What other People Think !

There are photos you take and love, and will always love, and there are photos you take that you love and you can’t understand why no-one else does – and then there are the photos you hate, and would delete because, you have assumed that because you don’t like them, no one else will.

The photograph below, I took last year using a 10 stop filter.  I had one, and hadn’t used it for a long long time.  Mostly I forgot I even owned it.  Then towards the end of 2017 I went to an RPS day in Nottingham, and one of the speakers gave a talk about the images you could achieve with long exposures in the daytime.  I went home, got the filter out and set off to see what I could do.

I went out with some friends, and we shot all sorts of things, but overall I wasn’t very happy about any of the images I got.  On the other hand, I wasn’t terribly sure just what it was I was really looking for.

A few other people said they liked the shot, but I just couldn’t see it.

Later – I was reading a book by celebrated photographer Jay Maisel.  In it – he talked about a photograph of his own that he had taken and didn’t like.

He discussed it with a friend of his and the conversation went something like this

He said “I love that shot”

I said “I hate you, I’d just decided to eliminate it”

“Why would you do that?”

“Because it isn’t what I had in mind when I shot it”

He said “But I’m not hampered by your history and intentions. I love that shot”

What he was seeing was an end result with no concept of what Jay had set out to achieve, and so came at it from a completely fresh perspective.

We need to think of our image making the same way – just because somthing doesn’t fit our immediate ‘wants’ doesn’t mean to say it’s a bad image.

I enter the British Photographic Exhibitions,  and other photography competitions, but in the end analysis, who am I really trying to please?  Me or a remote judge?  The answer is ME, and if the judge likes it to, then that’s a bonus.

Take photographs, enjoy being outside, or inside.  Enjoy the solitude that image making can give you – enjoy the companionship too.  Then, listen to what other people say about your images before you throw them in the bin…..


Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

2 thoughts on “What other People Think !”

  1. Thanks for your Musing, well written as always,
    I think we all can look at images we have taken and love or hate them,someone will like the ones you hate, like what you have said in the past if you look at your image long enough you will get to dislike it, because you see little things in the image, you don’t like and that can start the; don’t like that image anymore.
    Just my thoughts
    Brother George


    1. On the other hand – I have images that I like, have always liked, but no-one else seems to…. 🙂


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