Quote Originally Posted by johnielvis View Post
instructor, eh...well, it looks like you're forced to give him what he wants if you want a passing grade.
if you care about the class, then suffer--find out what he means first--just tell him the truth, that you do not understand what he means and ask him to clarify, with examples if possible.
THEN--do what he says, get the grade and go BACK to what you WANT to do--never let ANYbody tell you what's good and what's not--that's YOUR call with your work.

HOWEVER--when you are being paid by someone, its THEIR call--and being graded is just like being paid. If the customer (instructior) don't like it, you dont' get paid (passing grade).

You've had your fun, now it's time to "suffer." Just like other photogs that must do junk work for money to fund their REAL work that they like.
Very good reply johnielvis. The instructor certainly doesn't appear to have communication skills from simply saying the images are too safe. Was Ansel Adams too safe because he photographed predominately landscapes for nearly 60 years. Was Weston safe because he did a series of at least 30 Peppers. Is Sally Man safe because she photographs the way she does. We see these photographers at the top of their craft yet in reality most of their work could be considered safe from the perspective of a continuing style. Each of these photographers has an approach that they became comfortable with and then refined in the execution of the majority of their work. Expanding your horizons can be good if you fully appreciate what clicks with you creatively. Expanding your horizons just because someone plucks the hackneyed term "safe" out of the air without much guidance might cause you to get out of your comfort zone but fail to produce any work that you truly relate to and own emotionally. One man's safe may be another man's terrifying. You may very well benefit from a dose of terrifying but you need the boundaries of what that terrifying is.