Successful artists with any sort of longevity have one thing in common.
A thick skin.
This defensive armor helps protect against a steady stream of awful things people say about their work in particular and art in general.
While it’s true that these insults are rarely intentional, that doesn’t mean they’re not painful.
Every artist owes it to themselves to ignore unsolicited criticisms. As Seth Godin says, you won’t improve by reading one-star reviews of your work.
It never hurts to cut the detractors some slack from time to time. Most critics want to be an artist. The reverse isn’t true.
Suit up and let the armor do its job.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.