Providing our own critique of work we created is often a questionable undertaking for we are all subjectively attached to our own creative processes and history of that creative evolution. We may like something in particular because of the manner it which it was created! When, who, where, what and how it all came to be can be a major contributing factor. I see that some people here on ArtWanted.com have 100's of images and I wonder does that serve people better or worse?
When I use to carry my commercial photography portfolio around to Art Directors at advertising agencies, graphic design firms and to consumer and trade magazines publishers in Toronto and Vancouver 1985 to 1997, I often tailored that presentaion specific to the client or prospective client I was about to see.
My head spins at how the creative world has changed over the past twenty years. I use to marvel at some of my favorite shutter bugs of old like Edward Weston and Ansell Adams. Photographers like Deborah Samuel, Edward Gajdel, Shin Sugino and Art Wolfe of more recent years always captured my interests and were outstanding Artists Photographers requiring no Art Direction from anyone!
I think there may be great value in setting a limit on the total number of images that any member can show. It forces them to do two things! Choose the best of their work and second reduces the time for others to sift through their many creations. Would 50, 75 or 100 images maximum be considered appropriate? You would be amazed as to how a few marginal images can water down a great portfolio or body of work. If you need to edit down, request that two other people whose work you respect provide input when Less Is More!
Brian Wolfgang Becker