by Tom Lee Published 01/04/2014
Across the finishing line....
One of the most difficult things to do as a print judge (believe it or not) is to fail a print, either in competition or qualification, particularly if the author has put a lot of time and effort into the creation of the artwork.
So why do some of these images fall short of the mark? The reasons are many, however, one reason seems to crop up far too often - finishing and presentation.
I was chosen to adjudicate on one such panel at our recent Convention in London, along with four other judges and failed the panel not because the idea was poor, but due to other aspects of the creative process which were not given as much importance. This can be very unsettling for any judges when they fail a body of work that has had a tremendous amount of time and effort creating it, only to fall at the final hurdle.
Whilst there were several reasons for failing the panel, by far the most obvious was the quality of the finished print. If I was to be very harsh, blame could be landed solely on the author - the ultimate responsibility of the finished work lies with the maker; however, the finishing of the images was undertaken by a trusted lab, so the blame lies partly between the two.
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