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    i used to make liquid emulsions and use liquid light
    and put them on glass plates. i did this for a good 3 or 4 years.
    probably the best image i made from this series was on a 8x10ish sheet
    of window pane, it was a big oak tree, with no leaves.
    i made 2 prints from the big plate, and it fell on the floor
    and broke into about 100 pieces.

    soon after the shock wore off i took a piece of broken glass, covered
    with foreign materials, and stuck it into my enlarger head
    and that THAT, and it changed everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    My choice may seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but I'll have a stab at it.

    Mostly I photograph what satisfies my soul and how I see the world around me. I like to make portraits, and last May of 2009 a friend of mine asked if I could photograph her horse Doc. Doc was an old horse with only one eye, having lost the other to cancer some ten years back. Now cancer grew in his second eye, and the only remaining solution was to put him down.
    I met Doc for the first time the day before he was to be put down, and I photographed him the same day of course. I shot five rolls of film - 3 x 120 and 2 x 36exp 35mm. I gave my friend the pictures as scanned on a CD, and a medium sized print of her choosing for free.

    Out of the pictures I can't pick one that I feel is more significant, but I rate the series of pictures as the most important one. It's by far the pictures that gave the recipient of the print the strongest emotional reaction; today, a year later, she still tells me she tears up when she looks at them.

    I'm very proud to be able to do that level of service for someone, by doing what I love.

    - Thomas
    Sad story With your images of the horse show a bond, a love.

    Yes there are a lot of emotions related to photos. I often wonder if I would even like some of my images, had I not been there when they were taken. I've always struggled with the experience of taking the image and viewing the image objectively.

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    These. We knew shouldn't wouldn't be with the family for long, due to a heart condition. These images were made the first hour of her 11-day life.

    - CJ
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    This one.



    I think it's fairly good considering what I shot it with, no DSLR or even SLR here folks, just my Fuji P&S, and when, Winter. (He was so pale at the time he half looked like a ghost!) It's maybe not quite the best portrait, but it is the one that means the most to me. This guy is a very good pal of mine and one of my favorite people.

    I've taken many pics of him, but I do think this is the one photograph I've ever taken of him that truly captures who he truly is. Rick just has one of those bright smiles that can light up a whole room. People just love to be around him. This is just so "him" this shot that it makes me smile just looking at it.
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    I think this one is my most important shot, because while it is good as a composition, it has made me a better printer.






    Mike

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    Cheryl, I remember it vividly to this day when you posted the pictures. Caroline, was it?

    Kudos to you for handling such a situation with such grace.

    - Thomas

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheryl Jacobs View Post
    These. We knew shouldn't wouldn't be with the family for long, due to a heart condition. These images were made the first hour of her 11-day life.

    - CJ
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    I wonder that a lot too, Lanny. Why am I taking this picture? What's its purpose? And I always wonder if they will mean something to others, even though my photography is a fairly egotistical undertaking - you know, having a vision of something within that you just have to express.

    Just keep shooting.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lanline View Post
    Sad story With your images of the horse show a bond, a love.

    Yes there are a lot of emotions related to photos. I often wonder if I would even like some of my images, had I not been there when they were taken. I've always struggled with the experience of taking the image and viewing the image objectively.
    "Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank

    "Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman

    "...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh

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    For me it is always the next one. Keeps one fresh to treat every photograph like it's the last and the one for which you wish to be remembered.
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    None of my photos are important in the grand scheme of things.
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    "civility is not a sign of weakness" JFK

    "The Dude abides" - the Dude

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    These are interesting comments. When I posted this I wondered if anyone would have anything to say. Seems like the most treasured ones are of people we know and loved, or animals too. So far no one has said their most important shot was this bridge or this car. Interesting. Ric.
    P.S. Thanks for the replies.

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