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I like to show my pictures without anyone knowing it's me.
"I would tend to take more notice of abwhitt if he/she had actually posted any pictures on this site."
He/she used to, probably before your time though. Not having a portfolio does not bar one from commenting, AFAIK. Seems it's ok for you to decry someones photo of conkers, but not ok if someone is not sold on your carrots! There is a huge variety of styles here on EPZ, many don't appeal to me either, but it's a case of live, and let live
"The trouble with this site is that people are only complimentary. I would like to stimulate debate."
I wasn't complimentary! But it's because of reactions like yours that I no longer comment on individual photos.
You could always use the quote facility though, Frank, instead of inverted commas and italics!
The thing about calling you own work "art", if you have to explain to people that what you have done is "art" you have failed to clear the first hurdle
i think of Art as the collective word for anything created by human hand whether photographed, drawn, sculpted or written in poetry form.
anything first seen in the minds eye then created in physical form by hand is artistic.
Sorry, I've tried but I can't hold back on this any more. This as far as I know is not an art site but a photography site: and I find it insufferably arrogant for someone to publicly denounce a picture of a conker as having "no artistic merit", while smugly assuming that their own picture of manky carrots is on another level that most of us don't understand bacause we haven't been to art college.
the king is in the altogether, the altogether, the altogether..etc
Rant over, I'm going on holiday anyway so sucks boo
(seriously though, peace and love, group hug and all that )
Nothing has more artistic merit than Nature!
That's all I have to say.
i thought the point of this site was to upload nice decent looking photographs onto a range of epz galleries covering various subjects and styles to share what we proudly create with others and socialise with fellow photographers in a positive uplifting atmosphere
at the end of the day does it really matter if what we do is described as art or not as art as long as what we see on the galleries is eye catching and appealing to each of us and keeps us coming back for more.
i personally think of photography as art because i have been a self taught artist since i was 7 years old and am now 30 and for all that time have been immersed in creating images in various ways - to some a photograph is a record shot simply for capturing an event in front of them - to others a photograph is an artwork as awe inspiring and important as a massive wall hung oil painting in a top gallery
whatever way we see something will appeal to some and not to others - being this way is what makes us human =)
The reason I upload photos is to get an idea if anyone likes them or not if not then it makes me want to seek out new ways of trying to create an eye catching shot that will interest people. Also when I get any comments the advice can help me see where I'm going wrong and see how I can try to strive to improve it. And being totally honest if I get any praise it does help as long as its honest praise because it makes me feel like im not wasting my time because atthat means that one person or more liked a photograph that I took. If I didn't upload photos or show them to people I would have no idea what people thought or how I could improve and I think photography would lose its appeal to me if noone was to see anything I took. Anyways thats my personal opinion
it's a good way for me to see which of my images only appeal to me and which can be enjoyed by others as well
Thanks to everyone for you replies. It has confirmed my thoughts that most people would post images on websites to receive comment and see whether their images are acceptable by the viewing public or where they could improve.
Unfortunately I have seen many examples of a poster posting a few very good images and getting high praise and regard and then, because they gain a reputation for good photography they automatically get a high "click" rate on every image they post (good, bad or indifferent). Likewise I have seen really good images posted that, for some reason, get very low "clicks" or comments and the poster never receives a good rate no matter what the image they post.
I have posted another thread regarding the idea of not displaying the photographers name or alias when images are viewed in the readers gallery. I think this would stem some of the bias that exists.
"You could always use the quote facility though, Frank, instead of inverted commas and italics!
Hee hee! "
Been said before, CB! I'm used to just highlighting all the text, and clicking on quote. Besides, I like to be different! It caught your attention.
Yeh! And to think we all missed him! Absence hasn't mellowed him!
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