Over the past few years I've gone from a hobbyist picture taker to someone who now has enough understanding to call himself a photographer. The journey has been interesting. Once upon a time my images were filled with abandoned buildings (so many abandoned buildings), leaves, insects, more buildings and leaves, etc. Recently I was looking through some of my old images partly to see how my style and subjects have changed over the years. Though I still like some of my earlier images I see things now I would do differently with the composition or the way I edited them.
One of the things I find frustrating at times when looking through the images shared on different online platforms is the popularity of some of my photos. In this post I've shared my two most popular pictures on one such site where images in online galleries usually gain popularity through views, likes, and comments. Both pictures were taken over 3 years ago and though I like them for what they are it is baffling to me, why these two? Why not the portraiture I've transitioned into or any other architectural, nature, or long exposure shot I've snapped that I like more?
As someone who is always studying and admiring the artistic and creative eye of other photographers I sometimes fall into the trap of questioning my own work. Sometimes believing I'm the only one who must struggle with such thoughts but rationally knowing I'm no more unique than anyone else in the way I think.
Comparing my photography to other photographers or even sometimes my own work leads me to question why I shoot the way I do and why people like one image more than the other. Though the frustration of appreciation or the lack thereof at times unsettles the soul of my creativity. I realize I must accept the love, criticism, and attention where it is given and never-mind all the questioning of why in my own head. Andy Warhol once said: “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Not bad advice.