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Tuesday, 20 October 2020


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Love the Baha'i Temple in Wilmette! I was unceremoniously asked to leave, with my parents, when I was crying in there as a little kid! Now an oft told piece of family lore!

Looks like a terrific, productive little photo contest, Mike! (Of course as a life-long Chicagoan I immediately recognized that image as the Bahá’í Temple located in Wilmette, a northern suburb or Chicago.)

Separately, but relatedly, the photographer Joel Sternfeld undertook a project in the '90s to photograph sites where some historic, often horrific, event took place. In some (most) cases no traces of the event remained. But his masterful use of very neutral, unblinking images of these scenes is more chilling than a news photo might have been!

The book, by Steidl, accompanying the resulting exhibition is titled "On This Site". If your back's out and you can't get around easily this will keep you well entertained.

For folks in the UK (or England anyway) Historic England has a feature allowing users to contribute images and other things to the Listed Buildings archive


No prizes though, but quite rewarding.

Check out the funky camera in the banner image at the above url - assuming it doesn't get randomly rotated

The contest is a great idea. Unfortunately, the example you showed looks garish and over processed. It looks like a digital file. Also, the building has converging lines. I suspect this is the type of photographer who never heard about shift lenses or never used a large format camera where he could control converging lines on architecture.

Free Photos for Wiki use.
All their people get paid - but they think a few cheezy prizes and a ton of FREE photographs is just fine.
Just one more outfit who shows you how much they actually value your images.

"All their people" do not get paid. I'm sure they have some full-time employees, who of course get paid, but nearly all of the content, text and photos, is generated by volunteers, not by employees. There are quite a few of my photos already in use their (none of historic monuments).

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