For years, I was a member of a group I started that was called the Monday Night Group. The group met every other Monday night to review new work. It was a great thing for me. When I was participating, I got a lot of great feedback about prints – lots of suggestions about how to fine tune individual prints.
That is, individual prints were the focus of the group, and the focus of the feedback. That’s a good thing, but in the time since I stopped attending the Monday Night Group, my interests have drifted somewhat. I’m still interested in prints, but but my focus has shifted from singular to plural. That is, I’m interested in bodies of work that extend beyond single prints. Collections of prints, sequences of prints, groups of prints.
In that usual synchronistic way that things work, as I was thinking about this, I got to have lunch with a friend of mine, who’s been pondering what he’s been getting out of his participation in a print review group. And it turns out that he, too, is more interested in feedback at the project level rather than feedback at the print level.
So I’ve been spending time lately thinking about ways to get feedback at the project level. Another review group, with periodic meetings? Maybe it’s the case that it’s not quite so important to get to view prints, and more important to view the sequences and thus it might be done online. There are a number of photographers whose work I follow online, and it does seem like that’s not an unreasonable way to get a feel for a body of work as it slowly evolves over time.
There’s a lot to think about there. But I really want feedback at a higher level than prints. I want it a lot.