In my photo class this week we went through a sequencing exercise which was quite eye opening and frankly, a little bruising to my fragile ego. Our assignment was to get 40 work prints made at Adorama (learning to work with a lab) of our work-in-progress final assignment. We then brought the prints to class, spread them on a table, and the group of six sorted the photos by which ones they liked, didn't and were on the fence. Gulp.
My project centers around the life of boys, though admittedly, I have yet to really drill it down beyond that. While of course, there were nice things said, the critiques were the toughest to hear. And yet, once I was able to process things, they were spot on, and will certainly up my game. I just hate negative feedback and have never been good at it.
Here's a few of what I set on the table:
Also, many suggested to lose the b&w. Well, that's easy enough. I like b&W beacause I feel it lends a timeless feeling to the childhood images and also, frankly, because I think it's more forgiving of some of my attempts to get rid of color casts.
Anyway, on this day, I'm resolved to try some new things. I don't know that I captured the struggle, but I'll tell you this -- I'm feeling it.