Artist Challenge #9: Vivian Maier

posted June 6th, 2011
Wow, I am so stunned to have won thanks to Jaydee, I would have never entered. Thank you all for your votes and for all of your comments over the year. Really means so much to me and has kept me motivated and eager to learn.

Wendy Chapman told me to check out a street photographer. That day, I googled her and everything changed for me. Being the gritty street lover that I am.... I wanted to see what all you guys come up with. I hope you are as inspired as i was by: Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier, was a street photographer from the 1950s - 1990s. Vivian's work was discovered at an auction in Chicago where she lived most of her life. It is such a shame that she was not around to experience the impact and power of her work.

Please click on the link to see her amazing work and have fun...I hope you become as inspired as I was when i saw this blog. Please check out her people shots....

http://vivianmaier.blogspot.com/

If I knew how to past photos on here that i did not post on my project, I would...maybe someone can help me and add the photos for me. Sorry, kind of technically challenged. :)

Sorry, please tag your photo "Artist Challenge Maier" contest ends this Friday, June 10th @ 12 midnight.


posted June 6th, 2011
congrats Robin and had a brief look at the blog (website here http://www.vivianmaier.com/)..

Can see why you were inspired so... very interesting life story and great photos - will look at when have more time (should be workin gnow haha)
posted June 6th, 2011
Congrats on your well-deserved win. It was a stunning photo! This looks to be an interesting choice for the artist. I may have to pass since I have an aversion to leaving my house (sorta joking!) and my area's not well-suited for street photography. We've got more strip malls than cute downtown areas and I'm so shy that I'm not a fan of photographing strangers. Still, if the inspiration comes to me to I'll give it a whirl and I'm eager to see what everyone else comes up with.
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Oh, and you forgot to include when the challenge ends and how to tag the photos for entry. :)
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@robinwarner Robin I am thrilled that you have won, you work is amazing and can inspire anyone who is interested in street photography. Well done.
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@robinwarner here ya are ladybug!! This is the way to do it also: you paste in this code...
< img src="image source address here.jpg" > (no spaces between the arrows and the letters once you've actually written it.







Also, here's her website: such a great gallery in there! WOW!!
VivianMaier.com
posted June 6th, 2011
oh and GREAT choice btw!! I'm going to participate, but I'm so scared haha!! I am nowhere near as bold as you to do these street photos. But I'm gonna give it a shot
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@amyhughes thanks Amy...i encourage everyone to check out her people shots too they are intense...i still can't figure out the posting...but when i get home, i will try it
posted June 6th, 2011
@robinwarner, congrats on winning the challenge! i may give this a whirl...
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@robinwarner My dear you won! Yehhh! How cool is that? Congratulations and they don't call you a queen for nothing!
I can't wait to participate on a challenge hosted by you, is going to have a whole new meaning.
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@alecio thanks dear...Superman was still my fav. cant wait to see what you come up with
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yay!! well deserved my friend:)) this is a great photographer....i will see what i can do:) congratulations!!!
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@robinwarner Trust me I am really happy for you, and you know a little how I feel about challenges, winning is sweet, but participating and having freedom to do what we want, priceless. I can't wait to read about Vivian Maier, taking some time to see her work and star shooting.
posted June 6th, 2011
*hugs* well deserved photo robin .
nice artist choice by the way .....

this is somehow my impression of vivian maier's self portrait .

http://www.vivianmaier.com/portfolios/self-portraits/?pid=269

posted June 6th, 2011
congrats Robin, thats fantastic and your street shots are too!!!
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Congratulations Robin! I'm going to check out Vivian Maier's work, but from the shots posted above, it looks like it's going to be a great theme week! Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with! Great artist choice RW!
posted June 6th, 2011
cool choice.. read about her earlier this year,.. what an amazing women she is... will try and give this a try.. most often get animals not people where I live...lol
although some people will have you believe animals are people too... heehehe
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I love this theme, so much inspiration!
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a stretch for me(good thing:)) i see she had some great kid portraits/lifestyle shots so will go for it....
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Three more because I like the theme so much!
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Congratulations Robin. It was a great photo! I loved it. One day I'd like to have a go at these artist challenges. Although maybe this isn't the best for me to start with, still being a little too timid to photograph strangers! But I'm ever so impressed with all the entrants so far. It really is inspiring. One day I'll be brave too!
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what an excellent choice!!!!!!!!
posted June 7th, 2011
Wonderful choice. Someone told me about her this year. I am not much of a people photographer and there are not many great scenes in rural Iowa. But I will do what I can with what I have.

Congratulations Robin.
posted June 7th, 2011
@sourkraut I keep hoping we will get back to doing some landscape painters or expressionists. But there are so many good portrait photographers on this group, I am learning a lot. I am not much on photographing strangers either. I made my shot for today from the car at the gas station. There was a sad looking hitchhiker there, but my husband would not let me get close to him. He would have been perfect.
posted June 7th, 2011
Well Robin. You are wonderful to spread the word about Vivian and for others to paste her work here for all to see. Just great. I feel her presence. I have few shots like these but I will see if i can get out a shoot a few this week.
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I keep trying these artist challenges although I don't have much skill. It is fun to try.
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@omabluebird ..Vivian did a whole portfolio on selfies.. you could do a selfie and not the street photos.. if you feeling shy..
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here is one of mine... lol

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Shooting unsuspecting locals :) It's not street photography, so I am not sure if it qualifies.
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My last entry :

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Oooo I'd love to give this a go! Unfortunately I'm not sure I'll manage in the deadline but I am inspired!
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solitude
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@naladka Vivian did more than just "street" photography, so really any style would qualify.. :)
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The one for today:
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@robinwarner I have seen a docomentary on the young guy who bought most of her stuff at an auction and saw a lot of her pictures..her pictures were phenomenal.
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I went down town today and walked around the two blocks that have the most people around. I had a great time and made lots of shots most of which were bad. Even so I had lots of shots to choose from. My best opportunity, turned out to blurred to use, it was a guy with his shirt pulled up scratching his back. Too fun.
posted June 7th, 2011

I decided I could use this for the weekly theme too. He was so earnest about reaching his destination.
posted June 7th, 2011
@nikkers Thanks. Actually I went out a made shots on the streets today, not many really interesting people out and about in our little town. Too hot for one thing. But I had a great time trying.
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@nikkers That selfie of you in the bathrobe and shower cap is just hysterical! I love it!
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@robinwarner Robin, Congrats on your winning photo! I usually steer away from the artist challenge, but this one has me excited! Do the photos have to be taken this week? I have several older photos that I have converted to B&W so I can post, but I realize they may not qualify. I wish I had more time before I head out on Thursday, you have inspired me to head downtown Indianapolis!
posted June 8th, 2011
@mabear gosh..i dont know the answer to that question..let me ask Amy Hughes, she might know..
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@robinwarner - Figured it out!
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This is a shot of the local polka radio station where I was guest today. I thought it looked a lot like the same era when Vivian photographed her wonderful street shots.

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So went a little crazy today.. but I like the results..










posted June 8th, 2011
ohhh! i love this street photography. Have officially become a fan of Vivian Maier. Thanks @robinwarner for leading me to this thread. =))
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@robinwarner. Hi! Just stumbled across this challenge! Almost missed it. Will have to go out and look for something suitable. Had a look at the blog. Really inspiring. Oh and congrats for winning the other theme! (which photo was it?)
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This theme is so much inspiration, sorry but just had to make some more:
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here is my take
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Out of Gas

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I sure do not get many comments when I put up black and white shots. I guess my few my few followers expect flowers and sunsets from me.
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this is so addicting that i flooded my upload yesterday for this challenge. Sorry about that.







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@maaikel . Awesome shots..
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I've never done an artist challenge before, but Jon and I just so happened to have a little mini photo session in the city today. I'm sure I'll be uploading a few shots from there. Thanks to @harley84 for suggesting I enter this shot!
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@triciaanddazzle: Uh, sexy ;)!
Here's mine:
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And just for the fun four more:
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Okay, here goes..





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@robinwarner Thank you so much for introducing me to this remarkable artist!
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@relicsong Love it
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@miraries Very nice
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@nikkers hahaha, shinny girl!
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@robinwarner I am missing someone here, she has awesome street shots too, @seattle, where are you with your awesome shots?
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I'm gonna try a "good" one tomorrow. Street photography isn't my forte. At all.

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@flydragon You make beautiful, unusual and memorable photos that surely fit the theme. Congratulations!
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My last picture for the challenge Thank you all for the feedback I had so much fun doing this, i'll do more in B/W from now on!
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