I seriously long for the day when photographers are nice to each other, especially on social media.
Millions of photographs are shared everyday on social platforms, by photographers of varying levels of experience. Experience both in terms of photography, and social media etiquette. The internet has given rise to ‘the armchair expert’, a most often than not, non quantified, or qualified voice that tends to type louder than most. Posting derogative and mostly negative comments with no evidence, or reason, with which to base such claims. Other than to stroke their own ego. If photographer’s learned how to ask questions of each other without taking offence, we would not only get along better, but we would also learn a whole lot more.
It’s important that we are open to others interpretations of images, and that we don’t just settle on our own. And it’s even more important that we are respectful of those interpretations, and that we take time to inform ourselves of the facts surrounding the images we look at, so as to give an ‘informed’ judgement instead of one based on personal opinion only. If we don’t agree with another’s opinion, then we should be asking, ‘why don’t we agree?’ instead of bashing that opinion. Agreement or disagreement should be the beginning, not the end of the conversation.