This Is Britain - editor's top 50 - YOUR VIEWS
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29-10-09, 12:34 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
The point I am obviously struggling to make is the dearth of originality in many of the shots and the narrow subject matter of the selected photos. There are'nt enough of the eccentricly British ones and too many of roughly the same subject matter. I totally agree that stereotypical pictures of red phone boxes etc. are equally unoriginal. I'm not making any judgements on the individual images - although there are 2 or 3 that had me scratching my head - but rather the sum total. Whether this is the strongest category will obviously depend on the attitude of the judges to this type of photo. Shall we go ironic this year. Oh well, this category was no doubt added to stifle the cries of 'it's always people from overseas who win'! and the controversy that brings - and it's succeeded in engendering controversy of its own. We'll have to agree to differ on this one - a different take does'nt necessarily mean excluding what in the past we would have thought of as British but surely just finding a different way of showing i - thats where the different and original take comes in. Alcohol, fast food, litter and decay certainly exist but if you think nearly 50% of the selected entries in this category showing it in some way is a balanced view of Britain then you live in a different country to the one I do.
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