Maryland Americana Larry Cohen September 12, 2013 Issue 189, Photo Essay 4 Comments MadWolfMurtog A little critique: Photographs should always be more than just an awkward camera angle of an everyday object. They should tell a story, or force your perspective: this is what a true photograph is. Everything above looks like a “snap and shoot.” It doesn’t seem like time was put in to consider their effect. Many of these photos are riddled with negative space that draws the eye. To me, the only photo that is seemingly interesting is the third one, because it forces your perspective, but again, it doesn’t keep my attention long because their is no subject matter, no substance. Sorry if I’m being harsh, just my two cents. Anonymous Photographs shouldn’t always be anything. “True photograph”? I can’t take any critique seriously that judges creativity with absolutes. It suggests that the critic is omnipotent, which is likely not the case. Larry Cohen Awesome. Love it. Thanks for offering your opinion. I’ve spent years in brutal SP critique groups, so it’s nice to see someone give a thought out one here, truly. That said, the limits to your thought is baffling & I assume you shoot that way too- limited. Right? THAT’s what I’ve learned in critique, that is says more about where the one who critiques a shot is, than the photo itself. So please, link to your own work or at the least, link to someone who shot The State Fair better in 2013. In good light & bad, day & night, natural light & flash- on camera & off, close & distant. Please. Honest man, I could take’m or leave’m, but if you think the teacup & the walkway/firework shots aren’t done with precise compositional intent & good use of light, I’d retire from commenting. Peace, LC/ISB knicole I genuinely believe that both compositionally and in narrative, this photo series is beautiful and thought provoking- I also appreciate that the photographer took the time to take them and assembled them here so that we can appreciate and share this perspective of the fair.