The cool thing about this competition was that they published a bunch of the juror's comments. I didn't win, but I was lucky enough to be the winner of the Viewer's (or entrants' choice) Award. Which was humbling in it's own right, since it was from peers and other artists.
The most recent issue of Canteen Magazine came out with more comments by the jurors... below is one about me... needless to say some folks get my work and enjoy it, but a whole other bunch do not. Since I dropped out of school in 10th grade, I needed a Dictionary twice to understand what this dude was saying, I guess it makes sense he's not a fan.
The results of the Entrants' Choice poll, in which contest participants voted for their favorite submissions, revealed an overwhelming preference for pictures of staged tableaux. The majority of the vote getters, along with the clear winner—Aaron Hobson—relied on staged constructions. In general, I think we treated staged photography pejoratively* (one of the words I had to look up... meaning to disparage or belittle). In the case of Aaron Hobson, the work, to me, read too much like either high-concept summer movie or a retreating of on-the-road clichés.
Perhaps the wide, cinematic shape of the frame is an unnecessary gimmick; the pictures become film stills from nonexistent but familiar narratives, not originally authored works that imply or develop a narrative we've never seen before. Considering the vertiginous* (second word I had to look up... it means inclined to frequent and often pointless change) catalogue of images that already exists, why not look for new stories to tell?