Yep. This sounds familiar. My final paper in Philosophy of Art was about interpretation ruining art. Susan Sontag's Against Interpretation is a great essay on the subject. Also, I covered this to some extent in a thread a while ago.
I once deconstructed some photos people brought in for critique. What a mess!
I think deconstructed images should be defined as turning them into jigsaw puzzles.
Firstly, everyone has an opinion.
Secondly, everyone needs to make a living.
That brings us the uncomfortable bedfellows known as art and commerce.
Part of the art side consists of artists, schools, teachers and of course serious bullshitters and failed artists.
Part of the commerce side consists of agents, galleries, salespeople, media writers and of course serious bullshitters and failed artists.
Put them all together and you've got the clusterfuck that is ART.
Maybe I'm the exception; I don't know. While I like it when others appreciate my work to the point that they shell out hard earned cash for one of my works, selling my work never really enters my mind as I pursue what I love so much to do.
Am I the only one here who makes their living elsewhere, so that we can sustain our passion of being photographers/artists?
I generally agree with your statement, but would like some clarification on the commerce thing.
My comment was not about art but about ART.
What you do is art. ART is the phenomena that happens when the middlemen/women appear on the scene to help in the creation, marketing and distribution of art.
Unfortunately artists are rarely good at commerce, therein lies the vacuum.