Why You Shouldn’t Give Too Much Weight to Anonymous Online Critics July 17, 2011
Fantastic composition, but the tones and the graininess keep the photo from being great.
What’s funny about this story is that Rabelo had the last laugh — the photograph is actually “Hyeres, France, 1932″, a famous photograph by the French photographer and “father of modern photojournalism”, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Made in 1932, the photo sold at auction in 2008 for a whopping $265,000.
This just goes to show that you shouldn’t let anonymous online critics dictate how you photograph. While it’s great to receive feedback and certainly worthwhile to hear things that help you improve your technique, the criticisms you hear online are often from people who don’t know what they’re talking about, so don’t give too much weight to negative comments!
This article made me smile. Submit a Henri Cartier-Bresson to a forum and get a less-than-favourable response then share it and make people look bad. I am pleased that I recognised it as a Cartier-Bresson and so guessed what the story was going to be. But all it really shows is that people in that forum don't have a knowledge of the history of photography, and different people appreciate different things, i.e. photography is subjective (which I believe it is). Interesting experiment though.