These photos were done for an assignment in my Color Technique class. They were shot with medium-format film, printed in the darkroom, and haven’t seen any editing software other than to straighten them from the scanner. I was happy with the series, and very happy with some of the shots as individuals that weren’t included for the project.
When I got my grade back though, and I talked to my professor about them, I was told they still come across as “student work.” Ouch. Looking at them now, I can see what she meant. What I still don’t quite get though, is how to get past that. I’m not quite sure what I’m reaching for so that my work doesn’t look like a student’s. I can tell the difference, but I can’t describe it, and I haven’t found anyone who can tell me.
Since I heard that, I’ve felt stuck and frustrated and jealous and uninspired. It seems like everyone around me though is doing the opposite. I keep reading and seeing and hearing things that are pushing me to work harder and do this or that to succeed. So I’m motivated, I want this more than ever, and I’m becoming focused on what it is that I want exactly.
I’ve been really stuck and uninspired as to how to get there. It’s been driving me crazy: shoot more, network more, simplify, focus on one thing at a time, keep shooting more, research, look at other work, spend less time looking at other work, read, plan, act now, do something, do anything.
Yeah, I’m working on it.
Posted by Contributor Brittany
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