A little time ago, but worth mentioning was my participation in the »Online Editing Challenge«. This event, organised by the DFA (»Deutsche Fotografische Akademie«/ »German Photographic Academy«) and presented live on Facebook (29 October 2020) was part of their online special »Fotodialoge« in cooperation with the »Darmstadt Days of Photography« (https://dtdf.de) and »dieMotive« (https://diemotive.de) (‘FOTODIALOGE | 26. – 31.10.20 – Deutsche Fotografische Akademie’ 2020).
The other players besides me were:
- Ute Noll (https://unoartspace.com), she is a jury member of the »Merck-Prize for Photography« like me. Also, she owns a gallery in Stuttgart and works as the photo-editor of »DU«-magazine.
- Wolfgang Zurborn from Cologne (http://www.wolfgangzurborn.de). He is a member of the DFA, a photographer and teacher. His speciality is editing photo books.
In the run-up, we received 100 images from Wolfgang Gscheidle’s (https://www.instagram.com/wolfgang_from_stuttgart) project »Auf der Suche nach der schwäbischen Kehrwoche« (»In search of the Swabian sweeping week«). The task was to produce an edit of the series and present and discuss this in the live event.
A short excursus for explanation: »Kehrwoche« describes the cleaning activities of pavement and staircases in a block of flats. The term is often cited as »highly characteristic of Swabian and Wuerttemberg« and »often seen as their pettifogging obsession with order« (‘Kehrwoche’ 2019).
Back to the edit: I started to sort the images into groups, something I do in every project. The next step was to select for me meaningful photos out of the hundred. With this selection, I started editing the first version. While doing this, I noticed that another order was possible and started the second edit.
In the last step, I arranged the images to a small book dummy in Adobe Indesign. With these two versions, I entered the challenge.
What I learned: It was great fun two be in an event with Ute and Wolfgang, both experienced in image selection and editing. There were some similarities, but also differences in our edits. I couldn’t say which is the best one, because each one is good in its way. Perhaps only the photographer, Wolfgang Gscheidle, can decide which one suits him and his project best. Also, working with someone else’s material, a person you don’t know and haven’t spoke with about his work is challenging. If this would be a job, my next step would be to talk about them with Wolfgang to find out what are his thoughts and would go on with editing for a new version.
If you are interested: The DFA published the complete session, including the photographers and other DFA-members comments on YouTube. The whole session is in German only, but you can use the subtitle-function.
Part one (my presentation starts at 17:00): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3WqQv8Xwjw&feature=youtu.be
Part two with Wolfgang Gscheidles comments on our work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXtVvgF7YaY
‘FOTODIALOGE | 26. – 31.10.20 – Deutsche Fotografische Akademie’. 2020. [online]. Available at: https://dfa.photography/post/fotodialoge [accessed 27 Nov 2020].
‘Kehrwoche’. 2019. Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kehrwoche&oldid=929367284 [accessed 27 Nov 2020].
List of Figures:
Figure 1 – 23: Wolfgang GSCHEIDLE. 2020. Images from »Auf der Suche nach der schwäbischen Kehrwoche«. From Marcel Rauschkolb. 2020. ‘Edit V2 for the DFA Online Editing Challenge’ [PDF].
Figure 24: Marcel RAUSCHKOLB. 2020. Lightroom-screenshot, editing Wolfgang Gscheidle’s images.