Here Come De Judge
copy between the pictures.
I get enough of that everyday here in the shop - Heck, I write the stuff - no need to read it on the weekend.
But back to the photo walk. Rob Masters organised it in Cottesloe a couple of weeks ago and from what I can gather it was enjoyable for the participants. Certainly the weather looked fine in the photos and the participants seem to have had a reasonable variety of scenes to work with.
Their brief was to capture pictures of "water" and "architecture". Having that sort of direction is invaluable for any contest - because it makes the participant concentrate their vision. It is the same as an advertiser sending out a brief for an illustration or an editor sending a photographer out on an assignment - and it means that the contest judge has a form into which he finished image can be set - to see if it complies.
Don't think that makes for cookie-cutter judgements - there are still all the other aspects that can be considered - but it does shear off the wayward sort of photographer who just shoots willy-nilly and serves it up as art. If they ask for water, give 'em water. If you can't find water, make water...
The two winning images were not perfect - and some of the ones that did not win were. But the winners made me want to see more of the architecture and the water at the place - and that is what sells magazines or architecture or water.
Heading image: Melbourne Cricket Ground main stand during the Brisbane floods...