Black & White Sunday: Surreptitious Photography

This is not what I usually do when going around armed with a camera, but it happened twice or thrice that I unintentionally spied on people.

Surreptitious photography is challenging, but it may have its rewards like ending up with really candid shots, or it can have undesirable effects such as being beaten up or sewed.

Whether or not you’ll take me up on this challenge it’s at your own risk.

 

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This is Black & White Sunday photo challenge with the theme “surreptitious photography”. If you decide to join in, make sure to leave your pingbacks and links in the comment section. Slideshows with the compiled photos from participating bloggers can be seen here. Please, check out the list of forthcoming events and challenges on Scheduled challenges page.

 

 

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Life Imitates Art

The photo bellow is my representation of Anna Karenina, the heroine from Tolstoy’s masterpiece novel, pictured as a porcelain doll that I keep in my collection.

Here is what Fyodor Dostoyevsky had to say about Tolstoy’s first true novel: “Anna Karenina is sheer perfection as a work of art. No European work of fiction of our present day comes anywhere near it. Furthermore, the idea underlying it shows that it is ours, ours, something that belongs to us alone and that is our own property, our own national ‘new word’or, at any rate, the beginning of it.”

 

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“All the diversity, all the charm, and all the beauty of life are made up of light and shade.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Note: If you click on the beauty above you’ll be able to enjoy her charms in full. 

 

Imitations are all around us, and it is very rarely that one finds genuine articles.  When I do, I treasure them, and as for fakes, well, they can’t last long.

I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

Thursday’s Special: City Dwellers

 

 

They inhabit our streets, our parks, linger on our benches and balconies. In Spring their sounds wake me up in the morning and I curse them like pests, but they are here nonetheless; city dwellers just like us.

 

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If you want to take part in Thursday’s Special photo challenge (in colour) leave me your links and pingbacks. Once published your entries will be assembled on a separate page in a slideshow. I will also enclose links to your entries in this post.  For forthcoming events, please see Scheduled Challenges page. Have a great Thursday!

 

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Here are the entries to this challenge. Click on the links:

Black & White Sunday: Still Life

I’ll start with an excerpt from Wikipedia:

“A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on). With origins in the Middle Ages and Ancient Graeco-Roman art, still-life painting emerged as a distinct genre and professional specialization in Western painting by the late 16th century, and has remained significant since then. Still life gives the artist more freedom in the arrangement of elements within a composition than do paintings of other types of subjects such as landscape or portraiture.”

It is this aspect of freedom that appealed most to me, to be able to arrange things to my liking and according to my own sense of aesthetics.

 

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 (you may click on the photo to zoom in)

 

This Sunday you are invited to capture a still life according to the above definition, or you can surprise me with an alternative interpretation that can bear the same title.

Be creative, have fun and enjoy your Sunday! (You have time until next Sunday to come up with your responses).

 

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P.S. 

As of this post there won’t be small preview images in the posts for the reasons I voiced in “To Whom It May Concern”. I will still try to honour your submissions by posting a recap of your assembled contributing photos on a separate page (sub-page to Scheduled Challenges). 

 Even though I stopped posting little preview images of your entries, my blogger friends never disappoint. Please check out the links bellow to see how others have interpreted still life. Once compiled you will find all the entries in a slideshow here.

 

To whom it may concern

I have thought long and hard about the subject of the poll in my post from yesterday where I asked your opinion about little images of contributing posts from other bloggers that I display in my challenge posts.

You voted, according to the poll, 10 votes in favour of seeing little images, 3 are fine either way – whether they are posted as images or just links to others’ posts.

Some of you generously noted that I was the only blogger that included preview images of participating bloggers, that all other people just put links to others’ blogs or not even that, and I appreciated that you appreciate my effort.

When I first came up with that idea, it was spontaneous, and not calculated in any way. Let me explain – whatever I do on this effing “page” I do out of heart. This is my space. If I enclose others’ images it was never to attract more traffic to my personal space (which I really don’t care for – more traffic – I hate crowds in life anyway), and it was certainly never out of will (or necessity) to wear borrowed plumes.

If that were the case I would have never, never posted some photos of the subject matters that I hated, but they meant something (I think) to my blogger friends and I respected that – so I uploaded the little preview images on my blog to show participating bloggers that I appreciate their effort and cooperation – but never, never to make my own blog “more attractive” by posting them on my page. And one more thing – I know this must sound like I am fighting with an imaginary enemy, but there have been a few instances that made me feel a bit shitty and I feel a need to share them here.

It feels really crappy to have others’ photos displayed on my page and hear other people comment on them and ignore my photo completely (if nothing else it is bad manners – it’s like coming to somebody’s house and not saying hello to the hostess, but instead only chat with other guests) – but I went through all this cause I am a person of principle and I am really thankful to a handful of people here that appreciate me, and my need to be constant and a person of word.

However, since this matter has proved not only to be extra work for me that I can hardly afford, you see that it also provided a few opportunities when I felt crappy.

Things are never calculated and many of you will never understand why I keep this blog or why I write something that I write, but as of the next challenge I will stop displaying other bloggers’ photos (preview images) though I am really sorry when I see what was a heartfelt idea go to waste just because people don’t get my message.

I never meant to take credit for the pictures of others and from now on, if you want to see photos of other bloggers, you will have to click on the links to their posts just like on any other blog.

P.S. Sometimes (many times) it just does not “pay off” to be nice.

 

 

P.S.S. As of next week all participating photos will be displayed on a separate page which will be a sub-page to Scheduled challenges page. That way no one will think that thumbnail images are mine or offend me by commenting on them and ignoring my photo under the same post. It will not be less work for me, but more but it will have a separate place. I want to thank my followers and this is my way. I always do things my way even if it is a harder way.

Thursday’s Special: Life-Size

I guess that you may need childhood imagination to respond to this challenge or maybe not. If you don’t like it, just bear in mind that it is not easy to come up with a different challenge twice a week, every week. Thank heavens for my guest challengers that help me with their inputs and imagination.

Feel free to interpret this theme as freely as you want……

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 P:S. I decided to leave the commenting free of moderation. I can always subsequently delete spam comments or trash-worthy comments. I’ve noticed that having comments “subject to moderation” means more work for me, and it is time I made my life simpler and easier :)

Now, I would like you, please, to take a moment of your life to answer the following poll. I have been thinking about these small preview images of contributing posts (from bloggers that participate in my challenges). I know that many people like having them displayed here, but some may not, and also viewers that use phones to check on WordPress events see these little previews as large as my own photo. Once or twice it happened that people thought they had all been taken by me – I don’t want mix-ups and I would hate for people to think that I take credit for the work of others, so please take a minute and answer this:

 

This is Thursday’s Special, the photo challenge you love to take part in every (or almost every) Thursday. Leave me your links and please don’t forget the poll – it matters :)

 

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Would you do me a favour and click on the titles above little images to see them in their posts:

 

Bigger than Life

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The Memorial

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Life-size by Pommepal

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Life-size by the Jagged Man

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Life-size rugrats

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Self-knowledge

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Life-size by Empire of Lights

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Life-size by Traudel

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Life-size by Sonya

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