropriate decisions were made. I'm going to shut up and go drink more now.

    aaanyways, picture. these search and rescue team markings are still fairly ubiquitous around town:
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012
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    LET'S GET THIS GOIN'

    A lovely idea, and (at least for me) good for getting off my butt and actually taking dem pictures, at least based on my experiences with the February Photo A Day Challenge. As far as the length of the challenge is concerned, I'd suggest the two-week model, but I won't man the barricades and become a whiny little d-bag if we go with the once-a-month.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2012 edited
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    I think I'm going to go with the one-month time for the first one and make adjustments after that. That okay?

    IDEAS, people. Let me have 'em. wcphotochallenge@gmail.com We don't have any challenges, than it doesn't happen.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
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    Ok, my e-mail has been sent.

    A one month duration is fine by me, work and weather are both unpredictable, a month gives me time to fit things around both. And to desperately look for suitable skips rack my poor little mind for ideas, that too.
    • CommentAuthorBankara
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012
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    This is going to be fun, racking my brains for ideas now. I do rather like the idea of 'mayhem' to kick it off since it seems like that is what just getting this project off the ground seems to entail.
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      CommentAuthorOsmosis
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2012 edited
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    looks like in the time it took me to type all that, upload my picture, and then render what I typed originally into a coherent state, all while under the influence of alcohol, the solution was found and appropriate decisions were made. I'm going to shut up and go drink more now.
    Yeah, that. Except replace type, drunk, photo with dull, boring, work. Heartily keen on a new challenge thread; was worried about the time limit but then a month was mentioned; basically I concur with all the above.