Allow me, the always contrast to back padding, to toss in some critique.... Before I read a word, I didnt know didly squat about you, who you are and what you do and I didnt have the faintest idea what you wanted to signify with that shot.
Normally youd say a picture speaks a thousand words, in this case I feel more like the picture needed a thousand words in order to carryit across.
So is it succesful? Within a small back padding community... It might be, but as a work of art or communicative piece it falls very short. It reminds me of some of the shots of my very first film roll I shot.
So yes indeed, photography is a matter of taste and apparently also a lot about knowing the artist in this case.
Sorry, I dont want to be harsh, but it also gets sickening to see thread after thread celebrating mediocraty. For some reason the internet is riddled with the idea that one is not allowed to critize unless its based on something positive.
Sorry, I too don't mean to be harsh, but your comment is nothing more than useless utter garbage without any usefulness to anyone and nor does it provide any constructive criticism to the photographer.
You say you don't know "didly squat" about Dustin and nor did you take a minute to read who he is and what he does but you were ever so eager to provide your so called "critique", which it isn't coz the jist of your post was basically to say the photo is no good and that your bloody first roll of film produced similar images blah, blah, blah without providing how it could have been improved or provide an alternative.
Since you admit that you know "didly squat", here is some education:
Dustin is an ordained minister at a Church in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada. He is one of the most respected members in CR, with some of the BEST reviews and photographs that most CR members eagerly read and follow.
Finally, his message with the photo (which was CLEARLY mentioned in his blog, if you had cared to read before you posted rubbish) is this:
"It is a very simple photo, and yet it tells a story. Brokenness can be beautiful. I can’t tell you how many times God has taken something broken in my life and made something beautiful out of it
Now that speaks to me, because of different experiences in my life and my loved ones.
Its alright not to like a photo, but it is sickening when people just rubbish it with stupid comments that it reminds them of the images from their first roll of film etc, without providing an iota of constructive criticism
I'd like to see images, that can do justice to that message, from all you fancy pants people who are ever so eager to provide utterly useless criticism.