Iggy wrote:I suddenly remembered that we hadn't watched Master of Photography because of the SLF competition on Tuesday.
I managed to see this on Tuesday by joining the SLF PDI Zoom meeting during an advert break and leaving my camera turned off. The programme finished around five minutes before the competition began.
I was amused because the previous week the judges had castigated Laura for not being "fully committed" since she had been partly clothed when when she included herself as a figure study in her landscape image. Seemingly taking the advice, this week she stripped off completely and brought the camera closer. One of the resulting images is really striking and features in the opening titles of the show. The judges duly eliminated her. To be fair, she had failed to fulfil the brief and had shown us nothing of her home or local area, although that was never really stated.
For a while, instead, the show's editors made it appear that Rupert was for the chop due to his "ordinary" images. Rut Blees Luxemburg made a comment that he had shown her nothing that informed why he had chosen to become a soldier. There are any number of reasons why people take up that profession, of course. I am strugging to imagine how many of them could be conveyed in a photograph, especially in the context of the episode's theme of "Home Sweet Home". Yet he had shown us himself in domestic surroundings with his family and in his uniform at the top of Buck House. There are two good reasons right there, defence of what we love and for Queen and country.
From my earlier comments, it will be obvious that I am no great fan of Rut Blees Luxemburg's work and I know that I am far from alone in that view. I once saw her present the last session at a seminar which was remarkable for two things. The blandness of the images and the sheer number of people who chose to leave early during her talk. The auditorium was quite empty by the time she had finished. To the extent that at the end the person chairing proceedings felt compelled to say that some people had apologised to him beforehand for not being able to stay. Perhaps a few had, but I suspect not as many who suddenly realised they had something better to do.
In the introduction to her talk, one of her recent "successes" was touted as the selection of her images to adorn a London Underground station. Given that a primary concern at such a location is ensuring a good flow of people passing through, her unremarkable imagery probably fitted the bill perfectly. The last thing they would have wanted is anyone stopping to stare.
I would turn RBL's question around. What is it in her work which demonstrates why she wanted to become a photographer?