Monday, August 14, 2006


it's time to get serious about this hobby. I'm good at a great many creative things. May I say talented? But I excel at none of those things.

If you're here on this blog looking at these images, and your first response is to say oooo, nice photo - please remember that a comment like this is usually not helpful to most of us - for those of us who have invested in our camera's it's helpful and most wanted to read a thoughtful explanation on why your oooo is important. We need frank - we need blunt to balance out the ego trips one tiny success can send us on. Most of all we need constructive criticism, thoughtful support, and explanation of opinion. The oooo without the why doesn't help us grow past our laurels - [and possibly those that exist in our own imaginations.] More often than not - fluffy encouragement isn't what we need from each other as artists. Artists tend to be lazy, depressed, self-centered and hard on themselves - comments appreciated with these things in mind - sometimes what might seem harsh is really the kindest comment you can make, particularly said with the interests of the artist in mind. Most fellow artists realize this - and being a photoblog connoisseur, it's sometimes painful to see so much praise on the blogs I visit. I don't mean to seem harsh nor exclude commentary but we're all really here doing this to be better than we were when we started out. So why not help each other out?


Anonymous said...

OK. So I'm not sure how I got here but it doesn't matter - I have read things and seen others from you and I did indeed go like: oooo -nice photo on several occasions.

Now, a couple of things I want to say, first I don't like when you shoot at 45 degrees, it's crap and that's what talentless people do when they want to take a 'creative' approach to photography -and from what I have seen and read you are so much better than this.

Then I read your story and how your cat's death -bless him- stopped you neat from taking pictures. People and animals die, that's what we do. Photographs stay alive.

And although every being is unique, there are lots of us on this planet so I never understood why people put their lives and talent on hold when they loose somebody or get dumped by their partners.

So I'm not sure where you're at now but what I have to say, bluntly, is fucking get over it and get snapping.

I won't come back here to check if you bothered replying. I don't care. But I will check out your Flickr page and I would really like perusing some of your images on there.

Some guy in Europe.

Gypsy said...

Thanks, SGiE, them is some of the kindest words.

Agreed. That 45 degree angle is crap. Insipid, even.

As for getting over Maui...well the bargain between me and myself is I get to pine over him as long as I need and want so long as I snap.

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