AWARDS: Review from LensCulture, Portrait Award 2017
Here’s a new review of my works by the team of LensCulture! Thanks to the team of LensCulture
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to give you some feedback by sharing your submission with LensCulture.
Your selection of pictures here is a very nice. It seems to me that you are a talented photographer and also you have an interesting way of approaching a subject. Ιt’s a pleasure to spend some time with your work as I liked your striving to create a kind of personal aesthetic commentary on Portraiture.
-Aesthetically and conceptually, all of your images are quite vivid. The absence of color emphasizes the lack of time. Your studies on the work of Sven Nykvist, Ingmar Bergman, and Carl Theodor Dreyer, obviously affect your work. As you already know, among others Drayer had an obsession with whiteness. Whiteness that redeems a character from his passions makes him an almost divine figure. More or less, this feeling of sacredness is apparent to your images. And I am not talking about image 4 which apparently provides such a sense. I am speaking about the whole set. Another interesting component is the weird use of shadows. In pictures 2 and 4, the shadow covers the “main entrance” which leads directly to the soul, the eye. The hidden eyes make the subject ambiguous and mysterious. But it doesn’t mean that this choice functions well in both images. I believe that you overdo with the shadow in image 2. On the contrary, the use of shadows in image 4 looks justified.
Something that I believe you have to reconsider is the too tight way of framing. Your images are already vivid and with such a strict way of framing could possibly become overweighted as the subject seemed to suffocate into these frames-prisons.
The weakest picture, in my opinion, is image 1. Even it shares the same visuality and more or less the same concept like the rest of the set, there is a sense of timing, like the capturing of a moment. This sense clashes with the visual elements which emphasize the spiritual atmosphere.
The strongest picture to me is image 3. The use of light and shadow reinforces the gaze and from that gaze derives the necessary context of the image. Also, all these blurred white circles that seem to cover the face, help the subject to escape from reality, makes it too cinematic. By the way, this character looks like Ben Stiller.
Overall, I am glad because I can sense a great artist behind these images. Your work is very interesting and inspiring, with many references to the magical world of Cinema. I like your attitude toward your work as you have a desire for quality that goes along with it and I encourage you to keep making photographs of people and anything else that compels to create art. I am sure that you have the potential to make very interesting pictures and I will be jubilant to see more of your work in the future.
Always have in mind that the difference between a good photograph and a great one is subtle, but a great photo evokes a connection to the viewer.
My engagement with your work was a very enjoyable experience. I am pleased by your enthusiasm and wish you many more adventures with your art.