Rehabilitate

I willingly embrace that any creative or artist will have their champions, and they will have their detractors. I post most of my work here because, and I assume, anyone stopping by must enjoy my images and writing? If that is the case, then it’s very much appreciated.
Posting work on social media, especially Facebook, is a different game entirely. Until a couple of years ago, I shared just about every single photograph I’d made throughout various photography groups, all of which were inhabited by absolute strangers, thousands of them. I needed that validation – that constant checking for ‘likes’, and even better, those juicy red love hearts, the positive comments and back-slapping. It’s all very addictive, but like all addictions, it’s pointless and unhealthy. What I realised was that I’d become obsessive, not about the positive feedback, but the odd shitty remark and angry emoji. What I learned, painfully, was that I had gone against my lifelong mission statement of – “There’s a lot of shit talked about photography, but you go out, take a photo of something you like, if you enjoy that image then it’s a good photo. It’s that simple.”
I still post the odd image on Facebook, mainly in street photography groups; they continue to receive negative feedback from people who I neither know nor care about, but it’s all good with me.

One of the most comments I get is, “Anyone could take those” – well go on then, off you go…

18 Comments

    1. I always enjoy seeing your photos Phil, sorry I’m not much of a commentator, I’ll make more effort in future. I much admire your style and always check out your new blog posts.
      Hope you’re enjoying your new freedoms on the IOM..can’t believe anyone would criticise your work. You have a great eye, the haters are just inadequates.

      Liked by 4 people

  1. Totally understand what you mean Phil. But I also agree to the point that you photograph first for yourself. If others like it, it is nice but not more. I’ll use my insta account as a personell diary. If people follow me it is nice but not more. Nowadays a lot of humans look for “fame”. The new world currency is followers! It is a human “thing” to ask for feedback for what we do. We what to be recognised and we hunt for “likes”. Keep calm and enjoy life. That is what we are here for on earth. Your book, which I bought is wonderful and inspired me a lot. Warmest regards Michael

    Liked by 3 people

  2. That’s all some of us can do sometimes: talk. Talk nonsenses and negative things; we are free, we can do, say what we want – that’s our “arguments”. But what else, besides talking, are we doing? We could for example make an effort and be less critical, if we cannot appreciate, understand more others works. We could. Ah, I don’t know why I feel like I need a big hug right now. Maybe you need one too. Sir Phil, You’re photos are more than good. Of course, they could tell me “what you do now about photography?” “Nothing”, would be my answer. “But when I see a photo I like my heart gets very excited”; anything else I don’t even notice.

    Like

  3. I love blur, missed focus, disquieting content and awkward composition. Do I win any prizes at the clubs I frequented? Does my mother look forward to seeing my family portraits? But these are my images. my view of the world. I’m satisfied. I do appreciate your work and look forward to your posts but because they are your singular view not because they are pretty. Keep it up . Please.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. You have a great eye to capture that special shot, the view that most people wouldn’t ‘see’, it’s that quality that sets you apart. You big lump x

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Big fan of your photography, your unique way of seeing Phil.
    I know what you mean about SM – it’s a bit of a trap. I too rely much more on the feedback from my blog than anywhere else. I love your mission statement.
    Alison

    Like

  6. I want the applause but do post images on Facebook or Instagram. You have a good hit rate of good images. At first glance today I liked 2 of the images. But as I looked others improved. What I was looking for was the personality of the people, who they are.

    Like

  7. Both Facebook and Instagram do two things. They foster derivative work. They are both popularity contests. Nothing more. My work from Storyteller is automatically distributed to FB and Twitter which is the only reason I post pictures there.

    Like

  8. Way too much contrast. Nothing in the shadows. Heads missing, weird angles and I could go on and on…. haha. I love them. I’ve been in sites myself that led to much criticism and judgement, It’s in your eye. Words well said here. Pics are fantastic. Carry on grasshopper.

    Like

  9. Anyone can take street portrait. Yes. In the sense that everyone can capture a random thoughtless shot of a strangers on street with awkwardness, without emotion, without even life, like zoombie minus. as both the ‘muse’ and the ‘artist’ don’t know what they want from that moment. I know it well Phil as I am an amateur in this and practise time to time. and got a lot of shit.

    Yours different. I can feel those random muses’ emotion, life, and psychology at that moment you took a ‘random’ shot of them. That’s the difference. Not much. but just like everybody can make a weird film with weird music and lighting. But there is only one david lynch and one Mulhollan Drive. That’s the difference. Not much. But you know you are good. Admiration.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. From another long time looker – but rarely commenter: So true – hard not to get lost in that addiction to ‘likes’. And agree that anyone *can do those* but the question is, are they? Are they moved to? Are they brave enough to? Do they know their gear well enough to capture the moment? I’m still grappling with what photography means to me. Over the 13 years from when I first started shooting, I’ve never been able to move it to a full time professional gig, jealously and pridefully looking at fellow friend photographers who started the same time as me, now making their living from it successfully and wondering why I couldn’t do that. Now, I’m going back around to thinking that the photography I do (If I do portraits ever again), will just be for me. From the ‘light photos’ I take (I don’t call them street photography, because they’re not), I know at least minimally, I take them because *I* like them; I like the light. All that to say, I love your work. Period.

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.