Image Assignment - Remember When?

Submitted by RobNevin 03/08/05 1:48 PM GMT

An image has the power to take its viewer back in time, or tell a story to the viewer. Take, for example, an image of a help-wanted sign taped to the door of a downtown shop, or a pair of worn out Keds with a broken shoelace. Or perhaps a bike with training wheels lying beside it. It could be a saddle, or a volleyball left on a sandy beach. Perhaps a hockey stick stuck in a snowbank, or a speeding ticket.

And when a viewer pauses to reflect on an image, their mind creates the accompanying story using bits of their own life experiences. The image becomes a wordless essay, written uniquely in the minds of each viewer.

And thus the reason for the assignment.

Create an image intended to invoke such stories in the thoughts of the viewer. With 5,000 people traveling through the Caedes site daily.. imagine all of the stories one single image could trigger. Entitle the image using the following naming convention, and encourage them to leave a few words of their own story in the Comments area.

Entitle your image like so: "Remember when?" [your title]" For example:
Remember when? First speeding ticket
Remember when? Worn out Keds
Remember when? The training wheels came off

Entitling them in this way will help identify images that are specifically posted for this assignment, even though they will still be posted into their normal categories.

Remember, this is not a contest; there will be no adjudication, no prize, no ribbons. The reward is just a communion of viewership and the richness of the comments that the pictures will draw.

If you are interested in participating, let's start posting them on March 15, the ides of March. That should give folks some time to collect their ideas and snap some shots. Collaboration is encouraged!

A new dimension. A new challenge. A wordless essay. Have fun!


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03/08/05 6:27 PM GMT
A very well thought suggestion Rob. This will result in some fantastic work. Im sure we could discuss creating a permanent 'Remember when' gallery for the best images. And it also bridges the current gap in contests!
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03/08/05 7:52 PM GMT
I should like to explain that the idea for this assignment was from a team of Caedes members whose inputs, thoughts and suggestions are represented in this assignment. Thanks to each of you for your vision.

I'm just the poster on their behalf.

Thanks to Caedes too for supporting the direction and allowing the assignment to be presented as News.

•••• Remember; hold off your posts until March 15. Because this is not a contest, there is not deadline. Just like the person who cuts your hair, the stories are never-ending! Have fun ••••
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03/08/05 8:50 PM GMT
i think this is a wonderful idea :)
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03/08/05 10:47 PM GMT
Hey Rob...on a hunch I tried Netscape and it works's just IE where there's a problem viewing and posting the comments here...anyways, I'm here to add my bravo to the great idea and look forward to seeing what images and stories will result...thanks to all for the creative idea.:Pat.
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03/09/05 3:50 AM GMT
My above comment was using I'm using Explorer and see the problem is fixed...thanks to the fixer.:Pat.
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"What's the earth with all its' art, verse, music, worth--Compared with LOVE, found, gained, and kept?" (Robert Browning)
03/09/05 6:14 AM GMT
Good morning
Great idea. A challenge, and one that I can see above many of us are eager to get our lenses into. Count me in too.
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03/09/05 8:53 AM GMT
Great concept, Rob! And thanks for putting up all that prize money...
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03/09/05 8:55 AM GMT
Absolutely wonderful. Should inspire photography based on thought. I doubt we'll see many "Remember when? You looked at a flower really really close??" ;-)
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03/09/05 10:08 AM GMT
Great idea, Rob! I'm very impatient to see the first images.
Damn... I'm searching in my stock of images... Not easy, man... ;-)
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03/09/05 11:42 AM GMT
Godd idea, folks. I think the "photo assignment" is a good approach. It gives us all a way to direct our work and see how well we can do photography in pursuit if a goal instead of the usual pick-up shots that we do ordinarily. We're already thinking about it.
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ж Regmar ж
03/09/05 2:46 PM GMT
I am in total support of this non-contest idea and hopeful future gallery. I thank you Rob for presenting this, accepting all input, and putting it together. I look forward to "Remembering When..." ;)
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03/09/05 8:22 PM GMT
Sounds Great! Thank You Rob
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03/09/05 10:07 PM GMT
Very good idea.
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03/09/05 10:10 PM GMT
Sounds like you all "get it" and are scrambling through your photo piles as I write this. I wanted to say thanks to my team on this.

•••• ::fotobob •••• bjb •••• June •••• ::arneh •••• Quiet ••••

They so rock.
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03/09/05 11:29 PM GMT
No comment... *walks away briskly*
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03/10/05 8:07 PM GMT
Excited to see how this will be received and how many will become involved! I have my images ready how about you? LOL
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Close your eyes and hear the birdies sing! AcrossTheWorld
03/10/05 9:21 PM GMT
this is a great idea...ill see what i can do :^D
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Keep doing what you do best!
03/11/05 1:08 PM GMT
This really gets the creative juices flowing. I have a list of "remember when's" just waiting to be photographed.
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Annie and I invite you to visit our website. Photography is not a trade - it is an art. It is more that an art. It is a solar phenomenon, where the artist collaborates with the sun. deLamartine 1855
03/11/05 5:14 PM GMT
With the advent of broadband this weekend, I will no doubt present an image or two. Thats assuming I can work out which plug goes into which socket!!!
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03/12/05 1:44 PM GMT
I was struggling, through the planning with the team on this assignment, how a non-photographic image could be used to meet the objective. PrettyFae has an excellent example of creativity in her gallery in her image entitled Night Fantasy.

One could find an object in their home that, when scanned and presented as an image, can trigger the response called for in the assignment "...An image has the power to take its viewer back in time, or tell a story to the viewer...." Now be nice people, we don't want any images that you would normally reserve for the office photocopier if used as a chair. *wink*

Thank you PrettyFae for opening up the idea even wider.

••••Other fine examples••••

MrXwild has another fine example of a non-photographic work entitled:
Remember When You could Relax

and from Nathan (nmsmith) please see his posting entitled:
Remember when grampa took you horseback riding?

and from Robert(fotobob) please see his posting entitled:
Remember when - Bear.

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03/13/05 2:48 PM GMT
Hey Rob!
I better get my scanner ready then!
Thanks for using my work as an example...I feel very flattered :) and everyone - of corse - is welcome to my gallery...I hope it will be of use to you all :P
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03/14/05 12:28 AM GMT
Ahhhh! something to "tickle our fancies" and others too. It will for sure take us all to some great pics and will bring thought provoking things into our own minds and hearts...what a really nice idea...glad you are helping, Rob....wonderful way to begin the Springtime!!
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03/14/05 11:44 AM GMT
Although I'm new to this site and photography, this seems like a great idea, and I'll be sure to submit something.
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03/15/05 11:26 AM GMT
Uhm, today is 15th. Where should one download since I can't find any photo yet.
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03/15/05 12:46 AM GMT
Images for the assignment will appear in New Images as usual. The titles should be prefixed by the words "Remember when?". The prefix will facilitate searching for all assignment related pictures.

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03/16/05 1:03 AM GMT
Oh my goodness, I just must say the thinking behind the postings to date, and the comments and stories have been SOOOO much fun view and read. Well done folks, keep it up!
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03/16/05 11:26 PM GMT
Well folks I cannot tell you how disappointed that I am with day two of our Remember When? project. I was under the impression that we were all loaded for bear and ready to take this assignment to great heights. Now as day two is almost in the dumper I must say that only three, of the original, members of this select group uploaded images today.I am totally disappointed and now plan on returning to other items of interest to me. This would have , and could have been more fun as time passed. It may still be a laugh or two, as I read any additional inputs, but as for me I am now officially out of the game as I have many other eggs to crack. A very disappointed...
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Annie and I invite you to visit our website. Photography is not a trade - it is an art. It is more that an art. It is a solar phenomenon, where the artist collaborates with the sun. deLamartine 1855
03/17/05 3:33 AM GMT
Bob, your photo's were wonderful and I laughed aloud and the stories you helped emote. Thank you for your participation and for the smiles your submissions brought.

I'll look foward to your newly cracked eggs!


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03/28/05 2:00 AM GMT
OK kids, don't be disappointed. I think this experiment was well worth the effort. I saw a lot of good work come out of the group, and I think you have to realize that most of us didn't devote all our waking lives to producing these photos. A thought here and a thought there got us where we are. We do this for fun; it's not our obsession. What it DID do though is to encourage us all to design a photo instead of merely taking one.

I propose a new assignment. I would like to see a black and white assignment. rarely gives us the opportunity to show off our B&W stuff, and a chance to do something like "Black and White - People on the Move" would be an interesting way for us to develop another skill. The assignment could be for us to capture people doing things or something like that. Black and White is a fascinating medium, and I for one would like to see what our creative genii could come up with.

It's important that people not just fish stuff out of their collections, but rather go out and creat something new.

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ж Regmar ж
03/31/05 2:31 PM GMT
another interesting twist.. guess i need to find a camera lol..

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