Sunday 9 January 2011: Toil and trouble
317/365: Felix trying to catch bubbles, January 2010
What a boring day.
A boring, boring, boring day.
I have been marking for most of the day and I am SO bored! I'm marking panels of photographs and although there have been a few images which make me go 'oooooh, that's nice!', I've had everything from out-of-focus pets to over-saturated rainbows, night shots where it looks like the person fell over with their camera, blurry landscapes, teenage self-portraits of heavily made-up eyes... plus ancient recycled pics where they haven't even bothered to take the date stamp out of the shot. And my backside aches from sitting down.
So, naturally I got the bubbles out and blew them down the hallway so that the kids would go crackers and I could have some fun. And it was fun, which made me happy. Until I had to return to marking (and commenting) again. I try my hardest to be positive in my feedback. Make constructive suggestions and y'know... be supportive... but with over 700 images to look through and comment on both the visual and technical aspects of all of them... even my normal enthusiastic positivity tends to wane a bit.
Here is a quick guide to my comments...
1. I can see what you were trying to do here ...if I took a *lot* of drugs
2. Lots of potential for the future ...sometimes the only way *is* up...
3. Unfortunately several of your images are not quite sharp ... a jelly would, in fact, be sharper...
4. You have a really creative approach to your photography ... were you actually using a camera????
5. A few things to think about... ... there are lots, but if I were to type them all, I'd wear the letters off my keyboard
6. You clearly engage with your subject ... but why you think I want to see 6 shots of your dog, I'm not entirely sure
7. There's a real sense of humour which comes across in your work ... this has to be a joke
8. I think that as your technique improves, so will the shots you create ... the camera's the thing with the lens, if that helps as a starting point...
9. Some unique viewpoints chosen ... what *were* you thinking??
10. I was interested to see you comment on that image in your report ...seriously... what *were* you thinking?????
Okay, so I don't really mean those. But I would LOVE to be properly honest sometimes in my feedback! Blunt feedback. That has to be the way to go. :o))
Right. Back to marking.
*drags heels and sulks*
PS My feet are cold as well as my backside aching.
PPS This blip has lots of potential for the future...