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Hmmm. It seems "with no words" doesn't mean what I thoguht it did. lol.


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Are you pondering the meaning of the "Words/No words" category? I think it means you can either post pictures with words, or just photos without words; your choice. And people can post comments freely.

I was originally commenting on the 'with no words' thing, as I thought it meant that pics would be posted without comment, but having read your comment and having had another look at the pics in this thread, I notice a lot of the pics actually do have words in them, such as names of businesses or labels etc. so on both counts my first comment stands*.

*= It still stands even though there's a typo in it.
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So, with the benefit of these contributions, what would have been the best name for this thread? Photographing the ordinary? And what should photos of this type be called? What is the category? Ordinary photos? Something that doesn't preclude the photos being well made, but the subject is ordinary and doesn't have to be artsy.
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Nice. I can hear Ry Cooder in the background.

And Wim Wenders walking around town with his camera.....
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It's a fascinating study in composition.

The title is great As-Is. In fact it adds to the intrigue.
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I went out last sunday to take a couple of pictures in my neighborhood, I think this thread by Rob-F influenced my photos !

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Rob-F, that photo is more than "nothing", as it has a pleasant reasonable composition, and subject... and to me the "psychic" signs are something special! The big one high up next to the ATM sign is written in my Black Chancery font, also the white neon one which has to be the first time I've seen my font done up in neon! Pretty special... Hmmm, let me concentrate on the currents in the ether... I devine that would be in Manhattan/NYC!
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Doug, yes, it is on or about west 56th street, I believe. And you are a type font designer? That's impressive!

I am still searching for a name for the sort of photos I've been posting here. "Nothing" is not it. It has to do with showing what's there, whether photogenic or not. "I saw this, it is what it is," or "I went someplace and saw this" maybe.
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Ya know, it's kinda difficult to truly satisfy the "nothing in particular" criterion.

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I am still searching for a name for the sort of photos I've been posting here. "Nothing" is not it. It has to do with showing what's there, whether photogenic or not. "I saw this, it is what it is," or "I went someplace and saw this" maybe.
I would suggest "simply like this" or something similar...
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PS: hmmm, difficult, english is not my first language...better to add another photo

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I took this with "nothing special" in mind, when I was planning this thread. Later, I thought it went too far in the "nothing special" direction. But I think it does express the lower limit of nothing special, just short of "nothing at all."

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OK this should qualify as a very ordinary casual snap:

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OK this should qualify as a very ordinary casual snap:
Actually, I like that one! A lot more "special" in that one than in many of those posted on the nycsubway site.
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This is probably a better try. Local town centre redevelopment. It was an eyesore, soon it's going to be a much bigger eyesore. Nothing special that's for sure.

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I have yet to find a really "meh" shot in that thread, because there is an intent somewhere in all these pictures. That's the problem.
What's more, in the 1980's, the artist Akasegawa Genpei even wrote a book about how urban "nothing special-ness" can become special if you look at it that way. He called it hyperart.
I believe that there is a way however. a) Drink a little bit too much so as to forget as soon as possible why you were taking a shot. b) Have your camera shoot accidentally at hyperfocal (a blurry picture doesn't count!). c) Or even better, have someone with no real interest in photography shoot something relevant with a wide angle lens. The relevant something will be there for sure, but it will be so well buried in the picture that it will be the closest it can be to nonexistant.

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I don't think it is a problem. 'Nothing Special' refers to the subject matter rather than the photography.
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I don't think it is a problem. 'Nothing Special' refers to the subject matter rather than the photography.
Yes I think that comment does apply. After reviewing all the comments so far, I think the ideas that come the closest to expressing what I had in mind are "Surfaces" (not necessarily American); "Ordinary"; or, "It is what it is, don't ask." There is a quality of "Here is someplace you have probably never been, not that you would want to go there just to look at this." Some of the shots I posted are like that. And some of my shots have not been well chosen for the category, being a little too 'nice" to fit. I will try to select better examples. Here's one:



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