On the evening of the 11th February it was one of our regular “Informal Critique” nights. Everyone is invited to bring their digital images or prints along on the evening in order to receive a supportive critique in a non-competitive atmosphere. All the competitions run by the club are judged by external judges who come along and deliver some feedback on every image and print but it is always within the context of the relevant competition. This does mean that you need to enter the competition to get feedback, but sometimes we just want to hear what someone thinks of our work and how it can be improved, without worrying about how it compares to others. This evening aimed to do just that.
After the favourable comments from previous evenings we ran such an event we continued with our form of “peer assessment”. Rather than depending a one or two of the club members to give feedback we involved as many people as possible. In the first part the prints were distributed to each table so they could examine and assess them. Then each table’s representative came up to deliver their verdicts. This proved to be highly successful and far more involving with everyone getting chance to try out their critical skills and see that their opinions were as good as anyone else’s! Even with highly regarded offerings people, though appreciating the quality, kept finding things that may improve them.
A similar technique was used with the digital images in that they were displayed and everyone could chip in with their ideas and comments (and laughs) came quite freely. It turned into quite an evening and clearly everyone enjoyed the exercise and got quite a lot from it. Thanks to all who brought their work along.