I'm in total agreement with you!
It's one thing to take a single shot that qualifies as good, but an entirely different story to develop a body of works that revolves around a certain theme or concept. Therein lies the challenge.
And you're also right about how in the past, you may not think much of some pics you've seen, but now looking at them again, they just blow your mind away. It's a good sign. It means you've evolved and you're now at another level.
I feel that his personal work on Hands and Singapore Girls are more interesting than the displayed crop of "sleeping around with pillow" shots that seems to be similiar in concep to the Levis's "sleeping around with pillow" shots.
nephew PI, what's so cheem about it?
appreciate a photograph with your eyes, not your ears!
anyway, SS made a good point earlier... so go read up the children's story "The Emperor's New Clothes"
interesting thread, and while i agree with SS and others, i think to summarize:
- you dont need to be good to succeed. rather, you just need to know the right people and how to promote urself.
- also, you need to have the courage to show crap work, e.g. your holiday shots of ur parents-in-law while on tour , and defend it..
- you need to be lucky.
- lastly, and most importantly, you need to try. so this should give all of us inspiration to publish our work!
of cos he is good, minox. good at taking the type of photos that earn good money. i respect him for that and i think he deserves the fruit of his labour. he has also given the world greater awareness of singaporean fashion photogs.
however, with fame and success come great expectations. it's not surprising that many singaporeans have very high expectations of him since he is a well-known photographer. so, when his works do not measure up to expectations, people will be disappointed.
but hey, he has earned the respect of the fashion world through his talent and sheer hard work. i'm sure he has the ability to do the same with the art world.
A matter of taste it boils down to.
He must be doing something right all this while so he should go on doing it.
I just don't see why he should explain his work or apologize about not pleasing the crowd (from his last post). And he thinks that some are out to hate him because he has made it big is just a strange statement.
Take the critics and move on with it is what real artists do.
as you said, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. what is good here to some people may seem crappy to you. likewise, you may think that JC's work is brilliant while many here will beg to differ. no problem at all.... it's freedom of speech and freedom of preference.