Inspire Critiques: Amy Deputy & David Murray

In this series of blog posts we are introducing the faculty at Inspire 2015. Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Deputy and David Murray who will be conducting an experiential workshop of critiques. DAY 2 - INSPIRE PHOTO SEMINARDAY 2 - INSPIRE PHOTO SEMINAR

Sometimes we just need a little reminder to notice the luminous.

Sometimes we need encouragement to remember to no tice a small noble act.

Sometimes the line between what to keep and what to delete blur.

Sometimes we need to awaken  to the sublime delicacy of nuance and metaphor.

Sometimes we need a review of our work, to be seen, to be heard, to be celebrated.

A photographer’s path is a solitary journey devoted to noticing. Each day we are given the opportunity to elevate ourselves and thus, our craft. The photographic process, in this sense, serves as one of life’s great teachers. Depth, appreciation, detachment, expectation, confidence, disappointment, curiosity and resiliency are some of the lessons she demands we learn. We create hundreds of thousands of images from our most intimate place, our inner landscape. This attention is then transformed into a universally understood tangible silent dialogue. The photograph is the symbol of our attention, our shared humanity, our perfect imperfections.

Photography drives us toward each other. We may want to share our experience of being fully alive, offer social commentary or record that delicate moment whose meaning is beyond literal interpretation. We share so others can feel what we felt, images that touch the heart, create connection and enable the creator and viewer to share an experience collectively. All of this we do by sharing the story of others which is, the unfolding story of ourself.

We create solo. We edit solo. We want to share what we’ve seen, how we’ve seen, and why we’ve seen. We gather our best work. We need to pay the bills.

And then we get tangled up in selecting images that best represent what we see. We make decisions of our work based on style du jour, the client, the publication, the blog, the social media, comparison to others, what’s cute, what sells, on and on. And sometimes we get so busy doing... our voice, our vision, our purpose…can get lost in the noise. Sometimes it becomes difficult to objectively distinguish between an effective and ineffective image. We may not see our brilliance in a seemingly simple photograph. Our judgement may be clouded by our emotional attachment or personal story about an image.

Three photographic practices can offer a foundation for optimal editing and effective storytelling: light, moment composition. This simple photo trinity is, in general, what elevates an image from snapshot to lush visual feast. Exploring these principles can help with editing existing images and shooting new work.

1. Moment Moment is the trump card.  If a moment speaks in universal terms, it guides us toward recognizing ourselves in each other. When an image offers the viewer the opportunity to lean into what matters, then all sorts of possibilites are fostered. Hint: With love as subject and motive even the most difficult subjects are embed with dignity and compassion.

2.Light The first part of the word photograph photo, derives from the Greek word light.  Highlights are an important element in an image as we can direct the viewer’s eye toward toward content. The eye will always go to the lightest part of any photograph. Hint: Learning to see light and create it is essential.

3. Composition Composition allows us to express our particular soup of perception. Hint: Thoughtful use of it surprises, delights, confronts and pleases.

Come be appreciated wherever you are on the spectrum and and take home skills to help you assess and appreciate your path and your work.

This experiential workshop is for photographers who wish to receive public comment on their work. Participants will submit their website and/or blog, complete a questionnaire and send up to 20 images on or before 1/26.  Each participant will receive 10-15 minutes of two on one image review.


Silent observers welcomed! Discussion limited to instructors and participants.

Amy Deputy

David Murray