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blprnt_van 7:06pm, 25 September 2008
Photo Challenge #6: Near | Far — Photo Diptych

Ends: Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Brief: Create a pairing of two images. The images together should suggest the theme of "Near | Far". It could be that the diptych reflects literally that which is in close proximity and then a more distant version of the same scene. We are, as always, also looking for some interpretation of these instructions!

Instructions: Tag your photo with “glocalproject” and “photochallenge6″ and add it to our flickr pool. Need help? Email us.

Most of us, as photographers, have experimented with both macro (close-up) and long-distance perspectives. Brought together, these different points-of-view reveal a sense of movement and a shift in perspective that suggests a cinematic (film-like) view. Traditionally, scenes in documentaries and feature films have been revealed through the re-sequenceing of several angles: an established or 'master' shot, a mid- range shot and a close up. In this photo challenge, we'd like you to use these shifts in focal distance to create a sense of tension between two images.


Eve Sonneman: Cannon Balls By the Dozen



Eve Sonneman: The Docking of Marietta Cannes

Contemporary photographers like Eve Sonneman have been working with diptychs for years. Sometimes the pairing suggests a drastic change in perspective. Other times, like in time the diptych below, the shift between near & far becomes more subtle.



Eve Sonneman: Coney Island Couple

Of course the structural pairing of two images or panels has been going on for a long time. Diptychs played a significant role in early religious iconography - take for example this 17th century Deesis where the combination of two images helps the narrative of a sacred moment in history. These early diptychs were hinged, and often depicted living figures on one side and the departed on the other. When contemporary artists choose to work in this way they are often referencing these early artifacts - think of how Andy Warhol plays with another "sacred icon" in this Near | Far pairing.





In Marilyn Diptych, 1962, Warhol was in some ways playing with this religious connotation, but also bringing together his fascination with death and celebrity status. We perceive the left side advancing towards us because of its vibrant colours and the right recedes due to its muted greys. This explores the fading memory of this star and perhaps the artist himself.

As well as side-by-side, diptychs can also be presented on top of each other like this Andreas Gursky photograph of the aisles of a supermarket that has just been noted for being the highest sellling photograph ever. Feel free to experiment with different ways to present your diptych.


Andreas Gursky: 99 Cent II, Diptych

We're look forward to seeing what you all come up with. The challenge is on!
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Ericalokichicken 13 years ago
Sounds like fun, I'll definitely have to submit something.
Sounds excellent, but I'll have to find some time to think...
elsamuko 13 years ago
Gwangan Bridge
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Wow! That was fast! Looks great. What bridge is that?
elsamuko 13 years ago
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tjgrewal505 13 years ago
Chopper

Window Chopper

Look at the bigger picture if the relation is not visible right away.
earsplitting hydrant [deleted] 13 years ago
Nice TJ, that 2nd photo is pretty damn far!! haha..

meafphoto

meafff
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tjgrewal505 13 years ago
Haha, i couldn't go any far, things behind me, but holy you just took far to a whole another level! That's pretty damn far. Nice photos tho.
I also like the bridge photos added by elsa, they have that authentic kind of look!
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drosen7900 13 years ago
near-far
Jen 170 13 years ago
Thistle collage
Diptych
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Great work, so far. It's interesting to see the variety of horizontal and vertical pairings, as well as a mix of image ratios.

Here's another one I found in the pool:

collage
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Another one from the pool:

Day 65/365: New Crops, Far & Near
UbiMaXx 13 years ago
Nice to see these posts, checking what I have, let's check this:

DSC_4513DSC_4511

DSC_3051DSC_3043

DSC_3466DSC_3449
Cris Lustosa 13 years ago
Floating Boat2

Floating boat part 2
.scribe 13 years ago
Waiting to fix me laptop to scan me film in for this, but just got to say how impressive all the entries so far are, especially that green saplings one.

@Cris Lustosa - that boat looks like it's hovering in mid-air!
earsplitting hydrant [deleted] 13 years ago
I really like that one blprnt_van found in the pool, the field with fresh sprouting crops, so cool! i wish i got a little more creative with this... i can do it again right??
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Of course! Please try it as many times as you'd like! The more, the better.
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Chis Lustosa -

Ahhh... the Adriatic! Where was that shot taken? Looks like Greece, for sure.
JudyGr 13 years ago
I have an idea for this, but won't be able to do it till after the deadline, so I'm glad you've decided to leave the challenge threads open. Lots of inspiration here as always.
earsplitting hydrant [deleted] Posted 13 years ago. Edited by earsplitting hydrant (member) 13 years ago
i also don't really have alot of time, but heres one, i took it after work lol


Cris Lustosa 13 years ago
blprnt_van:
it's the mediterranean. Santorini. Greece yes. Good guess!
scribex:
I named it: Floating boat. Could be Flying right? I might change it. Can I post more than one? I though about another great near far I think I have!!!
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
adamphoto: Good shot! There is a bit of a narrative in there - in my mind, it is a police car on the left, who is getting ready to follow the truck...
earsplitting hydrant [deleted] 13 years ago
if i had photoshop id take that idea and make it a cop car!! god how i wish it was, i kind of got the same feeling when i shot it. that dodge was just pimpin down the lonely street and that car looks like it either wants to play or fight with it. haha
elastic airplane [deleted] 13 years ago
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Glocal Challenge 6a
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Glacal Challenge 6b
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Glocal Challenge 6c
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Claude - nice to see your entries in this photochallenge, as well as the last one! I particularly like the third shot in this set. The abstraction of the water droplets really works well.
elastic airplane [deleted] 13 years ago
Jer - Thank you for your comment. It is very much appreciated.
biazita_ 13 years ago
DSC08479 copy copy
earsplitting hydrant [deleted] 13 years ago
Claude - Damn.....!!! :)
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Biazita - great composition!
elsamuko 13 years ago
Special
Dylan Boyd 13 years ago
Guitar Collage
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Nice to see the submissions to this challenge rolling in! Good work, folks!
Iconic Creative Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Iconic Creative (member) 13 years ago
Stood Up Again Diptych
JudyGr 13 years ago
doubly abstracted
Simply Fred 13 years ago
This is my diptych, but it's not really "near / far" one. It's an "outside / inside".
Dual Perspective
.scribe 13 years ago
Well, my laptop's still out for the count but managed to scan and scrape this together for now...

Double Doughnut
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Fred - I like it! Inside is definitely near!!

Scribex - is that in Brighton?
UbiMaXx 13 years ago
far outside > inside > zoom in
.scribe 13 years ago
@blprnt_van: Yup, the doughnut sculpture next to the big (non burned-down) pier... Great place to hang out on a rough, windy day and get your D50 covered with waves *coff*

@JudyGr: Love the way the joins in the glass make up little "sub-diptychs"...

@UbiMaXx: Liking the navigation-via-notes on the picture pages :)
RєRє 13 years ago
Around the Park...  07 - 'Meh' Series

Around the Park...  04 - 'Meh' Series
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Nice shot, Rerhina - are those carp??
Sitop 13 years ago
_MG_8901

_MG_8902
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some_images! 13 years ago
Sitop: that's a cool juxtaposition. Is it just near/far or did you put a filter on the top image?
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Ericalokichicken 13 years ago
Arch

Finally getting this up. :)
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drosen7900 13 years ago
Sitop and SimplyFred, I really like both of those. And Iconic Creative, your diptych has a really strong film narrative / storyboard feel to it.
earsplitting hydrant [deleted] 13 years ago
i have found another on my steam :)

SunriseMeaford Sunrise
Simply Fred 13 years ago
Thank you blprnt_van and drosen7900 !
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Nice work, everyone! We'll be launching the next photo challenge tomorrow...!
UbiMaXx 13 years ago
@Scribex: Thank you :)
hyer0nimous 13 years ago
spiceboy

this is my contribute
helen.2006 - In Memoriam Posted 13 years ago. Edited by helen.2006 - In Memoriam (member) 13 years ago
I have another pair: St Paul's Cathedral, far and near

another blue view

in the still of the night
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
hyper0nimous - great image! Where was it taken? I think the composition is very strong.

Helen - I like this new shot and your first cathedral image because they take the near/far difference to an extreme. In both cases it takes a bit of looking to see how the images fit together.
hyer0nimous Posted 13 years ago. Edited by hyer0nimous (member) 13 years ago
thanks blprnt_van. it was taken in marocco, in the casbah of marrakech
rock the casbah
Those jars are wonderful! I can't decide whether they are edible or paint-able!
Chu li 13 years ago
hyer0nimous, your pair is great!
Chu li Posted 13 years ago. Edited by Chu li (member) 13 years ago
Mi edad

El sol sobre los cultivos
I think this thread as brought out some fantastic photos! very exciting project...
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some_images! 13 years ago
helen! I've absolutely got to send you a photo of your profile name being credited onscreen in our gallery -you've been such a great supporter!
Next photochallenge will be out on Monday (pacific standard time) and we hope to get some good submissions then too! cheers, jessica
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Here are some submissions from Lord Tweedsmuir Highschool, in Surrey, Canada. We were there last week delivering a Glocal workshop. It would be great to see some constructive comments from our very talented group members for these young artists!

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Hydrant_by_AnOmAlOu5

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brickwall closeup

brickwall distant

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The Red Branch
The red Branch

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Grad 08 Roof Top
Grad 08 Roof Top

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Box
Box

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Laconner Tulip
Laconner Tulip 2
DSemeniuk Posted 13 years ago. Edited by DSemeniuk (member) 13 years ago
I discovered this diptych after capturing the images - I realize that I haven't exactly played within the challenge outline (i.e. it isn't a near and far of the same scene, although both images were from the same boat), but I thought the feeling of isolation shared between them almost made up for this. Ok, enough of my blabbering.
Ferry Diptych
toddmatchison 13 years ago
Sunset statues
2008_06290065
thoughtless property [deleted] 13 years ago
I know the challenge is over, but I thought I'd share one anyway.

Cargo Ship Diptych
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
jpullen >> Thanks! Everyone is welcome to contribute to all of our challenges after the 'expiry date'! Think of it as more of a 'best before date'...!
hyer0nimous 13 years ago
Erasmusbrug Erasmusbrug
Simply Fred 13 years ago
Finance Cathedral
JudyGr 13 years ago
Inspired by this challenge, and a variation on it:

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glocalproject 13 years ago
Thanks Judy! I'm working on the next challenge right now. We had a gallery showing on Saturday that has kept us extremely busy. There's some photos on our photostream right now of the event. It was great!

Check out the new website too www.glocal.ca . It's not just our blog anymore.

Reagrding above, I really love the two right hand side images. The top one especially. Looks like one of those beautiful long walks with a camera (sigh)...
Andrew Cheal 13 years ago
Diptych

Just discovered this group and think the challenges are very interesting. This diptych is my first contribution, hope you like.
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blprnt_van 13 years ago
Thanks, andy! This is a great addition. Where was this taken? What are the yellow objects in the water?
Andrew Cheal 13 years ago
This was taken at Alnwick Garden in Northumberland. The yellow object are rubber ducks which were raced down the waterfall for charity. There are more pictures of it in my photostream
Glad to see this thread revived - thought I'd put in another one!

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