Members Interactive Evening – “Let Me Be The Judge Of That”
Last Wednesday saw the Club hosting a Members’ Interactive Evening – “Let Me Be The Judge Of That”. The object of the evening was to give members a chance to play photographic judge by examining each other’s images, giving a critique, and then awarding points. The audience was then invited to comment on the “judges” appraisal. As you can imagine the views were pretty diverse, everybody having a separate opinion as to what makes a good photograph. Some members adapted to this role better than others but the overall result led to a highly informative and enjoyable evening.
One of the lessons that was hammered home to everyone was the vast difference between what the judge sees close up, and what the audience sees from a distance. Distance can make a photograph look better or worse, whilst close up there is no hiding place for mistakes. Another point that became apparent, at least for me, was that judging a photograph technically was very much easier that judging it empathetically. It is my belief that the second point is what makes a good judge.
The best judge of a photograph is the photographer him/herself. If the photographer is happy then there is no more to be said. If you decide to enter your photograph into a competition, however, you are effectively saying please judge this image against others and make a comment. We may not always like what we hear. I for one will try to be a bit more understanding of photographic judges from here on.
The Club was very pleased to present Mike Hughes with the Beaton Cup (Club Class) for his winning image “Churchyard Artist” in the 2nd Round of the Print League – “Within the Churchyard”. If you remember Mike was in Australia and not available for a photograph or to accept his cup on the night.
Our next competition is a print panels competition – “The Len Clarke Memorial Trophy” with an open theme. This will be held on Wednesday, 28th February. The Judge will be Tim West FRPS.
Article and Photographs by Richard Corkrey. – 16/02/2018