I recently judged a photo contest on the PhoozL photography site on the deceptively difficult theme “White”. Here is an excerpt from my judges summary:
“Photography, in essence, is light, on forms, in space. An image may have a lot of white or near white in it, and yet not speak about white at all, if it does not speak about white as light, on forms in space. In this contest, lots of snow, but not much to say about white. A white church, but somehow it doesn’t speak about white. This is perhaps the most subjective contest I have every judged, as I was looking for images that spoke about white to me, that channelled white, that offered an iconic white image; while of course meeting other expectations of interest and composition. And yet, despite a career in color management, I am not exactly sure what makes an image “iconically white.” I’m tempted to quote that U.S. Supreme Court Justice who claimed he didn’t have a definition for pornography, but he knew it when he saw it! By the time I sorted through all the submissions to this contest, I had a bit more objective description of my criteria. And the mantra held: light, on forms, in space.”
Here is the link on Phoozl to read more, to see the winners, and to read the critiques of them. Thanks to Harald Johnson for inviting me to participate in this PhoozL event.