"This body of work is hilarious, poignant, and very odd. I appreciate how you are mixing genres of photography, fashion, portraiture, documentary, etc., in pursuit of your idea.
I have a few comments and suggestions:
This project clearly has a narrative built into it. We are following a journey that begins with the plane crash. The narrative makes sense (in so far as whatever clarity one can take from this quirky body of work). I like that you are not telling us more about the narrative itself in your statement. However, I feel that you need to set the stage a little more for how this project should be viewed. In other words, it feels like a highly conceptual project and without a little more information about your intentions, I am feeling a bit lost. Perhaps you could mention somewhere in your statement or captions how you would exhibit these works. Are they prints? If so, what size? What are they printed on? i.e. digital inkjet on photo rag, or something to that effect. Or, is it a multichannel slideshow? A book? Anything more will help situated the work. Also, if you do this, you will give jurors a better sense of how they can envision this work in their world... and even if you don't win a contest you may get interested curators or galleries to pursue your work.
OR... another approach would be to include a fictitious and outrageous narrative in your statement and/or captions. That could be fun.
I feel that images 6-8 are redundant. I would recommend editing that down to one image.
Also, it appears that you are going for a neutral tone color palette in the body of work. I would go back and work on #2 a little since it feels a bit blue/cyan.
I also recommend considering making a book or zine of these images. There are many on demand publishing websites that could help you produce a really nice publication.
Again Ann, this is a wonderfully odd and fun body of work. I am very interested in seeing how it develops. It was a pleasure to review your images and best of luck!"
So I was wondering what the hell I was going to do with the work as well. I could take the still images and make a video, but I also like the idea of making a little book, maybe along with the Domestic Considerations series. If I did that, then I could take the books with me to Berlin and hand them out to galleries there.
In the meantime, I had the pleasure of shooting some photos for the fabulous Karen Ball for her PortFringe show Madeline Remains. The playwright loved the photos and used them for the poster image. What follows is one of my faves from the shoot.
Not bad, eh? Not like Joyce Tenneson's luminous 20 x 24 Polaroids, but I keep working toward that worthy goal. Click here for a great video about this legendary photographer.
Special thanks to Carol Schiraldi who originally posted about it on Facebook. Check out her work here.