This week I’ve received the Lensculture review for the series of pictures that I sent for the Portrait Awards 2017. The mood of the feedback is positive although it insists on the two or three weakness of the series, which it’s great to help me to know how a trained viewer perceive my work.
In my opinion the analysis is made on a compositional level, reading the pictures with no more information that the pictures themselves. Maybe it was my fault no to submit my work with a more complete documentation, but there was a limitation of 1500 characters, so it would be imposible to include the whole text of the assignment, to which these pictures belong.
Hello Blas Gonzalez,
Thank you for submitting your work to Lensculture’s Portrait Awards 2017. I enjoyed going over your black and white photographs and the narrative qualities you create with your images. I can tell from your project that you understand how to get great expressions from your subjects. Good Job!
I have a few comments that will hopefully help with your submission and overall visual language. I enjoy how as a whole your images begin to tell a story or lead into the next one. I think this is because you have an excellent job of keeping your images consistent through the use of black and white. Images 2 and seven both feature your actor talking to the chair. I would consider keeping image seven since the composition is stronger than two. Image 6 for me is an excellent idea for a picture, but it has a couple of compositional problems. I understand the urge to create an off balance composition where everything weighted to the right, but the image is a bit awkward because you cut off your figures foot. I think the shadow in this picture is also a bit distracting I would suggest adding more light to the background of this scene. Image 7 for me, also has some technical problems the image is rather dark, and there appears to be a hot spot on the figures face. I think your strongest images here are the ones where your subject is overextending their body around or on the chair like in pictures 3 and 8. Another thing to consider about this project is what does it mean to create this set of images? What do you want to the viewer to gain from your project? I think a little more about what you believe that these images are doing would make this project a lot stronger. Overall you have strong skills as a photographer and would encourage you to keep challenging your abilities. Thank you for submitting your work. Keep it up!
Recommended Books & Photographers
- The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton
- The Artist Statement: How and Why to Write Yours by Jennifer Schwartz
- Ways of Seeing, by John Berger
- How to write an Artist’s Statement
- The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression, by Bruce Barnbaum
- The Decisive Moment, by Henri Cartier-Bresson
- Doing Documentary Work, by Robert Coles
- LensCulture Exposure Awards
- LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards
- Sony World Photography Awards
- Lensculture Portrait Awards
- LensCulture Street Photography Awards
- Aperture Portfolio Prize
Portfolio Reviews & Festivals
- Photolucida (USA)
- FotoFest (USA)
- FORMAT International Portfolio Review
- The Annual New York Portfolio Review
- Les Recontres d’Arles Photo Folio Review & Gallery
- LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph
Recommendations for Gaining Exposure
- Flak Photo
- Shots Magazine
- Fraction Magazine
- Burn Magazine
- A list of international photography festivals compiled by Fotographia magazine.
- GUP Magazine
- VII Education Workshops