Censorship and judgement on APUG and in the world...
I've been giving a lot of thought about a piece of work of mine that has come under criticism. The main thing that bothered me most wasn't that the image was criticized as being bad for aesthetic reasons like the composition or lighting etc, but for the title and the subject matter. The title and subject matter had to do with something that plagues the modeling world, anorexia/bulimia.
I come to APUG because of it's strong foundation of talented individuals, the ability to discuss film and the knowledge base that helps improve my ability to develop photos in a non digital fashion. I don't really come here to be criticized about who I am as a person, nor my perspective on the world, especially since an online persona is only a vague interpretation of who I am and what I represent. What bothers me most about judgement is that, from an outside perspective you never really know the truth, you don't know me or my personality, you don't see my own pain or my perspective, you don't see anything but an image, and a title, something that does not sum up the embodiment of who I am, or what the entire scope of a piece of work is about, I guess some of that is part of what the error in film is, in that it takes but a moment and not a larger scope. But I didn't post it in the critique forum, I posted it in the members gallery, to display some of my work and styles. To me, the point of posting anything here, especially here, is to be guided and supported and encouraged, but not to be treated as less than human, and told you are basically scum. I expect that kind of thing if I were to have an opening somewhere in a gallery, there will always be criticism from the outside world, but this is inside, this is the world of photographers, what should be a sort of safe haven from all of that.
I know another image that came under fire semi-recently I never saw it, but hearing the subject matter I was surprised. Maybe because this is specifically film and not specifically a model/fashion/portrait arena there are some that don't understand the scope of the genre my piece was in. It's not even the final piece I would use to hang, but rather an additional image I chose because it prevented the viewer from seeing any nudity which I felt was best to keep off of the internet.
I guess I'm posting this out of frustration. I'm not a bad person, not even a little bit. And to be referred to so harshly and hurtfully, it really bothered me. There were in fact two pieces that were referenced in the attack, but in different ways, but from the same individual, who is supposedly a respected member of this group, but yet, I can't understand how she could be so hurtful toward me saying the things she said, without knowing anything about me, that she could be so respected. You don't spit on someone and then get praise, or you shouldn't.
I have this philosophy about censorship, it's a main theme in a project I'm working on, and so unlike the other person whom's work came under scrutiny, I refuse to take mine down.
I'm not writing this to stir up trouble even though I recognize that is most likely an outcome, but I'm posting to ask...
Is this a place where we should only post pretty trees and scenery and close up portraits of faces using old school wet plates, but not a place to post any kind of modeling work? Is that the line? I thought great art is about invoking emotion and empathy with the subject, to see and also to participate in that moment, but to take that in with us, to share the joy or the pain, but not to redirect it elsewhere.
Am I wrong? I'm truly afraid to post more of my work now, I have much to share, but now, I hesitate with every image, is this the environment we wish to foster here? one of fear?... this poll is written almost in jest, but I figure it's a good way to judge how I next choose to share my work.
EDIT: Because not everyone is a subscriber I'm being asked about the image... for those non-subscribers...