Quote Originally Posted by rbarker
Photography, like most arts and/or crafts, is a means of communication. Not everyone will get the same message, or have the same impression of an image. Thus, the relevance of the critiques is perhaps better viewed as a pool of comments, enabling you to determine whether your "communication methods" are working for a majority of people. Even then, however, that has to be balanced with the desire for self-expression.
That quote is getting jotted down, and will join the other quotes on my darkroom wall

Comments are mostly like water off a ducks back to me, as the last sentence in your qoute pretty much sums it up. I have found though, that if a comment sticks in my craw and pisses me off, there's usually a kernel of truth to it.