Pixelated Landscape, San Jose, CA
Pay attention to the critique. Read the comments and figure out how to edit your writing so it makes sense. If you have to rewrite everything because there is no connection between your photographs and your writing accept the critique. You rewrite; every word if necessary. It’s part of the process of creating the statement. Failure and rejection are an important part of creating art.
With these suggestions you will have to edit, revise, cut, add, clarify or maybe even start all over again. My editing process has its own hierarchy. At first, I edit paragraphs, then I edit sentences. When I get down to the point where I am sweating over words, I know I am nearly ready.
When you think it’s ready, let the document rest for a bit. After the statement has rested, go over it one more time and re-submit your version of the final document to your friend for review. That last cycle is to cover any errors that make have crept into the last revision.
Once you get the statement back, proofread. Do not rely on software for this task. I had a funny/embarrassing experience once and learned my lesson. After the proofreading, it’s ready to be included in your project.
That’s all there is to it, he says with a sly grin. Didn’t say it would be easy, didn’t say it would be quick, but this is generally the route my statement writing takes. You might try this path and make it fit your own process.
Usually I have to struggle with words to get a statement to make sense with the selected images. Sometimes, your statement can be written in fifteen minutes if your thoughts, words and images come together quickly. It’s only happened to me one time. The project is called A Gift of Light. No one was more surprised than me to have the whole project (start to finish, pictures and text) completed in about an hour.