Your weaker work may be better than you think

When you look back at some of the work you have done, whether it be in the office, drawing, photography, writing, or poetry, you will probably have a rough idea in your mind what was your better work and what was not. The question is, are you correct?

Firstly this is a bit of an unfair question, as people produce things for many reasons. If you are producing something purely for yourself for example, then what you think is your best work is correct. However, putting that aside for a moment assume you are putting your work “out there”. Assume you do care what the general public, your friends and family think of your work. Would they agree with what is good and what is not?

My friend Matt is a keen (and dare I say “rather good”) photographer. He has embarked on “Project 365” which, for those of you not in the know, is a project whereby he takes at least one photo every day for a year, and publishes it on Flickr.

I tend to look at the daily photo every day, and sometimes there are a few. The other day he posted 3 photos of paragliders (he does that too, dontcha know!). I immediately said I love one of them, the second is pretty good albeit a bit “normal”, and not as keen on the last one (hey, he asked for honest critique!).  The thing we laughed about is my opinion was the EXACT opposite of his. While he understood my opinion, his take on it was different.

Who was right and who was wrong? Hard to say really, having just 2 opinions, it will be interesting to see your comments on what you think of the 3 candidates.


paraglider 1

paraglider 2

paraglider 2

paraglider 3

paraglider 3

My point over and above finding out which photo is best, is more to make the point that if you have produced some work that you are questioning “putting out there”, because you think you have done better, do it anyway, or at least get a second opinion.

Some of our best work is often something we did not think much of at the time.

2 replies
  1. Louise
    Louise says:

    I have to agree with you about difference of opinions. We are all different people and we sometimes see something as being good based on how we perceive things to be. I must say I prefer Pic 1, then 3 and then 2.

  2. Matthew
    Matthew says:

    there have been a number of ocassions where my favourite shot has been my least popular and the quick snap is the one that everyone raves about…. very frustrating…

    Louise: you have just proven the point, that is the total opposite to what I thought… the quick snap is 1, 3 was not really one I put much thought into and 3 was the technically most difficult as the sun is directly into the camera, but exactly the way I wanted it to come out.



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