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Sep 7, 2012, 11:30:12 AM
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Extinct Monolith by WayneBenedet Extinct Monolith by WayneBenedet
They are almost gone now. These elevators once dotted the prairie landscape. Most every town had one or more but in the last 20 years, most of them have gone extinct.

This one is located in Snowflake, Manitoba, and is no longer is use.

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ExiJay Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
I love your work
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014
scottyboy-72 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful shot. Great job with the composition. And thanks for the story.
Akatsuki-no-Aiko Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
and photographs have a lot to do with that: keeping memories alive. Well more than that: it's their main purpose, right? That one seems precious. Nice photograph.
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I think the art of photography has changed considerably over the years. In the past it was used as a way of simply making a record. Then various processing methods were developed that allowed the photographer to modify the mood of an image. Now in the digital world, a camera and digital negative are truly just tools to be used to create something of beauty. Yes, one still starts with a basic exposure, but that is more like the basic starting idea that a painter has now, rather than a finished mechanical image. You can see the difference between people who post here. There are those who take snap shots of their lives, they simply want a record of where they have been and what they have done. Then there are those who are are good in the technical aspects of taking a pictures, but they lack a sense of life and soul in the finished product. Then there are those who have learned to process in a way that speaks to the viewer and allows them to use the digital negative as a toot or starting point to make something new. Finally there are those who have endeavored to put all of this together. These are the photographic artists.
Akatsuki-no-Aiko Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Oh! thank you. It's so interesting and it's a real lesson! I'm honored. I think I belong to the first group, I mean: I mostly take photographs of the things I really want to remember, it can be a sunday with my whole family, a flower/cloud/situation I find really pretty and so unique (in my opinion)... but it's mainly to keep it alive in my memory. I remember when I was in Rome, I took a lot of photographs cause I really wanted to keep it alive even now. So I'm not a photographic artist for sure, I just upload some of them to share and if it makes someone happy or facsinated (I doubt of that last fact) then I can say that it's a kind of victory. I never really thought of what you've said above. Thank you. I think I'll look at the photographs I see more deeply, and my enthousiasm waned, I'll begin asking myself "what does the photograph wanted to show there?".
And for myself, I guess I'll keep chase the emotion that the "object" give me to capture it!
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Photographic art, as a study takes years of practice and training to develop. (Much like painting or drawing) I have been shooting for over 35 years, I studied at a professional school of photography, and I teach photography, and yet I am still learning. I really like the control that the digital world gives me. I recall that just about 20 years ago, in order to achieve what I do now, I had to give detailed instructions to the processor. Now I can do all of that myself, and actually see the results before printing. The down side is that the premiere processor in North America was closed last year. Sylvano Colour Labs in the Toronto Area, could just not keep up with the digital advancements, so they closed their doors. In my younger days, if you were in North America and you were not using Sylvano you were not even close to professional. But I can see why they lost business, because most people began to process for themselves, and all they need now is a good printer. All of my work is outsourced to California for printing. But even here if my volume was larger, I would purchase my own printer and make all of the canvas prints for my shows myself.

I think, from my teaching experience I find that most people are just interested in learning to take good pictures of their families, friends and life. A few people go on the the more technical aspects, and even fewer to the artistic. I don't think there is anything wrong with this process. People do what fits into their lives. For myself, I almost never take family pictures, my wife does all of that.

For myself, I look to people like yourself and the kind of work that you do for my inspiration. Most of the photographs I see are "nice" but not inspiring. It is the work that people like you do, that inspires me.
Akatsuki-no-Aiko Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
I do not doubt of that. I know that in drawing, I've been drawing not for so long... but I know that I'll keep learning things as long as I keep drawing. I understand that the level you've reached is the result of years and years.

I didn't even knew that (about the processor). I mean I'm just 24 and as I've reached the age to take interest in photos, it was the "digital world" already. It's a good story and like the photographs that you took of old cars etc. it's nice of you to explain how it was before, I appreciate it.

Ah, thinking of it, I may not maybe, but... do you look at the photographs people take with a critical look? or with other words: do you still have what I could call "a child regard"? Cause sometime I'm so into something that I look at it as a machine an it's not a good feeling to me.

I'm sorry to say that but I'm pretty much confortable with learning by myself, instead of taking courses (Fortunately, most of people do not think like I do). I experiment, I look at other's work and trying not to copy what they do, I kind of take inspiration from their work too. In drawing it's mostly their use of colours and textures.

Photographs do inspire me to draw too. I'm glad that all of that is so connected: photographs, drawing, writing. Every single discipline is taking inspiration and giving inspiration to another. That's the kind of things that makes me see the real beauty of what we do (professionals or just hobbyists).
WayneBenedet Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
As an administrator of a number of groups I have to look at what people present with a critical eye. But really all I am trying to do is to be faithful to my job as an administrator. I often spend time looking at the new submissions here at dA. When I do that, I am not looking at a piece to be critical, I am looking for an emotion. If a piece of work moves me, it does not need to be perfect, it just needs to speak of its own accord. Then I will often add a :+fav: I usually do not comment, because to say more is to be critical in some way, and I get enough of that in my teaching and as a group administrator.

I too am a self learner. But as a teacher, it is necessary to be able to learn by ones self. Though as you say, many prefer to learn in a group. I have learned photography at a professional school, but much of what we learned had to do with continuing to learn, to experiment and to teach ourselves. So it is very much like your process. Perhaps the only difference is that I often use an experimental approach to a new technique.

Many years ago, before I started to take photographs, I learned to paint in oils. What I learned there was valuable to what I do now, so for myself, in some ways there is very little difference between painting in oil and photography. The tools are different, but the results and the use of colours are very similar.
Akatsuki-no-Aiko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Ah! that's nice to know. Sometimes it's frustrating when people don't leave comments, but when I see it in the way you said, then yes, a favourite is a comment somehow. Saying "I like it" or just "it make something shake into me" something like that.

Speaking of that: some people are absolutely outraged when their pictures are denied... they take it as a rejection of themselves... well I mean, I have a friend who's always complaining about that. But I don't even know why she's doing that even now... I think that if you are passionate you don't need that. I would like to help her 'cause it's really hard for her. But I just can't. And, I understand your point of view. You have to be critical as an administrator of a group. People must be aware that their submissions may be denied. And that's nice that you can find some time looking for the emotion of a picture (that's what I asked if I remember well).

I should try more experiments too. Plus, I can see it clearly too, the similarities between painting and photography too. But the difference that I can find that made me choose painting is that by this way, I can do things which come directly from my imagination. And I like that!
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