This is Part 2 of my blog on the Format Portfolio Review Event that I attended on 19 and 20 March.  It features the feedback from Reviewers 3 and 4 and includes the references I picked up from all the reviews, and other events I attended during the two days.

Review 3

In the final two reviews I took the opportunity to ask questions and to gain as much feedback as possible.  The reviewer looked first at the black and white Ephemeral Hiddenness of Skye Collection saying that he felt he was able to ‘fall into’ these images and explore and be comfortable.  He said he preferred the more abstract images, such as 4, 6 and 11, as they gave the viewers more opportunity for exploration within and around the image.

Ephemeral Hiddenness 4 – Alison Price, July 2019

Ephemeral Hiddenness 4 – Alison Price, July 2019

Ephemeral Hiddenness 11 – Alison Price, July 2019

He felt that the Among Trees Collection had potential but should have a more consistent colour/tonality.  He encouraged me to experiment with colour to find the right balance.  He suggested I work with strobe lights among the trees, both in daylight and at night, perhaps using movement too.  I might also wish to try intense flashes behind the tree.  I should try using moving still images perhaps using flashing lights similar to the work of John Woodman.

In terms of presentation of my work he suggested that I should try to make the exhibition space immersive.


Review 4

The final reviewers were not based in the UK and had never been to or heard of the Isle of Skye.   This was an opportunity to explain my work in this context.  They said they needed more sense of place and the bigger picture – before they were able to make sense of the detail.  However, when I spoke about my work they were able to understand.  This is an important point, to ensure that I am able to explain my work on paper or through talking to visitors.  They suggested, like the previous reviewer, that sound and video might work well alongside my images.

In terms of presentation, they felt my work could be presented very large format in order to allow the viewer to enter and be inside the space – echoing my intention of interiority.    They felt a traditional frame would take away from the images and would not provide them with the space they deserve.  They encouraged me to continue with both colour and black and white work, saying that Among Trees needed to be presented in colour.


References/Links to follow up

The links, photographers and work below are references provided by reviewers as well as some I picked up from the Format plenary sessions in between my reviews.

John Blackmore photographer

Chen Ziaoyi photographer

Matthew Genitempo photographer

David Goldblatt photographer

Sonia Levesque – Nia Noir

Sammie Masters-Hopkins photographer

Aaron Siskind photographer 

Jem Southam – The Painter’s Pool

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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