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Death In Napoli

Death In Napoli
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Copyright: Pierre Richer (tournesol) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1827 W: 258 N: 1536] (12876)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-21
Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon PowerShot S400
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/125 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Italian Vacation - October 2005
Date Submitted: 2005-11-04 7:58
Viewed: 2537
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What fascinates when travelling are not necessarily the sites, the museums or all the stuff you find in the guide book. I'll go and visit, but ask Suzanne, I can get bored quite rapidly. (I can be such a blasé man...) My joy is to look around for the small details of life that are new to me, or to experience the life of the place I'm visiting. And this shot is one of those.

You find these death annoucements just about everywhere in Italy. I don't know if they are unique to Italy, but they were certainly new to me. This particular one caught my attention because of its surroundings. Kind of symbolic, isn't it?

PP Notes:
- Small crop;
- Very small Curves adjustment;
- Re-sized and framed


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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29336)
  • [2005-11-04 8:40]
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Très, très intéressant Pierre, d'abord j'aime cette photographie pleine de couleurs, ces lignes horizontales, vraiment original. J'aime parce que tu sorts du reportage habituel, j'aime voir ces murs, ces murs d'ailleurs, ils ont tous une histoire à nous raconter, c'est passionnant, plus qu'une photo du colisé. Ta note nous apprends de plus une chose que j'ignorais totalement, j'ai hâte de savoir si ça existe ailleurs, je te le confirme, pas à Québec.

tfs, so glad I'm not the only one, it is good to be different. Why do all the 'done' things? I prefer to come home with images that tell and show the 'essence' of a country and, that, indeed is usualy in smaller things.
Btw, in some cities in Belgium, like Bruges, these are still put up...
Magda (*_*)

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2005-11-04 9:25]

Hi Pierre

Jackon Pollock meets urban street art? I like the color, abstraction & sharpness. Bon travail!

The drama here is of course that the announcement will also be thrown in pieces in some weeks, or covered by similar and competetive ones. Like death-advertisements in papers will be used for packing dead fish.
Wonderful transitoriness in your picture Pierre.

Hi Pierre,
it's very strong photo. And sad. I love the way you caught it. I'd probably pass by this announcement - in my country they are also quite common, so more difficult to people like me to notice...

We get used to things, don't we?

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  • Saiz Gold Star Critiquer [C: 909 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-11-04 11:25]

Toutes nos condoléances a cette inconnue Napolitaine …
Toutes nos félicitations au photographe qui nous l’a fait découvrir …

Wow, this is amazing, Pierre. What a gem!!! I have never seen anything like this before. You have done well to capture it too. I love the background with all the torn and worn posters - then you have this plain stark announcement. Excellent composition.

hi pierre,

those death-announcements are also common here in austria, mostly pinned to an old tree near the cementary or at a site in a frame. didn't know they have them in italy. so intersting note and fine catch!

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  • redol Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 260 W: 33 N: 12] (2254)
  • [2005-11-04 13:12]

I like. Many resistances. The rest of the color against the
announcement... Seen very well. Good composition. Great document.

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  • pompey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 391 W: 156 N: 602] (8359)
  • [2005-11-04 14:41]

Classically composed shot Pierre, good details, and very informative note.
Good vision.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • erdna Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 574 W: 62 N: 749] (5437)
  • [2005-11-04 15:54]

That is new to me too. The announcement is pasted on a roll-up door, when the door opens it wll tear up the paper and it will look like the rest that has been pasted earlier. Nice catch and TFS.

thank you for your comments on my photo, "California Coast v1".


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2522 W: 368 N: 2626] (11964)
  • [2005-11-04 19:36]
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That place didn't have just anouncements for funerals, I hope ? I guess not, some of the remnants are quite colourful. Well seen, Pierre. TFS.
Oh, in Belgium we don't do it like this, we print obituaries in the local papers and we drop letters in the mailboxes in the neighbourhood.

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  • nova Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2441 W: 250 N: 873] (8693)
  • [2005-11-04 20:21]
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Surprenant comme mode...annoncer les morts! Je n'ai jamais vu ca nulle part! Image tres particuliere,coloree et des plus interessante! El cette annonce,tres unique en soi,en fait une image documentaire des plus speciales! Bien vu! Michel

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2005-11-05 5:45]

I like to see the everyday things too, but I can't say I've seen a poster like this! Poor Teresa, aged 83... I don't think I'd like my name plastered on a wall like this.
Good find Pierre, well done.

Bravo Pierre pour cette superbe photo. Après les tourments de la vie, cette dame a trouvé l'apaisement... Cette photo montre exactement la même chose à travers ces affiches déchirées et l'annonce de décès propre et sobre.

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  • M4tej Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 212 W: 28 N: 82] (781)
  • [2005-11-05 12:14]
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I like this shot!!!
It is so clear.
I like colours.
Composition is very well captured!!!

Poor Suzanne! I travel with someone who's just like you!....gotta keep moving!!! Gotta see everything! I'd kind of like to just sit and absorb the atmosphere sometimes! :)))

But, I do agree with your assessment of travelling. I like to look for all the little cultural differences also, and this is a great example! I had no idea that some countries do this. Nothing wrong with it - it's just different!

Thanks for sharing this, Pierre! I love dropping the little bits and pieces of things I've learned here into conversations - this one will come up this week, I'm sure!

Take care,
Gayle :)

Hello Pierre,
i can understand what you said about what you like when travelling - same with me (I always pretend to faint when it takes too long in the museums) - it's the little details like the one you show here that makes travelling so interesting. This is new to me as well, never heard of death-announcemnts being posted like this. Thanks for this contribution, really interesting!

Great observation Pierre, thanks carrying it to us...
What is here so new and alive but already dead, what looks like a worn out and lifeless still alive and stays there..

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  • artabb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 341 W: 34 N: 182] (3637)
  • [2005-11-08 15:21]

Hi Pierre, they couldn't have put a death announcement in dedlier place, and you caught the desolation of the desolation in a beautiful way.

Very good daily life shot. Yes, you can find those announcements in the Mediterranian Europe and the way you caught it emphasises the feeling of everything just passing by, as well as life. The show must go on.
Great shot, you really showed us nice details from the vacation, congratulations!


Congrats on this one Pierre! It shows a great eye for detail, and the overall presentation is first-rate.

Very good seen, very good result.

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