“Grundberg also identifies another type of criticism as ‘connoisseurship’, which he rejects as severely limited. The connoisseur, of wine or photographs, asks ‘Is this good or bad?’ and makes a proclamation based on his or her particular taste. This kind of criticism…is extremely limited in scope because the judgements it yields are usually proclaimed without supporting reasons or the benefit of explicit criteria, and thus they are neither very informative nor useful. Statements based on taste are simply too idiosyncratic to be worth disputing.”
— Terry Barrett, Criticizing Photographs
“Children and young people involved in the arts should:
1) have a sense of ownership and control in the process;
2) have a sense of possibility, transformation and change – that the process is not closed with pre-planned outcomes;
3) feel safe in the process, and know that no matter what they do, they will not be exposed to ridicule, relentless testing, or the fear of being wrong;”
New Directions for Disphotic
In the very near future I will be relaunching the Disphotic photography blog.
In preparation for this I also will be changing the direction of the Disphotic Tumblr. It will cease to be somewhere I regularly post my own photos and instead it will return to being a place for me to post interesting snippets of text and links to Disphotic’s articles when they appear on the main site. This might mean more infrequent updates here, but hopefully in the long run it will mean much better and more consistent content.
Thanks for all your support, likes and reblogs to date, here’s to an exciting future for Disphotic!