... this is the image I lost first place to in the camera club's "Five Senses" competition! I was a bit flummoxed by that, I must say!
And here's mine.
LOL!! Well, that's just a little creepy looking
I prefer your picture, it's cute.
???? Seems strange!
I have to agree ... that is just ... creepy ... odd ... not quite right. *shudder*
I prefer your image, hands down! (though I gotta tell you - I *really love* the b&w conversion you did with it even more than the color)
The guy in the picture is actually a pretty good photographer (though this doesn't really indicate that), and a friend, so I don't begrudge him the win on a personal level. And one of the judges told me later Nora should've had ear buds to help with the "hearing" sense. But I tried ear buds and they fell out of her ears. And no, I won't resort to super-gluing ear buds into my kid's ear for a photo assignment.
It's just that I find it so perplexing at our local club how an image that precisely meets all of the judges' expectations technically or categorically (i.e. all five senses, in this one) will supersede anything else. It doesn't matter if the image is basically lousy and no one would ever hang it on their wall or want to print it or anything. Art is not the point, apparently.
I have great friends in the club now, and I appreciate the challenge of thinking through the different assignments and trying to get something that fits the bill. But I do lament that art is secondary to, well, pretty much everything else. (Which is not to say that THIS image of Nora is 'art', it's more a commentary on all of the assignments throughout the year.)