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.