5 things i learned in attending the behance

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5 things i learned in attending the behance held November 2012 at 98b collaboratory in Escolta, Manila, Philippines.

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5 things i learned in attending the behance

  1. 1. 5 t hi ngs I l earned i n at t endi ng t he B ehanc e P l i ppi nes P hi ort f ol i o R evi ew
  2. 2. Behance Portfolio Review November 2012 98b Collaboratory Escolta, Manila
  3. 3. 1) Be humble, be respectful. • Be humble be respectful even if you are the reviewer. And especially if you're the reviewee. • The best thing I liked about the portfolio reviewer for the photography category, Veejay Villafranca, is even though he was way successful. Even though he had won a ton of awards and exhibited around the globe.
  4. 4. • He acknowledged that he only knows so much and kept pointing out that his views might be different from other experts. He kept saying phrases like: “correct me if I'm wrong” and “If I was in your place I would do it this was but it's just me. Humility is one of the marks of a true master. Knowing that even though he knows more he can't possibly know everything.
  5. 5. 2) Discuss. Portfolio reviews is a two way conversation. • I found out that portfolio reviews are not about you talking and presenting about your work. You can do that whole day long at home in front of a mirror or a friend.
  6. 6. • Portfolio reviews are about receiving feedbacks and comments from people who are in the same industry as you are. • It is an opportunity for people more experienced than you to spot your weak points and tell you how you can improve them. It's about spotting what you have missed out or completely not thought about.
  7. 7. 3) Edit tightly. Selection is a process of self-realization and improvement. • One of the points recurringly pointed out by Veejay was photo selection.
  8. 8. • He pointed our that we should be careful about how we select our portfolio pieces. Because they are our voice; they communicate where we intend to go visually, conceptually, and career-wise; they are a passage to our personality.
  9. 9. • We should, as I understood it, step back a little when selecting our portfolio pieces. To remove our emotional attachment to our works or not let them get in the way of objective thinking. Of good decision-making of what needs to be included and what needs to be weeded out. • I suggest to try to think like your ideal audience. That's what I did in my presentation I thought as a gallery owner who want to see a variety of styles that are part of larger series of works.
  10. 10. 4) Have physical prints. • In our time, which is the time of digital photography, very few photographs go out in the printed format. • Veejay pointed out the several advantages of having your photographs printed It was easier to look at. The computer monitor will tire out your eye because it is emitting light. The physical print is more easy on the eyes. Plus you can post your work somewhere you frequent and be able to review and appreciate it more and more whenever you pass by it.
  11. 11. • It was fortunate that I was able to bring some of my 4r prints with me. Veejay showed how he would lay them out if he was the curator for a exhibit of my works.
  12. 12. 5) Seize the opportunity. • Here in the Philippines organized portfolio reviews are very rare (if not almost extinct). That is why it is so important for us creatives to seize opportunities such as these. • We should also be grateful to groups like 98b and organizers like Anjo Bolardo for organizing such events. And we do that by participating, by attending, by giving it a shot.
  13. 13. Seize the opportunity to receive valuable feedback from people who know what they're saying. Seize the opportunity to meet new friends and fellow creative. Seize the opportunity to share,engage, involve people to your ideas and passions. Seize the opportunity to be an ARTIST!

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