I entered 9 images from Concupiscence into the LensCulture Art Photography Awards 2018 and as a part of the fee the work is reviewed by an (anonymous) independent reviewer. Here is a copy of the review followed by the images I submitted; needless to say I was quietly very pleased with the reaction the work produced :- Dear Chris,
Thank you for your submission to LensCulture! I have spent some time with your work and hope you find my comments helpful. My process is to review the images and note my reactions and try to glean meaning from the series. I then read the artist statement and review the series again to gauge whether the statement adds/supports the work.
I was delighted when I opened your submission. I found the series highly accomplished—technically, formally and conceptually. I found my eye seduced by the skilled formal quality of your images, the abstraction/fragmentation of the body parts creates a door for me to approach the work and linger for the beauty and study of the male body. I found myself thinking of John Coplans’ self-portraits—not only for the focus on the male body, but the sense of the photographer’s journey within the work. The series flows with coherence and every image adds something new. Congratulations, this is a terrific series!!! I could easily envision the series within a gallery or a publication.
The title perfectly captures the sense of the series and aids the viewer to approach the work. I actually preferred the sub-title as it piqued my interest and was more open ended than the declarative “Concupiscence”, but ardent longing is indeed communicated in the work. I found the statement articulate, but I suggest removing the last line with the series of hashtags. I found myself wishing that the statement revealed a little bit more about yourself and your process. I also wondered about the size of the final print.
It’s truly been a pleasure to spend time with your work. I think the subject is extremely valid and worthy of continued investigation. I wish you much success and will include a few references that you might find useful in the dissemination of the work.