Giving Your Photos to the World & Learning to Critique
For the last hour you sweated over as many details in your photo edit you could. You probably should have spent weeks looking at your photo and editing as you went, but no, you want to get this masterpiece out to the world. But just before you hit the “enter” key, your palms break out in a sweat. Your face turns flush and you suddenly are being brow beaten by your internal voice telling you the trolls with have a blast with this one.
Metaphors and allegories you say? There are those in the photo world who firmly plant two feet and say the best photographs are the ones that are technically perfect and sharp. I contend that they are not. Some may feel this way, and that is just fine. I'm drawn to the photos with less focus and less than optimal aperture settings. The shots that give me the greatest joy to create and view are the ones that tell a story. That story may be an emotion, and with luck it's a metaphor or even an allegory.