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    Some questions to ask yourself about your work by Photolucida pre-screening panelist Joni Kabana:

    What were you thinking when you came up with this concept? Did you clearly state this in your artist statement?
    If you’ve seen it before, are these images similar?
    Does your work look strikingly like (blatantly derivative of) someone else’s work that you admire?
    What are you really trying to tell your audience?
    Do all photos form a song?
    Do any of the images feel insincere?
    Who is more prominently in focus: your content or your self?
    How are these photos surprising?
    Is your artist statement descriptive, and not overbearing or self-righteous?
    How is your point of view different from others we have seen?
    Did you take risks with the subject matter, execution of imagery, post processing?
    Does one weak image take the others down?
    Even though you captured important subject matter (cancer, crime, death), are the images interesting and different?
    Have you gone too far just to be considered “different”?
    Is the group of images cohesive?
    Is the group of images repetitive?
    Have you told anyone to blankly stare into the lens?
    Are you trying too hard to solicit emotions from the viewer?
    Were you engaged with your subject matter? How so?
    Are you trying to please someone?
    Have you taken a photo of a photo (or painting, or design) and if so, how have you made this your own image?
    Do the images tell us something without having to read the artist statement?

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