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Neo-Candlerism by isuandrew Neo-Candlerism by isuandrew
Iíve been getting pretty deep into the abstract with this one. There are so many connections I want to convey with this. I hate to explain them because I feel it will leave no room for interpretation. But then again, I doubt that anyone will really go into depth thinking and researching about this one...... so I will offer some of my main thoughts about this:

1. Asa Griggs Candler was a business entrepreneur who bought Coca-Cola company from its creator John Pemberton. Candler went on to bring the Coca-Cola company great success because of his huge push to utilize advertising in pushing this product.

2. I chose this way of composition to convey a more modern approach to advertising. More aesthetically minimal. A more pure form of the product. This is a photograph of a vending machine which I find so pleasing to look at, especially at night. For me (as a photographer) I tend to notice ordinary things like this and I find it to look extraordinary. Although this attraction to the aesthetics of this.......... machine is on a conscience cognitive level for me, I think that the normal consumer takes this in at a more subconscience level but it is just as attractive to them (they are just not as aware of it.) Advertising relies on this subconscience level of thinking that quietly yells out ďBUY ME!!!Ē It is so natural and they know that, and they use it against us. And it works....... amazingly well too...... if it didnít work then there would not be millions spent every year on advertising.

3. Keeping the sub-conscience in mind I think of Freud, the father of the psychoanalytical field of psychology, filled with theories of the sub-conscience and many of concepts that directly affect the advertising industry. Now if you can follow me deeper into the abyss you can see Candler as the father of psychoanalytical advertising. When I think of advertising, I think immediately of the soft drink industry.

4. As a kid I used to down Coca-Cola and Pepsi on a daily basis. At least two a day. A few years ago I started drinking water instead. Now when I drink soda/pop/coke I feel horrible. It coats my throat and irritates it. My teeth are also coated in an uncomfortable way. After I drink it I have to brush my teeth and drink water to try to purify me. But yet I still feel a draw to drink it every once and a while. Itís weird because I donít particularly like the taste of it either. Itís an interesting battle and it parallels so many things in life that are like this. Like money and wealth, Iíve never heard of anyone being content with what they have, even if they have everything...... it seems that people who have fame and fortune seem to have some of the most problems. I heard a sermon this weekend that talked about chasing after the wind. That all these tangible objects in this world will never completely satisfy a person. That we need to rely on Jesus for satisfaction and stay on Godís path. There was a very interesting story about a famous sportswriter named Gary Smith who interviewed the boxer Mohammed Ali not too long ago. Ali granted an interview with the sportswriter at Aliís home. But when the reporter got there Ali was just silent and didnít really respond to the reporters questions.... but he did lead the reporter out to his barn which was filled with pictures and memorabilia from his fighting days. Ali took a look at one of his framed pictures and then turned it upside down and set it back on the self. He then walked outside and mumbled something....... the sportswriter asked him if he could repeat what he had just said because he couldnít hear him. And Ali said, ďI had the world........... and it wasnít nothing. Look now.Ē
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Equiflux Featured By Owner May 29, 2007   Photographer
This is great, I do love coke though.
The reason being that I love the design of it and all the old machines and signs.

But it's so surreal that we now have machines to give us drinks, Coke is way too expanded.

I also agree with ~mikeoug, It's definately not a taste of life, more so a sugary coat that does make your throat and teeth feel horrible and rough. Coke 'the taste of oil'

I loved your description by the way, really enjoyed it.
isuandrew Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2007
Thanks.... yeah I love their advertising as well. Machines that give us drinks..... and machines that give us movies as well.... I wonder what kind of machines they will have in the near future.
neonemy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2006
you make me sad
isuandrew Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
Why? Happy V-day by the way, a little late!
neonemy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2006
meh! V-day.....did you read my journal? I denounce everything to do with that corporate holiday! And you never talk to me makes me very sad. I'm beginning to miss our conversations.



Until then...
isuandrew Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2006
Yeah, valentines is a crock, sorry I’ve been real busy with being lazy.
neonemy Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2006
wow, i have that problem too!
mikeoug Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
The really truth is that we know nothing...
The tip of life for me is to keep ourselves searching the truth!
It doesnt matter if we dont know!
Kavafis (greek poet) said long time ago that: the destination isnt important but the journey!
frankienexus Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005   Writer
mmmm i adored the description and the thoughts that it held
i am a coke adict, it actually effects my mood swings, so i was connected to the piece straight away
weirdly yesterday i stood on a station platform waiting for a friend and was looking at the vending machine thinking an artist with an unique soul could make something interesting out of it.. and then i see your dev.
isuandrew Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005
Thank you so much. I’m flattered that you liked the description. Yeah it’s funny how you thought about this and then saw my dev. I have recently developed a fascination with refrigerator related lighting......... I’m being serious too.
Lamediel Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2005
And interecting shot man, I'm 50 50 on it
the Lighting is well done, so is the use of the negative space, but the figure itself feels to cut off the top, which kind of leaves with with a discordinat feeling.
But its defently an area that you should keep working with. I like your descirpiton as well.
isuandrew Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005
Do you honestly think I care what you have to say about anything. Salvador Sat. Night.
mikeoug Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
This pic shows to me the product alone and dead!
Advertising for me is the sickness of our ages....btw i work in advertising!
But we all watch them and buy sometimes because of that sickness!
We have to many informations to eat and i think we must leave all this system outside our minds
and taste the life and not Coke!
We r following the path of Capitalism which says to work and buy all day...
I dont know...
im trying to leave many parts of my life like, watching TV, buying mobiles, buying useless things etc.
Thanks and sorry for my English!
isuandrew Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2005
Thank you so much for your insightful comment!!! Your English is great btw!!! I really like where you said “the product alone are dead” it really is like that. Advertising does seem like a “sickness” or disease or addiction. “We r following the path of Capitalism which says to work and buy all day...” -very well put. Have ever heard of a comedian named George Carlin? He says that a house is just a place where you keep your stuff while you go out.............. and get more stuff! But this is so true in life. I know what you mean about trying to get rid of some of the useless things we do. Just doing this photograph has got me looking at the products I buy differently........ I bought some grapefruit juice today only to find out that Coca-Cola owns the brand: Minute Maid. =D
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