Weekly Post Challenge: “Minimalist”
Yes, it’s been months since I’ve posted anything on this blog. I’ve been up to my neck in a creativity and art marketing explosion, and while it’s still going on I thought that I’d pop my head up just to say hello and thank everyone who wrote me asking how Kim and I are doing. I greatly appreciate all of your concern and interest. Thank you all so much for hanging in there.
So, here’s what I’m going to do. While I continue to be busy puttering around, I’m going to leave this post up so that you can enjoy an opportunity to be the art jury of two of my most recent street shots that fit into WordPress’ minimalist photo non-challenge; a matter that is near and dear to my heart. Which one does everyone prefer the most?
Judge them by whatever standards you want. BE CRITICAL! Tell me what you like and don’t like, and certainly ask me questions if you feel you need to know something before making your decision (I may not be posting much for a while but believe me I am fully engaged with my e-mail these days)! I will; however, offer my own evaluation criteria for your use. For many years, this is how I have been assessing all of my art, and sometimes others’, whether it’s a painting, drawing, photo or whatever. Please excuse me if my explanation seems too involved.
It is assumed that all images have reasonable artistic value, therefore; in giving the benefit of the doubt an image is automatically given a score of 3 points (I try to make images that earn a perfect 10, and I have never succeeded – it is not a simple task – although I may like my work, I am still highly critical of it). It is the careful and strict consideration of the pros and cons of the image that will determine if those initial points are kept or lost. Each pro is worth 1 point just as each con is a 1 point deduction. While pros are always counted at 3 points or more, cons are only subtracted at 3 or less points (e.g., if an image earns points for unique style but hadn’t acquired points for impact or originality, then its score increases from 3 to 4, not from 3 to 1; however, if the image had not received any points above the initial 3, then its score would decrease to 1).
• Criteria – Impact (worth 1 point):
Pro – the image makes an impact (usually and preferably an emotional one); creates a strong first impression that holds the attention of the viewer regardless if the image is pleasing (e.g., the Mona Lisa) or disturbing and controversial (e.g., a starving child in Sudan).
Con – the image has little or no impact or imagination.
• Criteria – Originality (worth 1 point):
Pro – the image shows originality, causing the observer to feel certain that they’ve never seen anything like it before. Such uniqueness comes as a result of the photographer, illustrator or designer thinking creatively while using as much technical skill as they can muster. This may include drawing upon inspiration from other art or phenomena but even better when the artist draws solely from one’s own imagination.
Con – the image is not necessarily an original one, causing the observer to feel as though they’ve seen something similar to it before. Although relying on as much technical skill as they could muster, the photographer, illustrator or designer did not truly think creatively enough. He/she were either too inspired by other art or phenomena or unfortunately had the same idea as someone else.
• Criteria – Unique Style (worth 1 point):
Pro – the image shows an individual style; a look that sets the work of the creator apart from those of others, even if all the artists of reference produce work in the same movement or genre (e.g., all fantasy art by Boris Vallejo has a look that differs from all fantasy art produced by Chris Achilleos but it is still clear that both artists are producing fantasy art).
Con – the image doesn’t really show an individual style; it’s too similar to those of others.
• Criteria – Composition (worth 1 point):
Pro – the image is well composed. The subject and all other elements are illustrated, photographed or designed in a way that ensures a harmony between each other (e.g., complimentary colour hues or an attractive range of black, white and grey tones are selected; colours or tones are placed to be in stark contrast to each other or to appear soft; proper exposure or obviously intentional over/underexposure is applied; sharp focus or obviously intentional blurriness is applied; portrait or field cropping is used to perpetuate a certain feeling; the subject fills a sufficient amount of the image area between the edges of the illustration or photograph, and the subject is rendered to dominate the image even if it appears small amongst bigger, broader or more vibrant features, a good choice or acceptance of an incidental camera angle; an excellent selection of modelling figure or object, etc.).
Con – the image is poorly composed. The subject and all other elements are illustrated, photographed or designed in a way that fails to create harmony between each other.
• Criteria – Lighting (worth 1 point):
Pro – the image shows excellent use of natural, studio or illustrated lighting which reinforces the impact, originality, individual style and composition. The image accurately interprets or communicates the established or sought connotation, message, theme or relationship.
Con – the image shows poor to average use of natural, studio or illustrated lighting which fails to create impact, originality, individual style or admirable composition.
• Criteria – Statement Making (worth 1 point):
Pro – the image accurately interprets or communicates the established or sought connotation, message, theme or relationship.
Con – the image is not relevant to the established connotation, message, theme or relationship.
• Criteria – Risk Management (worth 1 BONUS point):
Pro – The image shows that the artist has taken a risk of some magnitude (major, mediocre, minor) in order to compose the image and/or communicate the connotation, message, theme or relationship to the observer. Taking a risk is strictly a bonus in artistry. Not every great image is made through risk taking, and some images are worthless due to too large of a risk being taken. The image created through effective risk management, nevertheless, is guaranteed to be outstanding.
Con – Non-applicable.
• Below average: “0” to “3”
• Average: “4” or “5”
• Above average: “6” or “7”
• Outstanding: “8″ or “9”
• “Perfect 10″
The first shot has a working title of “The Mystery”. That name could be changed, perhaps depending on the feedback I get. The untitled image was made second after “The Mystery”. I’d really like to hear everyone’s thoughts on a possible name.
The one, and only one, that ticks the most boxes for the majority of respondents will be included in Hammer Home. I think they’re pretty even, so I don’t expect the draw to be made easily. In any case, let’s have fun with this.