|Originally posted by hbunch7187:|
The following is a general statement for everyone to keep in mind.
It is important to remember too, that some people aren't comfortable enough yet with their photography to just let lose and take pics of strange and unusual things yet.
When you learn to ride a bike, you wear a helmet and elbow pads. The elbow pads eventually come off when you get better, and then even the helmet will come off some day. It just takes time, and a lot of encouragement.
Encourage everyone. Even if YOU don't like it, someone else does. Just comment to the fact. "while this is technically well done, it's not my cup of tea." then say what IS good, and WHY it isn't your cup of tea. I think it's easier for people to accept it than just saying "don't get it".
If you say something "negative" about a photo, equal it out with something positive as well, if possible. It really makes a difference.
I disagree. On my first submission I got a one word comment that said "sloppy". It hurt me like hell until I realized the guy was right. I have thought a lot about that "sloppy" comment subsequently when making other pictures.
The comments that don't do much for me are those "awfully positive" comments followed by a 4 or a 5 or no score at all :)
I like to say that I am one who appreciates paganini's outspokenness. In art there is often controversy just because it tries to break new grounds. There was a lot of controversy, nay furor, when Manet showed his Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe. Lots of controversy when the Impressionists started to show. There were scandals when Sargent showed his Madame X. Lots of controversy when Mapplethorpe had shows. Lots of controversy about Serrano's Pissing Christ. etc, etc, etc.
I don't believe this site would be very interesting if we would all be sitting around and politely agreeing with one another and only show images that couldn't possibly be offensive to anyone.
* This message has been edited by the author on 10/17/2002 6:09:05 PM.