gonzogolf wrote in post #17880150
Its explained after you've suckered people I to see an image that doesnt deliver on its promise, and then the explanation is lame. I expected to see a portrait of a person, a self portrait. There is no portrait of any kind. Just a fireworks shot.
I'm sorry you feel like a sucker. (Or to anyone else that feels the same way.) That was not my intention. This is the first time in 3.5 years anyone has had such a negative reaction this photo, or its title and the story behind it. I've certainly had criticisms, but nobody has felt suckered before. I would like to think that I am the first person to create a self portrait without a person in the image, but I'm hardly that creative. Heck, I've even seen competitions where that was the theme.
saea501 wrote in post #17880316
Wow, Gonzo......a bit over the top there, buddy.
It's not all that big a deal.
I agree. But everybody's feelings are valid, even when we don't agree with them. As far as art being there to illicit a response, I'd say this has been successful. I can't control people's reactions, only hope to incite strong ones. Everyone has their own reaction. The vast majority of responses I've gotten have been positive, oh wow that's cool type of responses. But I can take someone thinking that setting up the camera ahead of time, and getting the framing just right to go and set off fireworks while also triggering the camera is "lame". Or that doing it is the exact same thing as "just a fireworks shot." I don't feel that way, I don't call the photos I've created where I set up the camera, set off the fireworks, but have my girlfriend trigger the shutter a self portrait, and I'm not changing the title just because he thinks he's been "suckered."
Some people are just very literal, and he can't accept the concept the those specific fireworks are an extension of me. The scene representing me. The tripod was setup in my parents' backyard, where I grew up for 18 years and those trees and scene are something that I looked at my entire childhood. A place where I used to play hot box with the neighbors. So to me, it very much represents me and my roots. Even if were some other location, I'd still call this shot a self portrait. Some people like abstraction, others don't. Some people like jazz where you play the wrong note intentionally, others prefer classical music. I also have a photograph of a camera on a tripod, where I held a mirror in front of a camera that was on a timer which I call a self-portrait. But there is no "portrait of a person" in that photo, so I'm guessing he'd have the same reaction looking at the photo too, rather than appreciate the recursive, self-referential nature of the artwork.