Not a lot of photography. I've working on some shadow box ideas, and getting ready to make a Saya (Japanese sword scabbard) and trying to get those drawing skills back. I've found that it's not like riding a bike. *%^#%**@%%#$
I am sure that many of you have noticed the same things. Let's say you put up an image that you just love and maybe seven people like it, then you put up one you aren't that sure of and fifty or a hundred people love it. You may even get a DD for it. Of course the opposite will take place also. My own feelings about an image will change over time, sometimes even within a couple of days. I started casually noticing what some like in an image and often that carries over to other images, not just within a certain category. It can be tone, emotion, color, or whatever. What is it in ourselves that draws us to a piece of art? Why does one piece draw strongly and a similar one leave one flat? For a couple weeks I've been paying some attention to this, not to see what elements I need to include to get a favorable response, but to understand the individual. When I started to examine the things that draw me in, I realized, most of the time I don't know either, often it's just the mood I am in. Is it simply an emotional connection, but what emotions and why are they there at one moment and not the next? This tells me it's not always about fine technique displayed in a piece that attracts us. Do know what attracts you and why? I think I'll give up analyzing (as interesting as it can be) and just keep going with "the gut."