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APC 0082 2048

"Critique keeps us honest if we let it. It keeps us asking questions instead of clinging to answers we think we know or would rather hear. It is not a substitute for listening to our own voice; it's a tool for honing that voice, seeing our blind spots, and escaping ruts we weren't aware we were in. A well-chosen critic can open us to new possibilities, help us see our strengths, and allow us to become more honest about our weaknesses." 

“Many photographers want nothing more than to make “better photographs,”.... But many photographers have never stopped to ask what it means for their photographs to be “better” or “good.” The competitions that are the daily bread of camera clubs and photo associations encourage the idea that these “better” photographs can be measured and judged on a scale of one to ten, as if soul can be measured. We can do better.” 

“Does it have soul?” Is it alive? Do I see something of the artist within? Does it move me? Does it make me think? Does it challenge me? Does it enrich my human experience?” 

From The Soul of the Camera by David duChemin

Three levels of critique

  1. Impression - impact, decoration
  2. Expression - of emotion
  3. Interpretation - what it means to the viewer

 

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