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Expert Eyes Critique Forum in April: Jose C. Lobato and Martin Zalba

One of the unique features at 1x is the  Critique Forum, where members can submit their images to request feedback and advice from the entire community. Everyone is welcome to participate in both giving and receiving critique, and sixteen volunteer Senior Critics work to ensure that all submitted images receive thoughtful and helpful responses.

To strengthen and enrich the Critique Forum, we are introducing a new feature:
"Guest Critics (“Expert eyes”)".

Every month, two well-known 1x photographers will lend their “expert eyes” to members, providing new opinions, expertise across a diversity of genres, and photographic wisdom and insight.

We are proud to present you the Guest Critics for April:  Jose C. Lobato  and  Martin Zalba. 

Jose C. Lobato

Jose considers photography an essential part of life. He believes that anywhere and at any moment he can find a scene that tells him something. He’s a passionate street photographer with a strong style regarding processing deliberate black & white artworks. Jose always took photography very serious. But the change to a digital workflow opened new worlds for him and made his work more versatile, as he said. José sees processing as method to visually enhance what he was pursuing.

His style has been described by  Yvette Depaepe  in the  1x magazine as soulful and moody. 

Jose likes B&W and the somehow dark, even mysterious images. As many photographers he tried many genres before he found what he prefers, what he describes as “urban landscapes”. He makes use of his hunting gene, which wasn’t satisfied by macros, portraits or landscapes he did before. Jose is a constant learner in photography, he watches photographs, read books, visits exhibitions, reads interviews of great photographers (and not so great or famous, as he said) and from all that he learns something. The work on 1x is not exactly everything he does in photography, it’s rather what he likes most. José still does landscapes, marinas, and everything that can be captured when travelling new places. He also shoots portraits and still lifes, so he’s the perfect candidate for our experiment!

Although Jose considers himself more of a learner than a teacher of photography, we probably learn from Jose’s viewpoint on many genres, and he will experience what teaching feels like…


Martin Zalba

Martin is also an amateur Spanish photographer, and for Martin, photography, together with music composition and painting, prompts a philosophical reflection that he is, „a hunter of the beautiful things”. 

According to Martin, „Photography is a vehicle that helps me travel through my inner world and get to know myself better, discovering what’s behind the light and the shadows.” Many 1x members may be familiar with Martin through his  interview  in the 1x magazine, or through his personal reflections about photography featured in 1x. The latter article also introduces a video presentation from Martin (featuring his music as well as his photography!) about one of his favourite genres, night photography.

More broadly, Martin is interested not only in landscapes, but also urban photography, wildlife, portraits, still life, and more recently, infrared photography. Martin enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience in a variety of ways, and we look forward to being part of that process has he joins the senior critic team this month!

We have encouraged José and Martin to critique any image that moves them for any reason - art, teaching opportunity, emotion, and more. While there is no guarantee that José or Martin will write a critique on a specific image, we know their participation will enrich and diversify the critique forum and the 1x community at large.

When submitting to critique, please remember three important guidelines:

1.  Be specific about how the image was captured (EXIF data), processed, and the underlying questions (e.g. composition, processing)

2. Try not to delete images once they’ve been posted to critique since it’s a cumulative resource for the community at large

3. Consider giving as well as receiving critique; it’s one of the best ways to develop one’s own pair of expert eyes!

We look forward to a lively and stimulating exchange on your work!

The SC team and our guests, Martin and Jose C.


Excellent contribution. Thanks for publishing it.
Bienvenidos, José y Martín! Welcome, José and Martín! Happy to have you on the Team! Great idea, Yvette! Greetings, Saludos!
Muchas José, por todo. Un fuerte abrazo.
Muchas gracias Jose, un abrazo
Many thanks to Yvette, Theo and the entire 1x team for this opportunity. And thanks to all those who have sent me their encouragement and congratulations. I hope I go out as well as I hope. Greetings and a hug for all, and encouragement for my companion adventure, Martin.
Mi enhorabuena a los dos,sois unos maestros,un abrazo.
Mis felicitaciones a ambos.
Muchas gracias Mario!
Jose and Martin - Welcome to the team! I hope you'll enjoy the experience. I often say that in Critique we learn together.
Completely agree! you learn a lot.
Una propuesta realmente interesante, felicidades por vuestra pequeña curaduría... A lo mejor os mando algo de curro compañeros. ;) A really interesting proposal, congratulations for your little curatorship ... Maybe I'll send some classmates to you.
Ya estas tardando... ja ja ja
Many thanks to 1x for this great honor.
Fine initiative Yvette and Theo !! And a great choice to start ... 2 of my favourite photographers :-) Jose & Martin, I will be happy to read your observations. You join a very strong team ....
You're very welcome to send in some of your "other" works, Luc. Your abstracts are always perfect, but I know that's not all you do. We will have specialists for portraits and abstracts as guests soon... :-)
Jose C. Lobato y Martin Zalba, dos maestros que admiro. Enhorabuena por ser los elegidos , Me alegro de corazon que lleveis esta seccion, todo un acierto de 1x encabezados por Yvette. Mi felicitacion y admiracion Un abrazo a ambos Jois
Muchas gracias, un fuerte abrazo.
Jose, ahora te pongo cara, que no sabía como eres. Ya sabes, a partir del 1, a currar por aquí... ja ja ja un abrazo
Ya estoy en ello amigo. Heestado unos días fuera en esta Semana Santa, y vengo con las pilas recargadas. A ver que tal lo hacemos... Un abrazo.
Thanks to everybody involved in this new and fantastic feaure in the Critique Forum. My best wishes for success. And of course a fine Eastern WE to all. Best greetings, Yvette
Yvette,Mike,Javier and Jose thanks for your great input. Theo headSC
Sorry, and of course also Greg.
Thanks for your appreciation and great initiative, Theo! Have a great Eastern WE. Cheers, Yvette