Sheridan O'Neal submits Sheila Bocchine
Bocchine is an internationally known pinhole photographer. Her technique is excellent, however her work seems to fall short of fine art for me personally. She claims to be exploring a dreamlike state in a lot of her work. However, none of her photos translate that way to me. She did a series on all the places she has ever slept. It does not engage the viewer at all. She uses the same angles for most of her shots which is not interesting nor lead the viewer in any way. Some of them that show movement or a ghost image are on the verge of being engaging but still lack some key element. I have the same criticism for her series on garden ornmanents. Her series on China is however very interesting and dynamic. It documents different cultures and compositions. Her pinhole portrait photography is great as well. i like how she distorts the focus off the subject or how she uses the pinhole to create the softness around some of her subjects. She creates more interesting compositions in these photos and in her China series.