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I am a litlle confused. You despair over the lack of creative images but refer to the work of Brian and Kurt. Those are two photographers whose work I greatly admire and to which I aspire. However, apart from an occasional "Phart" from Brian, where is the creative element? That is not a criticism of them but difficulty in knowing how the images here should look.
Strangely enough, this week I was considering starting to post images here, after years of not doing so.. I now wonder if, not having a creative bone in my body, my images would not be...Show more →
I don't see any reason for confusion, except maybe your reference about splitting the forum on the lines of tubes and no tubes - makes no sense to me. And to say you haven't a creative bone in your body is just self judgment, I'm sure you are good at what you apply yourself to - because application is what it takes to be good at anything. Creativity is just the capacity or willingness to take it further than 'good'.
The thing about Brian and Kurt (and others here) is they are always improving and articulate it either here or in a link to their site. And you must admit, their output is first class. I also understand why some don't articulate their knowledge, nobody seems to be listening at times and without an audience there is no point in doing your skit. What amazes me about Brian, in particular, is he just keeps on posting regardless. The Phart, as you so eloquently put it, is just the point at which the period of reflection and application ( that takes place between farts - the digestion if you like) is expressed. That's how it works - I speak for myself.
I don't think the images here 'should' have a 'look', it's more the willingness to improve and accepting positive criticism whether it is informed or not -without surrendering to negative reactions. There are universally accepted notions of what makes a technically 'good' image. A creative image is just one that is the result of a free-wheeling approach to delivering a technically good image that, to me, works within certain parameters, or universally judged notions - dof and angle - they are related, composition or placement of focal point within the frame, saturation that doesn't reach the 'candy' coloured point - or does, background, etc. Creativity is trying the new according to 'your' lights, and saying something about your posted image may attract intelligent response. Creativity means getting out of your comfort zone.
If you really want to produce images that are not just for ID then let loose your preconceptions and post for honest CC while saying something relevant about your image/s. Try something different and maybe have a look at what others are doing, they may be more different to yours than you think.
And I'll add here what I have said in other places - no matter the quality of an image if it's not commented on that amounts to discouragement. Acknowledgement, even if it's CC, is what supports creativity - if there is the capacity.
And if anyone can't take it, CC or less than flattering comment, they will naturally move on. Then there are exceptions - always.