“Your photos are big, silent, and childish”, he said.
You might remember that I took a photo walk around Osaka with my two friends from work (we visited the Church of the Light as well as the pleasure quarters of Osaka). They recently had an exhibition in a small gallery where they had been taking photography lessons, and they invited me to it. So, on a beautiful sunny Saturday I took the train to Osaka, bringing my camera with me as nearly always and shooting away happily.
I arrived at the gallery and let my buddies show me around. Afterwards, we sat around, chatted, had some donuts. At some point, the owner of the gallery became interested in my camera, so I showed it to him, along with the photos I had taken on that day. He thumbed through them, looking at them on the dim, broken screen of my camera, considering them calmly and then said: “Your photos are big, silent, and childish”.
I keep coming back to those words and still cannot decide if it was a compliment, an insult or just an observation. Is he right? Judge for yourself.