A couple days ago I get this great feedback from LensCulture on five portraits that I've sent to them. After attending the College of the Arts & Crafts and earning my Bachelor of Fine Arts, critiques are a standard and I welcome it with open arms. I grow from critiques and it feels meaningful & valuable to me that someone took the time to evaluate my work.
"I can definitely see the film influence on your work. I think its interesting to think about the difference between how films work and how still photos work and where the overlapping aesthetics are. In some of the above images your film aesthetic works with the ideas to create an effective still image--"
"However in the first image and the third image there is too much implied by a suggested narrative, the image itself doesn't carry me. This is to do with the fact that much of the importance in the image is in the shadows. (see notes above)."
"I'm also struck by how all your images are of men, while men tend to feature in films where they can be more subjective themselves, people seem to photograph men less in still images where they become objects. Is this something you've considered or is it just a coincidence?"
... David Campany's Art and Cinema and Vision Anew By Charles Traub and Adam Bell both address ideas around still photography and cinema and the overlapping and differences between them. I would suggest that you look at these as well as the work in the Directoral Mode", I feel like you don't necessarily need/want to make work like that, but I think it would be useful to be well-versed in their language. Good luck I think you have the potential to make a lot more engaging images."
"The picture of the man in the Mickey Mouse ears has a snap shot aesthetic and the use of color elevates it to something more. It reminds me of Martin Parr's work--which if you don't know you should look up."
"I think your last picture, 5 is particularly striking and it works as a still image, the ideas are conveyed through the picture...The final image is sensitive and engaging in a way that I do not see that often with men."
Thank you LensCulture!!