Today in class, we had to bring a print that we would like to include in our portfolio. In just a few weeks, we will be presenting a portfolio to a panel of judges for them to praise or tear apart as each judge feels is fit. Ah, yes, this is the rite of passage for any student that goes into upper division.
I've heard different things about the portfolio review. I even heard some horror stories in which the judge told a student to get into a different line of work--also, the teacher told us about one judge that was having a bad day and cussed a student out! From my classmates, I heard it was a mixed bag. Some got their work slammed but still received a good grade. Others didn't get slammed too badly but then got a bad grade. Of course, it was rare that all three judges loved it-I have the feeling it'll be a bit like going up for review by Simon, Paula and Randy (hey! did you ever think that if Randy had a name with three syllables, they could be like the chipmunks.."Alvin, Simon, Thee-o-dooooore" ok back to my post...) Sometimes I also think they tear something apart just to see how a person will react. I dunno, just an idea.
The picture you see up there is the one I submitted in class. It's taken from a sundial at the cemetery at the Santa Barbara Mission. We discussed some other shots I'd taken and I came away remember how subjective this is and how our approach is different. My teacher wants me to use lights and set this up and that up, while I'd rather use available light. He wants me to make it more dramatic (which could be interesting) and give it a feel of horror, while I completely disagree. If that's how he feels about cemeteries and death, so be it, but I don't and I won't take the pictures to fit someone else's idea of what it should be like. I think this'll be interesting.