Singles Category, Magnum Photography Awards 2016
I was pleased to receive a review on the images I entered in the Magnum Photography Awards. Although this was 2016 I’m just getting around to actually creating a solid foundation and putting my work out there in a congruent format to come across as a photographer who has potential.
I appreciated how up close and personal these photographs are. This gives the work an immediacy, where we connect with the subjects much quicker.
In the singles category the singular image needs to have a multiple access points in order to succeed. Meaning, the image needs to suggest narrative, and engage a viewer in a way that has them questioning the life of the sitter, or history of the place, etc.
With this in mind, I found these images were very successful shots that would best suit fashion and commercial applications. The pose and gesture of images 4 and 5 is classic modeling.
It could be beneficial to look at past portraiture winners in the Lensculture archives. This would be a great way to see what jurors in this particular forum are looking for, what they see as being exceptional or unique.
Technically your images are beautiful, and you have a strength with composition. For future fine art competitions, I suggest experimenting more with posing the models, and also alternative ways they can engage the camera in order to reveal a more unique portrait.