Douglas Stinson is our judge for December 2017
Doug has been pursuing photography seriously for over 40 years, starting as a contributor to his local newspaper while in high school. He is a member of the Photographic Society of America, the Fremont Photographic Society and the Fremont Art Association. His photographs have won award at the local and regional level and he has taught introductory photography classes. In addition to his interest in the aesthetic aspects of photography he brings with him knowledge of the technical aspects of digital photography and image analysis from his years working for The Eastman Kodak Company and Hewlett Packard.
I propose that a better name for our species is Homo imago consors – the image makers. Humans have been creating images, for no other purpose but to share experiences, for at least 30,000 years. It may be the one thing that truly distinguishes us from other species. The only thing that matters in a photograph is the impact it has on the viewer. If your image has as great an impact as a Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc cave drawing, you have a great photograph. If a judge can help you achieve that by assisting you in developing your technique, he or she has done their job.