Fotki Contest.... First Prize!

The object of the contest entry was to produce a photo with the word "Fotki" in it. Most people 'shopped in the word. Others made the word out of other objects. I chose to present the word in American Sign Language.
Most of the comments were amazing and most people "got" it. There were a couple who didn't, however, including the one who suggested I should put the letters for each sign on the hand or somewhere in the photo. Another person said that the hands should be on a brightly coloured background. The latter was more an aesthetic comment. I didn't agree and thought that the black and white images had more impact.
A couple of people gave really low scores. I'm not sure why and I'm not really interested in the why's. I like the image and I think it is effective. Certainly, the majority of those who voted "got" the image, or at the very least though it was technically good or interesting. So I am pretty happy.
In regards to the suggestion that I should have put the letters on the images, it just goes against the entire concept to include the letters.
I wanted the image to be a "thinker", requiring someone to really look at it and think beyond just the word. As "hearing" people, most of us have very little need to give more than a curious glance at the deaf and their world. This photo forces people to try and understand something about deaf-culture. It turns the tables on us all because it forces us into the position that the deaf find themselves in a prevailingly "hearing" world.
If it makes one person think, then it is successful.


Blogger Knattyb said...

I know absolutely nothing about this contest, or even what Fotki is. I just happened by your site randomly and was intrigued by the collection of photo's.

People often make suggestions to appeal to larger demographics. In essence they'll try to dumb-it-down. Don't.

I love the photo's on their aestetic value alone. More importantly ,though, is that they're moving. Great work.

10/02/2005 10:46 p.m.  
Blogger squiggies said...

hello! i just happened to come across your blog and saw this post.

i don't know much about photography but this one caught my attention. i love the concept, by the way. and i agree that the black and white theme works better. :)


8/29/2009 2:02 p.m.  

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