I am back from Photo Lucida. It is the most successful review event I have attended in my decade of putting myself through these meat grinder critique marathons. I have a commitment for a show, and, probably, a photo editor for the book project. Here is what I learned about my work:
The contra dance project has legs. But I need to cast my net wider to give it more context. Whether I throw the net into my archive, or back out in the field, I have yet to determine.
It is useful to be working in an arena untrodden by others. Nobody’s looking at what I’m looking at, subject-wise. Even though I am shooting in a style not unfamiliar to any decent editorial photographer, I would not have gotten this degree of attention if I had continued to show my brushy landscapes or my European panoramic silver prints.
Other opinions count. But they shouldn’t account for everything. No decision I make based on this intense look at my work should be considered firm until it has settled in my thinking for a few weeks.