Originally Posted by Jerry Skrocki
The characterization of what you perceive to be the American perception of world cultures is not only inaccurate but also exhibits some personal bias.
a) You are wrong about my personal bias.
b) Europeans do see the American Way of Life and the perspective this gives different than Americans.
c) Photography - any art form actually - without personal bias is vapid and hollow.
d) My original post was a proposal not an attack.
Since it is Sunday morning, I have slept well and eaten something and it looks as though sun, warmth and spring will finally arrive over here ...
Let's start with a rather basic question: What is out contest for? I thought we want to share perspectives and learn from others, slightly incentivised with a prize. If that is so - and my perception might be wrong - should we really care for the 125,256,875,326,444,129th drop falling into yet another hued liquid?
To be a bit more constructive. What about themes being able to do all around the world but with the possibility of a cultural twist
- sports fans
- seasonal change [spring in the Northern hemisphere, autumn in the Southern ATM]
- [local] street festivals
- architectural details [i.e. doors, letter boxes]
- corner shops [Mom-and-Pop stores to you Americans]
There's lots more. All of them have several advantages, chiefly all of them can be interpreted personally, none of them have written 'symbolic' all over them while at the same time being able to be seen as such. They are found all over the world without necessarily looking alike. They are everyday enough to make the photographer find her own way to make it interesting.
This, Jerry, is what the arrogant Old European meant before.
... I try to avoid a fight.