Coffee and Critique
After giving up my studio in the Torpedo Factory, I was looking for a photo community that would consume less time than my previous venture. One that would be sophisticated, and that I could join even though I'm going to stay here for another year only.
One of the more active communities in the D.C. area seems to be Photoworks, which is located in the old Glen Echo Amusement Park, just outside of Washington, D.C. Photoworks is a community of photo enthusiasts that do exhibitions and trainings. They are led by Karen Keating, who is also a member of the Multiple Exposures Gallery in the Torpedo Factory.
They have an instrument called "Coffee and Critique" that takes place once per month on a Sunday morning. C & C allows you to bring photos to a critique session led by a Photoworks faculty member and become part of a lively conversation about your and the other photographer's work. The event is free and Coffee and bagels are provided. Nice.
I have attended twice and found it very enjoyable so far. Folks were friendly and knowledgeable and it was a pretty good way to get feedback on my work and to meet others who are passionate about photography. The work I have seen so far was centered around the Fine Art Genre, but that's by no means a strict requirement.
Last Sunday, I introduced one of my ongoing projects, a long-term photo documentary about a patient with a terminal disease:
You see some of the community members gathering around the table and discussing the images.
My presentation was well received and I got thoughtful comments. It's a huge project that keeps me busy, but one that is not yet ready for publication. I'm playing with the idea of creating a book out of it. Maybe I'll publish parts of it before, but I'm not sure. There's a lot of work ahead and Photoworks was a good way to show an excerpt to a number of skillful fellows.
Thanks to Karen for making this possible.