The backstage of a picture is interesting if it's a great picture. The picture in question, a broken tree without any context, is not. It could have been taken anywhere, anytime. The caption and the picture have no apparent connection. The picture could have any caption, the caption could relate to any picture.
The photo means nothing by itself and the elaborate text looks like a futile exercise meant to draw attention. Any random shutter actuation can be embellished with touching words, but it doesn't turn any of them into interesting images.
I absolutely agree with you that any random shutter can be embellished with touching words ... but one must consider the possibility that image can speak volumes to the photographer or for many who view that image. My point is not about people not liking the image, its perfectly fine for someone not to like (I know people who don't like Ansel Adams work). But what is not fine is, people casting aspirations on the photographer's integrity, honor and what not. Strangely, till now, no one provided constructive criticism on how that image or an alternative
could have been presented to make his message come across more effectively. Comments, questioning Dustin's integrity have only generated ill will, instead of providing an opportunity to learn something. Personally, as mentioned earlier, that image speaks to me (and several others) because of the message associated with it
... it does not appeal to some, that is perfectly fine ... but lets not reduce a fellow CR member (whose work, most of us like and follow) with suggestions that his intentions may not be honorable. There are comments that suggest that Dustin did not receive any requests etc ... now how the hell does someone know what requests/comments Dustin has received? are they Psychics? or did they read every single request he has received from every single source, including for his 1400+ posts in CR? or did they hack into Dustin's inbox? What is not fine is when a few
of the members behaving just like a cheap media house i.e. latch on to a popular guy and make him look like a dishonorable person ... that's just sick and a low life thing to do.