Please enjoy these 50 photographs from the members of The DMU. As you view these photos from around the world, learn more about our highly functional dysfunctional collection of Flickr addicts by taking in the notes and comments as well as the photos.
The photos themselves are always intriguing, occasionally bland, often stunning and most are destined to gather 10 deletes before they can ever hope to have 10 saves. Along with the inane comments and required tags, the members of The DMU will often add crop suggestions and point out flaws with notes, make a sly joke by adding a tag and mark the picture as a favorite if they find it exceptional. And what a range of photography. One Los Angeles based photographer regularly produces stunning photos of finely posed dolls in her home studio. A Floridian creates one-of-a-kind abstracts that are almost never understood for their root. Among the many New York shutterbugs, one dude smoothly convinces all sorts of people to pose for his terrific portraits.
Many spend far too much of their time arguing about photographs, posting movie spoilers, gently antagonizing other members, and engaging in unbridled conversations that touch upon even the most taboo of subjects. Hours have been wasted clicking reload on the group's home page as we've waited to see where the conversation is going. Are heads butting over the so-called War on Terror? Is someone quitting due to one last perceived misdeed? Is there a newbie getting attack as fresh meat for having the temerity to make a suggestion? We are internet addicts to the core. We are photographers. We are athletes or parents or environmentalists or Republicans. And sometimes we are all of them, and more.
There's a lot that unites us, and lots more that divides us. What we have in common is to be able to accept the criticism and learn from it, to help us grow. In reality, we are as different as our photographs and that somehow unites more than anything else. As you examine the photographs from the show, you'll see that there is no one overwhelming style. Each photographer has chosen his or her own entry, and they reflect the best of what we have to offer. Where else could you see photos featuring a goat on a roof in front of a stunning blue sky, a child wielding a knife and a cemetery cleaner at work?