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    Biggest EVER turn on? Easy. Alfred Cheney Johnston's photographs of the Ziegfeld girls. WOW! I don't care that there's a hint of nudity but I just go nuts when I see his photos. I'm totally amazed by them.

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    Old cemeteries
    Historical photos, either of people or landscapes, preferably from around the Civil War through the 1940s.
    Landscapes (b/w) or sepia
    Action photography, especially football, ice skating, hockey...I love sports photography - color or b/w

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    Modern portraits
    I love the smell of fixer in the morning...It smells like...PHOTOGRAPHY!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    Add Atget to the list of great photographers.

    Worst turnoff - photographs where technique is everything. Jerry Uelsman and surrealism first come to mind. If you have nothing to say then it really doesn't matter how well the print is made. I do like surrealists like Magret but can't think of any good ones in photography other than Nagy.
    Sometimes its just better to go to bed and post in th morning when the mind is fresh.

    I mispelled three of the names in my post, they should be Jerry Uelsmann, Rene Magritte and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy. A interesting aside, Hungarian is spelled strictly phonetically except for some personal names. So no help even there.
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    I noticed that nudity comes up in a few people's list of turn-off, mostly when it falls in the "useless" category.

    I find there are two kinds of nudity that people care about: prurient, or meaningful. Sometimes a photo can be both, but the popularity of prurient photos on the Intertubes shows that it's easier to make than meaningful nudes.

    The sad sack of nude is thus the non-prurient, meaningless one: just a naked girl, somewhere, not doing anything specific, nor representing much of significance.

    Nobody really cares about it. It stimulates no sinful intent, and communicates nought.
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    Well I suppose it's good to get things off your chest, so here goes:

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    Well-executed photographs with interesting subject matter, or ones which convey strong emotions or otherwise draw me in as a viewer (so an entirely personal thing).
    Photographs that show some special quality of the light (hard to define exactly what this means).
    Photographs of things/people/places that I haven't seen before (especially from the earlier years of photography and therefore liked as much for their content as for their technical qualities).

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    Almost all photos of a jetty sticking out into an empty sea. It's not that they're bad pictures, but the internet would be half its present size if they all ceased to exist.
    Milky water: flowing down waterfalls, swirling round rocks (with or without strategically placed autumn leaf), washing up on the beach. It just looks downright freakish.
    Photographs in exhibitions with incomprehensible captions. I can only take so much "autobiographical ethnobiology" without feeling like biting my hand off.
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    likes: as a viewer i like to be made aware that the photographer effectively uses the medium in their own unique style
    dislikes: repetition, cliché and generally mediocrity
    "The real work was thinking, just thinking." - Charles Chaplin

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    Someone once remarked that to tell whether a photograph is artistic or pornographic; "the artistic photograph always contains a plinth or an urn."
    A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

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    Turn-on: attempting to answer the question.

    Turn-off: over-simplification
    (yeah im calling you guys out who answered "like: good stuff, dislike:bad stuff")
    =]
    Go not to the elves for counsel, for they will say both yes and no.

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    I also don't like when people generalize about liking things that are "unique" or "different" or that they "haven't seen before". Just because it is unique or different doesn't necessarily make it any better than something that has been done to death. It is very popular these days to just do something unique, and often the "uniqueness", and nothing else about it, is what makes it "brilliant". I recall a relatively recent issue of View Camera which featured a portfolio of prints from some of the photographer's old negatives that had been poorly washed (therefore stained and heavily degraded). That was the point. Brilliant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
    Someone once remarked that to tell whether a photograph is artistic or pornographic; "the artistic photograph always contains a plinth or an urn."
    What does a Grecian urn?
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    Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
    Turn-on: attempting to answer the question.

    Turn-off: over-simplification
    (yeah im calling you guys out who answered "like: good stuff, dislike:bad stuff")
    =]
    i guess this is me

    for turn ons

    i am open to most types of photography, i don't really mind nudes or
    things if they are accidental, as long as some thought was part of the scheme ..

    as for turn offs ..

    labels ...
    and i get tired of when there is no self expression
    or nothing that expresses ownership of an image ... but instead just
    copying someone else's style or their tripod holes &C ...
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