How to have my photography appreciated, or mean something?

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mfinley Senior Member • Posts: 5,419
Re: How to have my photography appreciated, or mean something?

photonut2008 wrote:

mfinley wrote:

photonut2008 wrote:

In the end I think the whole idea of photography is to please ones self or whomever you intend to see the photo. However, I don't think that photography practiced well is so esoteric that most people just don't get it and are only interested in snapshots of their family and friends.

The untrained eye can only judge on the level of sophistication it is currently at. It is no different than the taste bud, a 3 star Michelin meal can be lost on the majority of people just as a well-aged Bordeau will be. As the viewer grows in experience by educating themselves in the field of the arts gaining a background of imagery and understanding they can appreciate art in a more discerning way, this is the same in every disciple of life.

I'm not so dismissive of how others respond to photographs, or food, or music, or whatever.

As for DPR, the site seems jaundiced to me. I see a surprising amount of praise of mediocre photos and indifference towards what I consider good ones (and not just mine). It might just be an aesthetic difference and it's just my uninformed eyes, and often I think the better photos tend to percolate to the top and the lesser ones to the bottom, but in-between those extremes I see a lot of inconsistency bordering on the absurd.

See the paragraph I wrote above. The vast majority of the audience here fits into a vastly older demographic, they are skewered to gear and technology not artistic sophistication. The reactions are going to be more akin to critiquing based on technical criteria rather than esthetics and the level of understanding and the information to draw from mentally is more technical than artistic.

I do not see any good rationale for the varying responses to photographs here. Technically good shots often get panned, and I'm not going to say my aesthetics are better than theirs and I bristle when I hear that about my photographs.

As an example of what I consider absurd, I saw some interesting and well-captured shots of birds in flight in a BIF challenge that slipped quite far down in the rankings while several photos of birds not flying ranked near the top.

Responses to anything are self-censored by the group you ask to respond.

Taking a class of kindergarteners to broadway to see the play Cats will likely get responses of how cool looking the cats were from the kindergarteners, but you shouldn't be surprised by how few would comment about the choreography or appreciate the more sophisticated nuances of the storyline.

This is the audience here -

Read through the comments, it's filled with 'quality' comparisons, members here can't see a compelling image when all they are trying to do is blow it up to the pixel level on thier 5K monitor.

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