Photo Competition with Charles Ginsburgh
Categories: Pictorial, Journalism, Creative, Nature, Critique/Feedback
Who is Charlie Ginsburgh (firstname.lastname@example.org), I am a 65 plus part-time artist, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am a retired Research Biochemist, spending my career in the creation and support of Medical Diagnostic tests (the things Doctors and Labs use when they “run tests”). However, in my spare time I designed and created Stained Glass panels. Since normally I give away most of my works, in 2011 I chose to generate a catalog to demonstrate my works to others, and this led me into photography. I have been pressing that shutter button ever since.
What do I look for in images? When it comes to any art form, where there is no right or wrong, how can we judge the value of such submissions? The answer is that we cannot, and my comments are not intended as a value statement. Rather, in my view, we can only offer our comments upon how effective an image is in conveying the maker’s vision.
To me, every image attempts to portray the maker’s vision or story. It is the reason that they pressed the shutter button. It need not be a narrative story but rather an emotional expression or a simple expression of interest. Whatever the story (simple, complex and/or emotional), the goal of the photographer is to poetry that vision within the image. It’s my role to communicate the vision as I see it and to comment upon how effective or ineffective the use of internal elements within the image are in the communication of that vision.
In my personal photography I find that I am attracted to “making the common-place, uncommon” in the world around me and especially in nature within the macro world. I can be in a group of people overlooking a truly magnificent panoramic vista, and darn if I am not most-interested in the little weedy flower-thing nearly buried in the dust at my feet. Macro Photography allows me to express myself in this regard by allowing me to show you things you have already seen, in a way that you may not have experienced before. Examples of my images can be found within my personal site at charlie-g.sumgmug.com.