In conjunction with my previous post I would like to say that I met a middle-aged man who looked at my instagram feed. Usually I get some positive comments and maybe even a "wow" or something. But he gave each picture a 1-2 second glance and after going through 20 pictures said quite confidently that with this level I would not be able to make a living from photography. My pictures were too generic and lacking in wow factor.
It was like my inner critic personified!
I told him I'm still learning and making a living from it at this point isn't necessary. After chewing on this encounter I realised that his judgement is a highly subjective one and that it is the very nature of photography itself. The viewer decides what's likeable or not.
Sometimes it's just personal taste or maybe cultural goggles. For the latter I would say we live in a time where we are obsessed with pictures but consume them like french fries.
Some of the most "wow" pictures are in my eyes also the least interesting with respect to story or deeper meaning to what you're looking at. That's why selfies are the craze now. We know the person and that gives meaning by itself. No special composition or attention to detail is really needed.
In this picture, Sunitha, who is not French but Belgian, is marvelling at the decorated roof. She is also an adoptee from the state of Kerala, India and totally understands my problems when I tell Indians that I'm a Norwegian.
Typical multiple daily conversation:
Where are you from? - Norway.
But you look Japanese! - I know...
Norway is in China?