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Roger Hicks is a well known photographic writer, author of The Rangefinder Book, over three dozen other photographic books, and a frequent contributor to Shutterbug and Amateur Photographer. Unusually in today's photographic world, most of his camera reviews are film cameras, especially rangefinders. See www.rogerandfrances.com for further background (Frances is his wife Frances Schultz, acknowledged darkroom addict and fellow Shutterbug contributor) .


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Old 06-29-2018   #41
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Thank you, Roger.

I enjoyed the article, it brought a smile to my face after a not so great week. Thoroughly enjoyed your website, too: bookmarked!
Dear Brian,

Thanks. We all need more smiles! Hope you have a good week-end and a better week next week.

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Exactly. If Stephen thinks I take more than I give, I'll leave the site.

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I offer my meager appreciation for your posts Roger. As near as I can see, so do several others while just a very few seem to have a problem. Poor Them.
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Stephen already has spoken about this. I couldn't agree more, especially for a mentor.
I thought he had but did not have the link. Apparently Roger still insists on the behavior despite Stephen's admonition against it.
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folks,

Roger has always been a bit contrarian. I like that about him, to a point.

He took it upon himself not to participate at RFF when told his recent style of merely linking back to an article on his website was deemed no longer acceptable and not really participating at RFF.

While Roger's photography contributions can be outstanding,
he needs to stop merely lazily linking back to his own site without posting and participating with his articles at RFF.
Or, leave his articles out of the mix, and just post.

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Well done, Roger. I have a series of empty chair photos that also reminds me of the absence of people.
Thanks Roger! I for one appreciate your works. Please keep posting.
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Roger,


I noticed that you posted an identical post with a link to your article over on Amateur Photographer. Just copy and paste.


http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...-there.137138/
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I clicked on the link.

Maybe I missed it, but I don’t read posts from folks dissing him there like they are here.

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http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...-there.137138/
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Thanks for the article and the link, Roger! As always, you present valuable ideas in very well written form. I have read and appreciated your articles since the days you wrote for Shutterbug.



I heartily support you linking to articles on your web site, which makes immensely more sense to me than copying-and-pasting the whole thing into a space here. We know its source, regardless.



If we can put links to our personal web sites in our signatures, why couldn't we link to them in the text of a new thread?


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I clicked on the link.

Maybe I missed it, but I don’t read posts from folks dissing him there like they are here.

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http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk...-there.137138/
Some here asked why posted link to it is elsewhere. I read how people reacted on OP link there and it looks like quality not always comes in quantity...



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1. They're not free to the owner of this site who has to pay for hosting RFF.



Want to use this site for the intention of promoting yourself? Pay for an ad in the classifieds.

1. Are you a mod?
2. Send a message to a mod if this issue is that important.
3. Stop reading if it really sticks in yer craw.
4. What’s the difference between Hicks inviting us to a website where he might get a small pittance and another poster directing readers to visit a real-life gallery where an artist may gain a pittance from sale of a print?
5. The film/camera/darkroom community is so damn small. What do you gain by alienating us with trolling and pedantic arguments?




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Darlings,
As my husband says very much, "It has only ever been, and always will be, about the people involved. You may interpret that any way you wish."

"Trolls should maybe wash their ears before they come out from under bridges," - Nana Ouspenskya

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'Nobody There' brings to mind...




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or walking past in a hurry and not sure .... Nobody there , Somebody there




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Madame,

This made me crying a little. I am reminded of a story about Hemingway. He says to friend in bar that he can tell a story in six words. His friend bets against that. Hemingway: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn."

Hemingway wins. My heart breaks.
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Roger, I sometimes photograph this topic, though mostly I find I can make more interesting photographs with people rather than their absence. Thanks for the discussion.



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What is happening here is quite sad really - i hope it gets resolved soon. There are moderators, these are the people we need to inform if we disagree with what is happening. Rather than publicly crucifying people, mods need to delete a thread if it does not not meet the website's policies.

Anyway, my version of 'Nobody There'

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This theme is present in my photography too every now and then



places with an own special magic like at Rollei´s former factory here
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On balance, it looks as if rather more people are interested and engaged by this sort of thing, and come on to RFF to post pictures and discuss the idea, than want to complain about it.

So I'll carry on doing it until Stephen decides he can stand it no longer.

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Love the theme...
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Love the theme...
...a man's dream is an house...only stones now...[/IMG]
Dear Robert,

Yes. The relationship between ruins and "nobody there" is often fascinating. Like you, I look at ruins and wonder how and when they fell into ruin. And of course some buildings are rehabilitated. A house I can see from my front door is now occupied; a few years ago, the roof had fallen in, but it was eventually repaired.

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Madame,

This made me crying a little. I am reminded of a story about Hemingway. He says to friend in bar that he can tell a story in six words. His friend bets against that. Hemingway: "For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn."

Hemingway wins. My heart breaks.
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Hello Mme. Oscuro,

How I loved your way of words...
Hemingway's words
A story of six words bittersweet
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I have no problem with links. Cuff links, chain links, golf links or Roger's links.

(By the way, I tell that Hemingway story often.)
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I have no problem with the link. It's not like I'm going to rush to buy a print. I also enjoy the creativity of Roger and others who think up novel themes. No one has talked about the images themselves, some of which are a little insipid to me, a little washed out, not up to the potential of the idea itself.

And taken with one of my all-time favorites, the Df.

Thanks for adding interest to our photography, Roger.
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I have no problem with the link. It's not like I'm going to rush to buy a print. I also enjoy the creativity of Roger and others who think up novel themes. No one has talked about the images themselves, some of which are a little insipid to me, a little washed out, not up to the potential of the idea itself. . . .
Indeed, but this is to some extent a question of monitors. They look pretty bad on my laptops; OK (but not brilliant) on an ordinary flat screen; and really not too bad on the old CRT monitor that I use for image editing.

And thanks for the kind words. I freely admit that I am not the best photographer in the world, but I'm quite a good writer, and my hope always is that I will, via a combination of words and pictures, inspire people to do better than I. It's a poor teacher who doesn't want his pupils to outshine him.

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...some of which are a little insipid to me, a little washed out, not up to the potential of the idea itself....
I think the strength here is really the result of the combination of words and images, a case where 1+1 = 3

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I think the strength here is really the result of the combination of words and images, a case where 1+1 = 3

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Thsnk'ee kindly. It's the best I can normally hope for!

See you Monday! Two vernissages Tuesday...

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Indeed, but this is to some extent a question of monitors. They look pretty bad on my laptops; OK (but not brilliant) on an ordinary flat screen; and really not too bad on the old CRT monitor that I use for image editing.

And thanks for the kind words. I freely admit that I am not the best photographer in the world, but I'm quite a good writer, and my hope always is that I will, via a combination of words and pictures, inspire people to do better than I. It's a poor teacher who doesn't want his pupils to outshine him.

Cheers,

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Roger, rereading my original post, it seems a little harsh, which wasn't intended. I take your point about monitors. I've seen your body of work and it's a good one.

I think sometimes these forums are mutual admiration societies and stray far from honest criticism. We line up to say something nice about this person's work in hopes he'll say something nice about our work.

And, in the words of Seinfeld, "There's nothing wrong with that".
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Hi Roger,
Sorry it always comes down to this petty trolling. I for one, find you the most insightful writer on this site. You are much appreciated.
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Roger, I enjoy your stuff. It contributes to the site.
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Accentuate the positive, even when it’s about negative space.

Glad to see the contributions of Helen and Mme Oscuro. I like RFF better when they are around. I also like RFF better when Roger is around. And I don’t imagine I’m the only person here who dislikes the tiresome incursion of ad hominem attacks disguised as moral superiority.

So, naysayers, critics—why not contribute an image and join the fellowship?
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In reading over this thread I get the impression that some are just giving him a hard time. I appreciate Roger's civility in response, that would be difficult for some. BTW, for anyone concerned about this thread, please take the time to read RFF's FAQ and Guidelines, linked from the top of every page. You know, its that thing you clicked that you read when you joined RFF. Attacking other members is not permitted. If you have problems with posts, report them to the Admins and Mods.

While I am not a fan of Roger's linking to long articles instead of posting them here, this is not such a serious offense that it would get Roger (or anyone else) banned first time, every time.

So, for those who are not a Roger fan (or anyone else for that matter), don't read their posts. Roger link to your site, but emphasize new posts at RFF.

As most of you know, Roger and Francis are going through difficult times with Francis' health. That is a very tough situation to handle. It turns your life up side down.

I don't want RFF in any way to add to Roger's stress (or anyone else's). Let us try to appreciate and get along with one another.

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(...) I don't want RFF in any way to add to Roger's stress (or anyone else's). Let us try to appreciate and get along with one another.
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I've seemingly got quite a lot of these sorts of shots, more than I realized. A few:








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I've seemingly got quite a lot of these sorts of shots, more than I realized.
I've noticed that quite a few (myself included, I admit) have a thing for Feral Furniture shots, which definitely fit this theme ...

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I admit I don’t get it.
I love it! Honesty is the best policy!

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I think this poem may explain the concept:

"As I was going up the stair
I met a man who wasn't there!
He wasn't there again today,
Oh how I wish he'd go away!"

extracted from "Antigonish" by William Hughes Mearns
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