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Sun May 17, 2015, 7:25 AM
So, in the middle of setting 12 exams in a handful of days, I swing past dA, to discover a flurry of activity ... Timothy-Sim has nominated
You're not listening! by AfricanObserver
for a DD, and yesterday was the day it featured!

I have coveted (yes, I use the word advisedly, but it is the right one) one of those for a goodly long time. They make rather a mess of the inbox. It is fascinating to see what people pick up on out of my rather eclectic gallery. Mostly the nature shots, which makes sense, but even some of my unloved and quirky images got some airtime.

So, to Mr Sim, thank you, and to the community for all the people who appreciate my quirky sense of photography. I will be processing the input for a little while, but I am rather overwhelmed.


Grant H


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African-Amber Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch! :happybounce: :squee: 
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Didn't realise I wasn't watching you!
Like you pics of kids - their spontaneity.
African-Amber Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Yup. Kids are amazingly spontaneous. I have no idea how some photographers get them to pose though. I love taking candid photos of them.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I think posing causes stress. I'm almost 100% into candid for any age.
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eccoarts Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015
You have some wonderful images.
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :D
jules-101 Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Loved your comment about Inayat & photographing people. If you are interested my opinion it is in there as well. There was one thing you said about certain people "making fun of their subjects" that gave me pause. I am not a professional photographer, my 25 years in darkrooms was only in addition to working all the time, and I have only begun taking digital photos in the last 2 years or so. But, I thought about whether I sometimes make fun of my subjects- and perhaps, but no more than I make fun of myself. Some people have lived with darkness and pain so long, that when they are given another chance at life, they simply laugh all the time ;) NICE gallery!!    
AfricanObserver Featured By Owner May 23, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
There's making fun, and then there's seeing the quirky side of things. They are different. One is belittling to the subject, and the other isn't. I don't think that all the subjects in the street galleries would be happy with how they are portrayed. I do however think that Inayat could show every published image of his to the subject with confidence.

Thanks for the visit!
Grant H
jules-101 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I agree ;) :blowkiss:
maxlake2 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much for the :+devwatch:, Grant! :)
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