I am just wanting to say thanks for suggesting that I attend the
open jurying process in Ft. Worth this weekend. It was an invaluable
experience as I was able to meet and talk with a number of experienced
artists and the show director, which I really enjoyed. I also got some
very valuable feedback from the jury.
While I didn't make it past the first round, the jury was kind
enough to comment of my pictures once the jurying was complete. They
highlighted a HUGE mistake that I made (one that you warned me about). The
first comment from the jury was that they didn't think that astro-photography
was really art (or something to that effect). Basically they all thought
my pictures were photographs. One of the jurors stated that he thought for
a second that I had downloaded the pictures from the NASA site. You
specifically warned me about that and I thought I had addressed it in my
artist statement. After talking about it for a few minutes they
recommended that I add the verbiage "not photography" to my statement.
Once the jury understood that the pictures were original art, they made
some positive comments about the pictures. One of the five jurors who
missed the first day told me that she would have voted that I get in if
she had been there.
They also made a number of really good suggestions as to how I can
take the pictures to a higher level. First, one of the jurors told me that
I should add more emotion to the pictures and explore less straight
forward angles. Another juror told me that the image which was wide and short
in panoramic format didn't seem to mesh well with the other three They
thought it would be better if there was more uniformity among the five
pictures. They also pointed out (as you did) that the panoramic image was
too small which made it very hard to make out all of the detail.
Basically observing the process has highlighted many things that I