Critique Style Requested: Initial Reaction
Please share your immediate response to the image before reading the photographer’s intent (obscured text below) or other comments. The photographer seeks a genuinely unbiased first impression.
At first I decided to post this photo because I’m struggling which orientation to pick, but then I thought that it would of course also be interesting and useful to hear your honest (and brutal, if that’s what it invokes in you) initial reaction to this photo. Any deeper and perhaps second thoughts are of course also most welcome.
Please leave your feedback before viewing the blurred information below, once you have replied, click to reveal the text and see if your assessment aligns with the photographer. Remember, this if for their benefit to learn what your unbiased reaction is.
This photo is a part of a series of photos that I’ve been working with on and off for a few years. A major reason that it’s taken so long to reach a “final state” is that was my first deeper and more conscious journey into the abstract side of photography and I just needed some time to find my “voice” in the genre. It feels like all previous abstract endeavours (and there has been quite a few) were only playful experiments to find my bearings.
The subject, as so many times in the past 5-7 years of my journey, is water and it’s a candidate for an exhibition I might put together so it might also pop up in the projects section a little further down the road.
Apart from looking for your preferred orientation of the photo and perhaps an analysis of why, I’m looking for any feedback you might have to offer, with the order of importance to me being:
Would you say that it’s “portfolio worthy” or is it just uninteresting and weird? Any feedback is welcome feedback.
One thing that I almost always struggle with in my abstract photography is what tones to give the photos and how far I should stretch reality. While I rarely make local colour adjustments (instead setting them with the overall white balance), this series have been an exception.
Do you find the choices I’ve made here pleasing? Are they over the top?