An artist at work…must be two people, not one. He must function and act as two people all the time and in several ways. On the one hand, the artist is the imaginer and the producer. But he is also the critic, and here is a critic of inexorable standards. --The Shape of Content; Ben Shahn over the past few weeks or so a group of people have been meeting in irc to chat; socially and artistically. a subset of that group chose to interact at a higher level and we met on voice software where we could chat real time, real voices, real laughs, real photo talk. each person (last night we had around 7 people or so) on that chat client was eager to put up a photo for the group to ‘critique’. don’t run from that word. the critique is a learning process for all involved, but involvement, rather what it means to be involved, is important to understand in the context of a critique group. one must, as stated above, be open to both your thought processes and those of others, emote , and have a passion to further advance the photographic vision and growth not only for oneself, but for all others in the group. so what do we do? we meet in irc and in the voice chat client. at that point, a person presents an image to the group. each person of the group supplies feedback and, most importantly, the reason behind that feedback. general topics of critique: 1. composition. talk about it. 2. emotional appeal. 3. the message. 4. the color saturation/capture and/or tonal range capture. again, these are generalities. we do go in depth and explore various crops, etc. and the group once again comments on them. if there are people on this forum that would like to participate, we’d love to have you join us. here are the basics to get started: - we meet at 9pm eastern time on wednesday (an attempt to accommodate all time zones). day is subject to change at this point, but will not change from week to week. - you must join the irc channel. details on how to do so (it’s easy): - you need to download the voice client from here: http://www.ventrilo.com/download.php when you arrive in irc, we will give you the server information and password to get in. that’s it. simple. also keep in mind that the irc channel and the voice server are up all the time for you to use. shoot straight, sharp, and have fun. any questions? ask away.