This discussion is sparked from the continuing saga of the -1 button usage in the Photo-a-day thread. The anonymity of it all seems to be the biggest issue. Who did it? What for? Why my image?
As artists, we all create works that aren't just a pretty picture, but rather a representation of our mindset in a sense that we portray what we consider to be great imagery. With that comes the hope of praise, but also the expectation of criticism and even distaste for what someone creates.
Artistic expression is one of the most personal things someone can share. It's you, completely exposed.
About a year and a half ago I came across the story and images of Ryan Muirhead. What he creates are some of the most peaceful yet torrid images I've experienced. His intrepid ability to deal his pain through such beautiful artistry is a talent I'll never match. His work single handily inspired me. His expressions are not protected from a negative response. Recently he made a post to social media about the negative and hateful responses to what he does because it's viewed as "sexual" and "degrading" simply because he uses exposed bodies in his work.
We all share our imagery here as a community. Some find beauty in portraits, others find it in landscapes, birds, flowers and street scenes. Art is meant to spark emotion. If something makes you uncomfortable is that not living out it's purpose? Does that make it a negative image or does that make you a negative person? Why not come to understand that answer before hitting -1 on an internet forum?
I'd like to propose this as an outlet to share who we are as artists and pose questions as to why we do what we do. To better understand what we create as individuals makes for a better community.