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My overall impressionis that your work is very strong, well-formed and cohesive. It’s engaging, absorbing and challenging. You exhibit a clear technical ability alongside an adeptness for story-telling. It’s the type of work that has an immediate visual draw, but then offers elements that slowly reveal themselves and linger, and that’s a powerful combination. It the type of work that viewers return to with anticipation.

Let’s start in detail with your artist statement. While your images should speak for themselves, an artist’s statement isn’t something you should overlook, or hastily pen before sending your finished work out for review. We encourage all photographers to put the same care into crafting a statement as their photographic work.

I think your statement is fantastic is well-written and evocative. You introduce the topic well. My only consideration would be whether you could tighten it up a little bit (say the same in fewer words).

Moving on to subject matter and viewpoint, or in other words the overall thematic impression of your work, your work is strong in both regards. In the case of the hotel scenes, you reveal an interesting perspective on a fascinating subject. In the case of your personal memories, you offer us a well-worn subject matter—everyday life—but inject enough creativity and personality into it to make it interesting. It is clear that you have engaged with the subject deeply.

Techniqueis of course fundamental, and a cover-all term for a range of elements – composition, framing and focal point, use of lines, perspective, layers and negative space, exposure, sharpness, depth of field and so on and so on. Like all good art, there are no hard and fast rules for what’s right or wrong, but that doesn’t negate the need for a general level of proficiency, and generally the best photographers know which rules they’re breaking.

You exhibit a technique which is a joy to review.

Your style of composition is complex and artful. I’m particularly drawn to image 8, for example where the elements combine effortlessly. There are a few places where your lighting and/or composition seems a bit off or awkward (i.e. the hotspots to the left and right in image 1, the main subject in the centre on 5, and the subject being well to the side of the frame in 6), but the level of thought that you gave to each scene really shines through regardless.

As far as post-processing is concerned, your use of it is elegant and strengthens each image, rather than overpowering them.

Well done!

And finally on to image sequencing and editing, which is something often overlooked but fundamental to the ways in which your work will be interpreted by the viewer. By carefully considering the order in which your images are viewed you guide the viewer on a journey—perhaps a chronological one, or one that ebbs and flows, or one that’s jarring. It’s a subtle, but powerful tool for influencing how a viewer interacts with your work.

I think this series would be stronger if there was a clear narrative flow from image. Of course, that’s not strictly necessary since each image in itself is a story, but I think tying them together in some way that the viewer could intuit would greatly add to the impact of the series. I was also wondering if the two themes (personal life stories and hotel room imaginations) should be separate series.

You may also want to think about initial and final impact. Or in other words, starting and ending with your best images in order to make your viewer want to see more from the start, and leave them with a strong impression at the end.

Thanks so much for sharing your work. I hope this review provides you with some ideas to consider and supports you along a journey of self-criticism and growth. You have an excellent imagination and have created some fascinating scenes here. I look forward to seeing more.

Review “Moments in Time” by LensCulture.