Critique notes

25 June 2020

I have been wrestling with this concept for the past two weeks. I have wanted to ensure that my work meets the definition of a diptych and not a series, etc. I did create a couple, but I created my final image (s) today. This image is successful as it has related material (the vase and flower) but the objects are diffused. The images are darker, painterly and may seem abstract to viewers as the individual entities are portions of bigger objects.


21 June 2020

I spent the last week agonizing over this diptych. This required me to continuously check my ideas against the definition of a proper diptych. One article I read stated that a diptych could have a close up of a detail, or demonstrate a lapse in time, tell a story, or take advantage of an image which had not turned out well.

I was thinking that the diptych creates a relationship between to images. Two images next to one another could suggest a simile- as if one thing is like another, or a metaphor- that an image is the thing it is compared to. Two images could also contrast ( like night and day). Below I will list a few examples I created, and my final selection.

The barn in the morning sun
Lupine flash

14 June 2020

I joined a NORDPhotography crit group to give myself structure to my self-study during this next year (Intermittence from the Photography MA at Falmouth University. NORDPhotography is a workshop in northern Norway and this crit group is run by the founder and CEO, Elizabeth Aanes.

My first assignment was the diptych. Diptych are challenging and are made up of two images which, together, create something new. I learned that it’s not a series, making this challenge difficult. As I joined with only a couple of days before the first meeting, I used images I already had.

In the kitchen at MYOP, Arles.

I choose this because it is clearly two parts which make a whole. The image is connected in the middle (two tables), which helps this create a bigger whole. It is somewhat comic as the young man’s face is dramatically tired. The feedback I received was that it seemed to work and was funny. I did notice that Elisabeth is very direct, so if the image required more work I would have been told.