Text and images by Sora Woo.
Today we had individual critiques. For Individual critiques, everyone signs up for their own time slot and talks about their themes, work and ideas one-on-one with Abby. My critique was at 10am. I was barely half awake when I walked into Abby’s room, but by the time I walked out of Abby’s room I felt I had learned a lot. I feel I am learning a lot through this abroad program, not only technically but also by having the chance to learn about various artists, their work, and even by visiting galleries.
During the critique we went over my 54 works and picked some of the stronger images. Abby and I talked about why I like to take photos of elderly people and how other people feel when they see my work. The best part was that after the critique Abby sent emails to all the students individually including information on artists that we should look at to help us inform our work. When my critique was over, I went back to my room and tried to organize my best images into a new order. I did this because after the critique I felt that I could better communicate my ideas by changing the flow of the photos.
After my critique, but before the critiques of some of the other students, we were all hanging out at Patricia and Nova’s apartment on the 23rd floor. Most people had their images with them because they had either come directly from their critique or were getting ready for their critique. We were all going over everybody’s work together because everyone had more new work since the last class on Monday. I was a little surprised how all seven people were excited to see each other’s work and that we actually gathered around and went over each person’s work even though it was not a class.
Everyone who came back from the critique said that the critique was very helpful. They were all happy that they had time to show their work and get advice from Abby individually.