Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/01/23

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Success crisis
From: "lea" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 09:15:33 -0600
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I'm not at all interested in a critique sub-list for PAW. For me, the
purpose of the PAW is not in's simply for showing and
looking. Often I see images in the various PAWs that warrent comment of some
nature. Many do not. If I feel particularly moved by an image I will
comment, otherwise I assume the shooter will continue photographing,
continue posting and the world will continue spinning...whether I comment or

I think by the time we purchase Leicas, build our darkrooms, calibrate our
systems, process our own film or find a decent lab, build a web site, scan
and post images we're deep enough into it to have a pretty good idea if an
image is stong or not. I'm certainly not qualified to be a critiquer other
than to say what I like and don't like. And I pretty much assume any
photographer can look at his/her work and see where it is strong and where
it is weak long before I point it out to them. Maybe I am incorrect in
that...but I can say it is true for me of my own work.

So...if the PAW is to become a critique-based project sub list, I'm not
interested. The spirit of the project, as I understood it, was simply to
show off the fact that our high-end gear was actually seeing film...........

- ----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Reid" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 11:21 PM
Subject: [Leica] Success crisis

: The Picture A Week movement, bravely started by Kyle Cassidy last year, is
: an amazing success. I am absolutely thrilled that so many people are
: actually taking pictures with their Leicas.
: It does, though, present for the LUG what we in the computer industry call
: a "success crisis". The traffic on the LUG has increased dramatically
: so many people jumped in to PAW. I can't possibly object; this is what
: all about, but I do have to find a way to focus the PAW traffic somehow.
: I have a few ideas. Like so many other ideas, they involve programming
: computers to do things somewhat differently. In the meantime, how would
: people feel about a sub-list whose entire purpose was PAW critiques. I'm
: not proposing this as a long-term solution, but it might ameliorate things
: in the short term.
: Brian Reid
: LUG Barkeeper
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