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Feb 3rd, 2018 at 10:47am
 
This is to my fellow turners who do art shows. When you photograph your work for submission do you shoot individual pieces or do you group items.  What I mean is one bowl vs 3 bowls in one picture.  I have always done one item per photo.  (I did do a group shot of seam rippers, rolling pin, spatula, needle case for one art show - which I didn't get accepted)

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Re: Art Show Application Photos
Reply #1 - Feb 3rd, 2018 at 12:24pm
 
As always, it depends.
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If it is to be judged for acceptance, than one item per photo. You want undivided attention on that singular piece, not mixed in with others items even if they're similar.
If the items are part of a collection or set (not just several similar items) then you can/should group them as such.
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Reply #2 - Feb 5th, 2018 at 6:47pm
 
Thanks Ed.  That's what I thought.  A photo of multiple pieces would be acceptable if it was a set of nested bowls.
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Re: Art Show Application Photos
Reply #3 - Feb 6th, 2018 at 10:43pm
 
Ditto what Ed said.  Most of mine are single items.  However, I used a couple of photos that have had groupings of three.  It is interesting I did a mock jury in St. Louis awhile back and had one of these photos in my submission.  The jurors felt it was best not to show all three even when they were in a group/set.  The only exception might be a nested set of bowls. 

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Reply #4 - Feb 7th, 2018 at 10:28am
 
Nested (cored) bowls is one example but also items that we 'typically" think of as being a set.
Candlesticks, table sets like salt & pepper grinders, cup & saucer, that sort of thing. Items that "belong" to a group that might not tell the complete story if viewed separately.
When you photograph an item properly, there should be no need for additional explanation. You may not (probably not) be there when the photo is viewed, it needs to speak for itself.
Have someone neutral view your photo without prior knowledge of the item, if their comments are along the lines of, "nice work" or "looks good", that's what you want..
If there comments are in the form of a question, "is there another one"? or "are these supposed to match"? then you probably have some work to do.
If you find yourself wanting to explain the photo,
"this is really part of a set" "these are the same but not really" or simply trying to get more items into less photos are some examples of what you want to avoid.
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