As a photographer I get feedback from all types of people. Some feedback on my images are nice and some feedback can be negative. What I have learned is opinions on photography or art of any sort is based on personal opinions and everyone has their own opinions. Many people are hung up on styles and are not able to realize that photography and art is all about vision and not so much based on a particular style. Each artist is unique and that is the great thing about artist expression.
Styles are important when it comes to art. No artist or photographer wakes up one day and says he or she knows everything about their chosen art form. For me, studying others work is critical. By studying all forms of art I can improve and become a better artist of my craft. I feel, one style does not really matter, because over time, styles do change and so will I as an artist. What is important for me is my vision as an artist and how I choose to express myself through my art.
So, how do I handle feedback from others? For me, I listen and reflect on the feedback and see if I can gain some knowledge from the feedback. I enjoy positive and constructive feedback. Such feedback allows me to reflect on others input and see if it will help me improve my work. However, negative feedback to me is a waste of time. Many people have their own opinions, but they do not have my vision for what I wish to accomplish when it comes to my work. Just as other photographers have their own taste, styles, and vision, I have my own. When it come to providing my opinion of others work, I do not do that. Why, because their artist vision and talents are unique to them. Who am I to say they are right or wrong in what they wish to create?
Artist styles are important to provide a foundation for all artist. However, styles can be binding and can destroy true creativity for creatives. For me, I want to explore all forms of art and incorporate information that will be useful in helping me develop and improve as a photographer. I strive to continue to study and discover what information will benefit me and remove useless information that does not help me grow as an artist. I could say I have my own unique style, however, that would be incorrect. I have no style. I have a vision of what is unique to only me and I like that.
Roger's Tip: I do not seek to influence others or seek others approval. I let my work speak for itself.
Until next time, keep shooting.