Rather Ethereal

If you’re a lucky artist, you’ll have a network of trusted people to view your work before it goes out into the world.

The purpose isn’t to get some hosannas or high fives even though they are nice.

I’m talking about someone who isn’t afraid to point out your glaring errors or to nudge you away from mistakes.

“Are you sure you want to do this?” That’s a question worth a lot.

The best feedback is when one of these informed critics points out a strength or benefit that got overlooked during the creation phase.

This portrait from earlier in the week was critiqued by my friend in Vancouver.

His response was brief and to the point. He said, “it’s rather ethereal.”

Not only is that high praise, but it reframed the way I had originally envisioned the shot. This photograph is a bit of a stylistic departure for me. It’s encouraging to know that I’m on the right track.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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