To sum up the experience of the first sessions of picture critique that I started last week, I can say, for myself at least, that it’s been quite an interesting process. It’s been fun to see the variety of pictures submitted to this informal review of other photographs’ work. The level has been good, which makes it easier for me to make some commendable comments – and maybe push the stakes a little more, too.
As I say in a summarizing comment on the page: The fact is I think all the pictures are good works by talented photographers, but the better the pictures are, the more critical I become. Otherwise I don’t see any point of this exercise. If you want to stretch yourself you need something to stretch for. This said, I am also fully aware that the views presented are only my opinions. There is no absolute right or wrong, and somebody else might see the pictures totally different. With this in mind I think the most important thing for any picture critique is pointing out what is good or bad. It’s too easy to say «I like» or just push the button. But if we want to learn something we need to know why and we need to be able to express why we like or don’t like a picture.
One thing most of the submitted picture had in common – as far I see it – is a lack of intent. I feel a majority of the photographers hadn’t been quite clear about why they took the pictures they did and what they wanted to say with them. That’s actually why I wrote the post about photographic vision and intent earlier this week. If you haven’t read it, please take a look, because for me the intention behind a photograph is what makes it stand out and makes it become interesting for others.
Unfortunately the technical part of downloading the pictures to the critique page didn’t work out as smoothly as I had hoped. The code I submitted on the page didn’t work for anybody else than me. WordPress has obviously closed the possibilities for others to post pictures in a comment. If anyone knows how to get around this limitation, I would really appreciate if you let me know. I will now close this first session of picture critique, simply to rethink the whole concept. If you have thoughts about how it can work more smoothly, please be so kind to let me know. I will let the page be open until the end of the weekend coming up. Sunday evening will in other words be the last chance to submit any pictures. After that I will close it for further posting. But don’t worry, if you would like to have a picture critiqued and don’t make it by the end of the weekend. I will soon open up a new session – and hopefully it will all be working more smoothly.
If you want to use the opportunity to have your picture critiqued, post a link to where I can find it on the Picture Critique page.