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OmerV

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An American family
« on: June 19, 2018, 09:00:05 AM »

A young family, one of many.

County Fair by Omer Claiborne, on Flickr

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Re: An American family
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 09:04:06 AM »

Great shot.
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Re: An American family
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 09:16:37 AM »

Good shooting, Omer.

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Re: An American family
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Re: An American family
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 01:33:28 PM »

A fine shot it is.
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Re: An American family
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Re: An American family
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2018, 01:49:19 PM »

Processing spot on for me
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Re: An American family
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2018, 02:43:53 PM »


Nice one Omer.
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Re: An American family
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Re: An American family
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2018, 07:46:57 PM »

I would find it interesting to know what viewers are seeing in this picture. Perhaps it's what I see, but perhaps not. Does it leave you feeling nostalgic? Sad? Perhaps Omer meant for it to be ambiguous and without judgement, but perhaps there's something implied.

As for details, what is the mom holding/not holding in her right hand? Does the man's t-shirt really advertise the Fiat Panda or something else? Is the background of Sawyers Piggly's BBQ integral to the picture, or would another "county fair" scene have sufficed?
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Re: An American family
« Reply #10 on: June 20, 2018, 01:30:23 AM »

Itís a good question. I would be very interested in the answers.  Hope many people respond.

For myself then.  Nostalgia plays a part. I lived in Florida in the early 90ís and that explains the nostalgia to a degree, even though it wasnít the best time of my life, and this is most likely not Florida. Itís how I see American culture as an outsider. The fixation on the flag, the unhealthy fast food culture, an urban environment dominated by large loud advertising. Mostly negatives I must say, from my perspective. Then there is the family and family values. Important positives. I am also left wondering because really I know nothing of the lives of the people I see here. I cannot guess at their politics, education, economic status. Non of those clues come through to me. Does the woman work, what work does the man do? To me they are just quintessential Americans. Mysterious and unknowable.
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Re: An American family
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2018, 06:31:35 AM »

As European never visited US, I donít have pejorative feelings looking at this picture. It doesnít call for nostalgia. But I do recognize the family moment and I can associate the scene with a Ďleaving a McDoí discomfort.
So, the picture attract me because it is alienating and at the same time I have sufficient recognition to project a story.
I find color important and Iím attracted to red, so that add to the appeal
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Re: An American family
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2018, 06:35:17 AM »

As European never visited US, I donít have pejorative feelings looking at this picture. It doesnít call for nostalgia. But I do recognize the family moment and I can associate the scene with a Ďleaving a McDoí discomfort.
So, the picture attract me because it is alienating and at the same time I have sufficient recognition to project a story.
I find color important and Iím attracted to red, so that add to the appeal
O, and the light. In Western Europe this light is very unseen.


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Re: An American family
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2018, 09:28:59 AM »

I would find it interesting to know what viewers are seeing in this picture. Perhaps it's what I see, but perhaps not. Does it leave you feeling nostalgic? Sad? Perhaps Omer meant for it to be ambiguous and without judgement, but perhaps there's something implied.

As for details, what is the mom holding/not holding in her right hand? Does the man's t-shirt really advertise the Fiat Panda or something else? Is the background of Sawyers Piggly's BBQ integral to the picture, or would another "county fair" scene have sufficed?

Well, I don't see anything nostalgic or sad, just a young family attending a county fair for the kids. The excess of American culture is on display, but it doesn't define the family necessarily. It is a picture of a young family that is, in fact, unconcerned with previous generations. This is their time. Whether you (or I) approve or not is of no concern to them.

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Re: An American family
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2018, 09:58:53 AM »

+1

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Re: An American family
« Reply #15 on: June 20, 2018, 01:30:02 PM »

Well, I don't see anything nostalgic or sad, just a young family attending a county fair for the kids. The excess of American culture is on display, but it doesn't define the family necessarily. It is a picture of a young family that is, in fact, unconcerned with previous generations. This is their time. Whether you (or I) approve or not is of no concern to them.

Fair enough.
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Re: An American family
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2018, 02:02:30 PM »

I like the tight framing a lot, gives composition some tension.

For me it is a social study, rather than anything else. And though of course there's a lot that makes pretty clear it's american, I don't find it very dissimilar to things you can see when you go to a fun fair here (in Germany).
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Re: An American family
« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2018, 02:49:34 PM »

I like the tight framing a lot, gives composition some tension.

For me it is a social study, rather than anything else. And though of course there's a lot that makes pretty clear it's american, I don't find it very dissimilar to things you can see when you go to a fun fair here (in Germany).

Thanks.

Iíve wondered about that. With the internet being ubiquitous, weíre all beginning to look alike. 

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Re: An American family
« Reply #18 on: June 20, 2018, 04:12:18 PM »

Good shot.
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