Critique is sometime that’s been on my mind the last couple of days, as I posted my newest photograph and I struggle more than usual with my next one. I really am not sure what the correct steps to take are to make that image work, and my last one isn’t near perfect.
But the fact of the matter is, if I only posted images that were “perfect”, I would never post anything.
I really am my own worst critic. I know my major weaknesses, and I can usually pick out the biggest flaws in my photograph, even if I’m not sure how to fix them. I don’t struggle with this – it doesn’t make me love them any less. But I’ve made myself acutely aware of them for one very important reason – my mantra.
And that mantra is that I will never be as good as I can be. That no matter how hard I work, or how much time passes, there will always be room to improve. There will always be inconsistencies in my work, and it will never be perfect.
That’s a beautiful thing. It means I’ll never reach the end of my journey. That while I’ll never be my very best, I can always be better, as long as I work for it. There exists something to work towards, always. I love learning new things that better myself as an artist. It’s a part of the excitement for me.
It all comes down to perspective. You can choose to view the problems in your work or differences in opinion negatively, or you can own it. Not everything other people say about your work is going to be right, or even just opinion based, but the fact is, it’s usually said with the intent to help. And they cared enough about your image to say it.
So what does that tell you? How do you handle critique?