Lens culture review

May 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

I recently have a had my project reviewed by the professional over at Lens culture. I would  definitely Recommend doing this if you have a major project.

Project review 

 

I enjoyed this submission and series. You are in good company photographing people on buses and I thought I would refer you to a couple of other examples. You must look up Tom Wood Bus odyssey - which is a book and project. It is an amazing group of photos of people on buses in Liverpool and becomes a really amazing chronicle of life in Liverpool. I think your images also speak about the isolation and separation the attitude almost - people have when on a bus or other forms of transport. Where they become engulfed in their own world and thoughts. I have worked with an artist on a project that has explored this also in photography and drawing. It is by Dryden Goodwin and I would suggest you look at his work Caul, but also his drawing of people on London Underground. I note that a number of your subjects notice you are taking the shots and so look at you. Dryden chose to work at night and use a telephoto lens. There are ethical issues with this approach as obviously the subjects have no idea they are being photographed. Another photographer who has taken shots in public spaces but remained unseen was Philip Lorca Di Corcia for his series Heads. Take a look at those and also the court case for Philip as it was a test case around the ethics of the way he works. Tom Wood - worked so close up people knew he was there so you may feel more comfortable with that approach. The strongest image here was the lead image - The portrait - amazing shot and well worth submitting to portrait prizes etc. What a great face ! I also loved the black background on this work. However you will need to take alot of shots to get a good and tight edit - and that is about a volume of work and working out the best time of day etc to take the shots. I would suggest you try at night. You are at a stage where you need to experiment and take alot of images to work out where you are going. But you have found a good subject and it shows great promise.

Recommended Books & Photographers

 

Photographers (fine art & street)

Relevant Quotes from Past Jurors


  • "Does the image tell the story or illustrate the photographer's vision clearly? The difference between a good photograph and a great one can be subtle, but a great photograph evokes an emotion/connection in the viewer. — Patricia Lanza, Director of Talent & Content, The Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • "A good text with the pictures is short, concise, to the point, informed, descriptive. I find it helps to imagine you are speaking to a smart child who would rather be outside playing with friends: you have very little time to tell the story and explain WHY it matters. The same holds true for captions.
  • 1st sentence: describe the image 2nd sentence: why and how this image fits into the body of work." — Daphné Anglès , Picture Editor, The New York Times, Paris, France.

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