I’ve long given up trying to be uber-popular at the place that hosts my gallery. I’d love to be one of those artists who uploads something and it immediately goes viral, garnering craploads of views/comments/favorites. But it’s just not going to happen. I’ve received more than my fair share of DD’s, and always enjoy a boost in popularity after them, but it quickly dissipates. But I have a nice, loyal core audience (many of whom are talented artists themselves), and some pretty intense fans, as well, who really *get* me. I occasionally sell prints…so the way I see it, I don’t have a whole lot to complain about. Plus, you know, I’m an adult, and an adult worrying about “Favorites” seems a bit unseemly to me. But, I’m sorry, I really must complain about this.
Here are two works, each using the same stock photo of a girl holding a golden egg. One has 290 comments and over 200 Favorites. One has under 30 comments and 101 Favorites. But which one is clearly, objectively, superior? In every way?
I mean, I barely consider the top piece a manipulation.
Which piece is more lush, more evocative, more creative, more whimsical? It’s no contest*.
Eh, I’m used to this. It just gets frustrating sometimes.
*Oh, wait. It’s ALWAYS a contest. Life is a contest! VALIDATE ME! VALIDATE ME! VALIDATE ME!