Art is an extremely subjective matter. As such, your work will not appeal to everyone, and will be harshly criticized and even rejected
. I'll be honest. I have taken rejection personally and let it bother me. I would wonder "what is wrong with my work, why doesn't s/he see value in it?" The bottom line is that people have different taste, and you cannot expect everyone to appreciate your artwork.I submitted the 10 images above to a popular photography blog. They were rejected, and I wondered why. Who cares, it just doesn't matter.
I often show my photos to my friend, and he stares blankly at me as if to ask "what is this, is this supposed to be art?" It has become a running joke, and I know how he will respond every time I show him a new photo. I shoot all kinds of ordinary subjects which may not seem artistic to a lot of people. I capture my various surroundings in my own unique perspective, and that's all that matters.
In creating your work, the most important thing is that it is meaningful to you, and you alone. In this day and age of likes and follows, it is easy to fall into a popularity trap. If you don't get a lot of likes on a particular image or attract a lot of followers on your social media pages, you may start to question the quality of your work. Of course everyone wants recognition, and to have their work appreciated by a lot of people.
I see some people leaving nasty comments on groups that rejected their artwork. My advice is not to worry about it, and submit your work to other groups. I left some comments asking why some of my images were rejected, but then hid them. I was curious, and wanted to know their criteria for not accepting my pictures. It just doesn't matter, and wondering why it was not approved is a total waste of time and energy.
Do yourself a favor, and NEVER take rejection personally. It doesn't mean that your work sucks or that you should give up and pursue something else. The only thing it means is that one person – or group of people – did not appreciate your work, or that it didn't fit a particular theme or style of a certain exhibit (or group here on DeviantArt).Stay true to yourself and your unique perspective, and keep creating meaningful work.
– Marshall Reyher
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