Can you be open and tell your opinion to your friend (contact) on social media (Facebook, Flickr, Instagram etc)? Can you tell, frankly, what you think?
I don’t think so. From my own experience. When I said something what I thought about someone’s work, I was blocked and un-friended. What I did was, that I disagreed with the opinion. With the photographs that the person was publishing and I expressed my opinion. It was nothing offensive.
People on social media want (in general) positive feedback, likes, support. They want confirmation that they are doing it well. And people often use it for self promotion.
When you step out of this social pattern (behavior), you are bad.
Ever tried to write something like “I really don’t like your photo, because…” to someone on Facebook or Flickr? Not likely. I know it happens, but it is rare. I don’t like it either, but it is necessary sometimes.
But telling someone that his/her work is good while thinking opposite is the worst thing we could do.
So what I wanted to say, social media and photography, it is good for building audience. But, that kind of audience that appreciates and likes your work. You will not, most likely, hear disagreement. It is good to build self confidence, but bad for personal growth. And also, it can also guide you to a wrong path, because if you listen the voice of “likes”, you don’t listen to your own voice.
Ostrava- Svinov, February 2017