Fun at the PhotoClub
Last night I attended an evening hosted by the PhotClub here in Ottawa. I went to see an old friend of my family Fred Cattroll who is a very well respected Professional Photographer in Canada. The focus of the evening was just photo critique, by Fred. He critiqued a few shots from all the members of the group.
As the critique progressed I found myself unable to hold back, I really felt like taking part in the critique. I spent the first 4 years of my career as a designer before I moved to the world of development. All of a sudden memories of design in college started creeping back, and realized how disconnected I have been from that process for quite awhile now.
All I do these days, is advise our designers on what the development team needs for certain projects from a technical standpoint, but I have rarely taken time to criticize their design work.
Anyways, in the critique i did end up getting involved, and it was so much fun. People in the group actually started asking me directly as well as Fred how I percieved certain parts of their work. It was so refreshing to get away from the headaches of working for clients for awhile, and just take a breath and enjoy the work of others.
Anyways, it was really fun, and I was thinking of how cool it would be to do a night where I would go in and do a really cool presentation on the power of Flash when it comes to presentation of work on the web. Most of the people in the club have great photography skills, but few really understand the power of the web as a medium.
i think I will attend events like that more often, and it kind of makes me wonder why the same type of events in the local design community have always failed...?