Don't come one step closer, buddy!
(Hey! I'm getting conflicting messages here.
All kidding aside, here are some comments.
- If I post an image, I'm thick skinned enough to expect all kinds of comments.
- As pointed out in Terry Barrett's book, photo criticism should be treated as a communal and ongoing thing: it should include comments from all critics and over a long time.
- Some photographers shoot for their own pleasure and reasons, and don't care what others have to say. Some shoot for an audience and do care deeply how the shots are received. Some are in the middle.
- If I shoot images like yours and Bobtrips' for my own pleasure, I tend to be less "careful" since they are documenting something I have experienced personally. But if I want to share these with others, I will take into consideration who the audience are and what I want to convey.
- As a photographer, one of the most difficult things of shooting such images is to convey my experience to an audience who are not present and may be clueless of the background. Unlike the photographer, they have no sense of the culture, the scale, the smell, the humidity, etc. ect. It is therefore not surprising for someone "ignorant" like myself to arrive at the conclusion that Ray's dancer is wiping something off her foot! One way I handle this kind of shot is trying to put myself in the shoes of such an audience and ask myself will the shot work.
This is way OT, and perhaps a new forum dedicated for image posting and comments is needed.