A quote from an Amazon review of a particular photography book:

As listless and lackluster collection of photographs as any I’ve ever seen. The author appears to believe that one needn’t possess talent (which he doesn’t) to make photographs, one has only to talk a good game.

One of those books that angers me to my core, a work of profound hypocrisy.
~The Lying Thief

From time to time, I’ll have a look at photography how-to books. I’ll read the glowing comments as well as the ones that are not so glowing. I’ll read the 5-star ratings as well as the 1-star ratings. Usually, people seem to be quite civil in their assessment of a particular work. If they gave it 1-star, they will indicate why and give their opinion. I’m cool with that. Every once in a while, though, you’ll find someone who, instead of pointing out the deficiency of the book, in their opinion, will engage in an ad-hominem attack of the author, for seemingly no reason, or none that I knew of.

I wonder if this same person would have the nerve, gall, cajones to say the same thing in person. Doubtful. On a personal level, I rather admire those who have completed a book, or any other long term project that, whether or not they put it before the fickle, public eye. It is quite a task in and of itself, just to get it done. No matter the book, though, there are the detractors. Sometimes, the reviews might be 99% in favor, but there is just no pleasing some people – no matter what you do, someone can find fault with it, and that’s just the way it is, but what has become of decency and politeness?

It’s so easy to hide behind a veil of anonymity and spew forth their particular brand of bitterness. In the case of this book, I own it. It was an interesting read, though I didn’t find much that I didn’t know, if anything. It was a good book for beginners, in that respect, I might have given it 3 of 5 stars.

You have to believe it yourself
Framing: Another experience

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