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Sep 20, 2016 13:52 |  #196

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But you placed this thread in the "People" section of the forum - this area is for posting photos of people. For me, it's kind of difficult to feel alone in a scene where there are other people. I guess I am a little confused about this thread being in the "People" section. I'd like to post here in this thread, but before I post a photo I need to be sure that it properly fits into this area. It is truly difficult to find a photo of people that elicits a feeling of loneliness within myself. This is a conundrum!

Some threads don't properly belong in any forum because, although there's a General Photography Talk forum, there's no General Photographic Images forum. A thread for abstractions is in Nature & Landscapes despite the large number of images in it that didn't start with nature scenes. (Many images there aren't abstractions, either.) Well, a thread has to go somewhere. How would you place a thread about historic places and objects (they can be urban or rural, indoor or outdoor, nautical, and so on)? The most practical choice, I believe, is to post in this thread because that's what the thread is for, regardless of where it is.

Some images here include people who look very alone or isolated. The idea may be that a viewer will identify with the alone-looking person.


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Sep 20, 2016 14:50 as a reply to  @ OhLook's post |  #197

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Good points, OhLook

I often have an idea for a thread that I would like to start, but then I never start it because there is no sub-forum into which it perfectly fits. I guess I like things to fit very precisely into categories, and have difficulty doing something if it doesn't feel like a precise fit.

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Sep 20, 2016 14:54 |  #198

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18134393 (external link)
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But you placed this thread in the "People" section of the forum - this area is for posting photos of people. For me, it's kind of difficult to feel alone in a scene where there are other people. I guess I am a little confused about this thread being in the "People" section. I'd like to post here in this thread, but before I post a photo I need to be sure that it properly fits into this area. It is truly difficult to find a photo of people that elicits a feeling of loneliness within myself. This is a conundrum!
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I'm not confused by this thread being in the "People" section. One is the loneliest number after all. But I am confused by the number of submissions that reflect not even a single trace of people.


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Sep 20, 2016 15:51 |  #199

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I'm not confused by this thread being in the "People" section. One is the loneliest number after all. But I am confused by the number of submissions that reflect not even a single trace of people.

The OP's description for this thread leaves a lot to interpretation, but isn't it possible that he meant an environment that made the photographer feel alone.


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Sep 20, 2016 15:55 |  #200

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The OP's description for this thread leaves a lot to interpretation, but isn't it possible that he meant an environment that made the photographer feel alone.

I don't presume to know what the OP meant, but that's certainly possible. I'm merely observing that the thread exists in the "People" section.


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Sep 20, 2016 15:56 |  #201

PineBomb wrote in post #18134496 (external link)
I'm not confused by this thread being in the "People" section. One is the loneliest number after all. But I am confused by the number of submissions that reflect not even a single trace of people.

Really? To my mind, those shots fit the theme more closely than the ones that include a person.


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Sep 20, 2016 16:02 |  #202

PineBomb wrote in post #18134496 (external link)
I'm not confused by this thread being in the "People" section. One is the loneliest number after all. But I am confused by the number of submissions that reflect not even a single trace of people.

Hence...loneliness. If there is no one else there when you took the picture, one could indeed feel lonely.


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Sep 20, 2016 16:03 |  #203

bob_r wrote in post #18134553 (external link)
The OP's description for this thread leaves a lot to interpretation, but isn't it possible that he meant an environment that made the photographer feel alone.

That is exactly what I thought he meant. Yet this being in the "People" forum means that the shots are supposed to include people, and some, if not most, of us do not feel alone when we are within sight of other people.

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Really? To my mind, those shots fit the theme more closely than the ones that include a person.

Oh, yes, they certainly do. But that is where the conundrum comes in to play - if one posts shots that have no people, then they don't fit here because of the name of the sub-forum that the thread is in. So the way it seems to me is that we either have to post shots that fit the sub-forum, or we have to post shots that fit the OP's intent. They are mutually exclusive to me, and hence I cannot find anything to post here, despite the fact that I have hundreds of thousands of images to choose from.


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Sep 20, 2016 16:10 |  #204

OhLook wrote in post #18134560 (external link)
Really? To my mind, those shots fit the theme more closely than the ones that include a person.

saea501 wrote in post #18134568 (external link)
Hence...loneliness. If there is no one else there when you took the picture, one could indeed feel lonely.

I'm happy with the thread as it is. I just wanted to state the contradictory nature of some submissions given the chosen category. I really feel rather dispassionate about it. I think your positions are valid. I just choose not to adopt them.


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Sep 20, 2016 16:11 |  #205

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18134570 (external link)
That is exactly what I thought he meant. Yet this being in the "People" forum means that the shots are supposed to include people, and some, if not most, of us do not feel alone when we are within sight of other people.

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Photographers are people and since they were at the scene and took the picture which made them feel alone, this seems to be in the correct forum IMHO, even though the image doesn't contain a selfie.

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I have hundreds of thousands of images to choose from.

Please post them, Tom. I always enjoy seeing your images.


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Sep 20, 2016 18:23 |  #206

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18134570 (external link)
So the way it seems to me is that we either have to post shots that fit the sub-forum, or we have to post shots that fit the OP's intent. They are mutually exclusive to me, and hence I cannot find anything to post here, despite the fact that I have hundreds of thousands of images to choose from.

The careful exercise of literal-mindedness is great in some situations, such as following instructions that come with prescription medicines or observing safety rules when using a machine. This time, however, I think being so literal-minded is limiting you rather than helping you. It never occurred to me that people who posted peopleless images in this thread had made a mistake or been sloppy, and I'm fussy enough to have posted that most images in the abstractions thread weren't abstractions.

The thread title can be interpreted in numerous valid ways. For example, the idea "you feel alone" is about people–it's about how someone feels–no matter what's in the image. If you, Tom, post a peopleless image, I promise not to brand you as mistaken or sloppy, either.


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Sep 20, 2016 19:06 |  #207

It seems the headshot thread thoughts on why are there more than strict just headshots have bled into this thread. Or the why are bicycles allowed in the photographer's ride thread. :)




  
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Sep 20, 2016 20:08 |  #208

The title is "Shots that make you feel alone" This is why all my shots are VOID of people  :p


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Sep 20, 2016 20:24 |  #209

Perhaps add 'or lonely' to the title?

Lonely would cover the shots featuring an individual.

Alone would cover stark scenes.


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Sep 21, 2016 00:00 |  #210

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bob_r wrote in post #18134584 (external link)
Please post them, Tom. I always enjoy seeing your images.

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If you, Tom, post a peopleless image, I promise not to brand you as mistaken or sloppy, either.

Ok, I'll contribute to the thread, and try for the moment to purge myself of the literal-mindedness that typically permeates every fiber of my being.

This photo makes me feel alone because, for short time last year, I lived in this house. It is the only dwelling to be found in quite a broad expanse of country, and I was quite alone much of the time while I was there. This photo brings back to my memory how very alone I was. Absolutely loved it!


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