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Comments on this portfolio:

Luca A. R. , February 06, 2010; 04:48 A.M.

All in all you have a nice new portfolio. some general remarks:
- some photos are quite attracting, across all folders
- a few photos lack a bit of contrast
- a few other photos would benefit from a more careful framing and vertical/horizontal adjustment.

Your "themes" are recognizable and I promise to get back with some other comments on specific photos.

ML M , February 06, 2010; 11:32 A.M.

Unadorned slices of life. Excellent portfolio, fantastic bio... Welcome to PN... Mike

Raymond Borg , February 07, 2010; 02:35 P.M.

Welcome to photo.net. You have a very interesting start. Thanks for sharing and hope that you upload more photos. Congrats.

Antonio F , February 08, 2010; 03:44 A.M.

Great B&W, interesting portfolio

Luca A. R. , February 08, 2010; 06:10 A.M.

There are rules

But sometimes they are there to be broken.
Breaking a rule can make a good photograph, but not necessarily.
A quotation I like: "buying a Nikon [Canon, Leica, Hasselblad,whatever you want] makes you a Nikon [or whatever you want] owner, not a photographer"

Joanne stowell , February 08, 2010; 06:20 A.M.

Actually, I'm not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I'm not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren't cooks. Henri Cartier-Bresson

Trisha Jean-Angela , February 08, 2010; 07:51 P.M.

Beautiful work Joanne! You have quite a gift for shooting people and keeping it all real; very lovely work and I hope I can learn something by looking at it. Thank you for sharing. :)

joanne graham , February 10, 2010; 08:26 A.M.

Hi Joanne, just looked through your portfolio, the pic "maturing" caught my eye...really good! and really enjoyed the rest of your portfolio...I find B&W so hard to get the right tones but yours look great! and you have a good name:) regards Joanne Graham.

Joanne stowell , February 11, 2010; 02:41 A.M.

Thank you all so much for you comments

Jo x

Steven Dempsey , February 11, 2010; 09:51 A.M.

Joanne, most of all I love your philosophy. It is refreshing and genuine and there is a truth to it that just doesn't surface very much these days...at least in my experience. The endless pursuit of perfection in photography is not necessarily a bad thing for some shooters because "perfection" can mean different things to as many different people. I'm not sure if I strive for it but I, like you, am more concerned with extracting some kind of emotional essence in my photographs. If that's not evoked, then it gets deleted.

The simplicity of your photographs places them somewhere between art and reality. Your choice of black and white (of which I am passionate) removes them just enough from the world so that they exist on their own plane. Keep ignoring the rules the way you do because it's the whispers that are heard, not the screams.

Carlos H. , February 11, 2010; 02:21 P.M.

love your vibe miss stowell. your pics too.

Spider Seventy one , February 12, 2010; 03:26 P.M.

I like a lot of your photos and your feelings about photography. I could never spend that time explaining my feelings though!

Hans Hollander , February 13, 2010; 02:28 A.M.

I like your approach on "the image" versus "perfection". Made me think.

Joanne stowell , February 13, 2010; 04:28 A.M.

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel

jim paire , February 13, 2010; 10:05 A.M.

wonderful gallery with a lot of heart. jim

Frederick Dunn , February 13, 2010; 10:32 P.M.


You definitely have the "eye"... but then, you needn't have me say that...

Thank you for your presence on photo.net!

Jim Phelps , February 16, 2010; 10:16 P.M.


You work has exceptional emotional impact.

Jim Phelps

SAM COMTOIS , February 17, 2010; 01:47 P.M.

hi johanne ... for someone who isnt interested in cameras or lenses you seem to have some fairly expensive equipment. i am just curious as to why/ i have a very old film camera and i find i take better shots with it , than with some of the more professional equipment.as much as we would like to think that photography is all art there is some sense of logic to it as well...... i do llke a lot of your pictures however you are following pretty close to the herd......just one mans view.....samme

John Woodward , February 18, 2010; 03:05 P.M.

Ello you!

Ha ha.....found you.... ;-)

I will be on here a bit more often I reckon....not sure how many images I will upload though...we will see......

See you have LOADS on here already....some I haven't seen and such good images! You kept those quiet! ;-)

Johnnyboy! :-)

Marianne Fry , February 22, 2010; 08:58 P.M.


I read your biography and agree with most , especially about your rules ideas in Photography . Great portfolium ! Lots of originality and personality gives to the work its own language . Congrat. Marianne

Alistair Theobald , November 05, 2010; 06:48 A.M.


Hi Jo, it's such a pleasure to be viewing your unique and inspirational work again.


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