Helen has been judging for a number of years and has a good reputation as a judge among the clubs she has visited.
Below is her list of questions used to guide interpretation of images. Jelen presented this list at a guided critique session in the club in February 2017. At the top of the list is a reminder that all perception of art is subjective and there is no right or wrong. It was a useful session. In Helen’s own words:
“My own view was that the questions did seem to empower people to talk about the images with some authority. My aim was to give people a language to use, and that seemed to work. The fact that I had difficulty finding a spot in the conversation to interrupt and ask the next question indicated that people were really engaged and I was rapt that I couldn’t shut them up at 9.30!”
I hope that this is a useful resource.
All perception of art is subjective. There’s no right or wrong!
- Impact – Does the image have a “wow” factor for you.
- Emotion – Does it make you feel something?
- Story Telling – Does it “take you there”?
- Light – “Photograph” means “light picture” How do the quality, colour and direction of light affect the image?
- Technical Factors. (help to create the above)
- Is your eye drawn to the main subject?
- Does the composition “sit well” for you, or does it disturb you?
- Are there any distractions which draw your eye away from what you want to be looking at
- Focus. Are the “right” parts in focus? Is selective focus used to draw your eye?
- Exposure. Is it over or under exposed? How does that affect the way you perceive the image?
- Presentation. choice of paper, print quality issues such as colour noise, banding, halos, over sharpening can all affect how we perceive the quality of the image.