The epitome of building people up through situational feedback.

My Husband is a brilliant street photographer, I wanted to share feedback he received about one of his recent hits.

Unbeknownst to him, Street Hunters featured his photo in their weekly Street Photo.

He was ecstatic to share the post with me and pointed me to their analysis of the photo:

It is obvious why this photo is killer. Jonathan has managed to combine random moments into a masterfully composed capture. The man on the left is photographing someone that is not in the frame, while standing in front of a wall with black and blue colours. The camera the man is using is blue also, which is a most pleasant coincidence that adds to the story of the photo. The girl on the far right is someone who has nothing to do with the photo the man is shooting, but she is there, in the perfect position, right in front of the blue part of the wall that is in the background. She is essential in the composition, helping the illusion of the “blue light” projecting from the man’s camera to seem more real. Jonathan Higbee saw the connection between these two strangers. He saw the illusion present itself to him and he grasped the moment – he took the shot. The colours of the wall in the background connect the man and the woman, making a story that is totally surreal. A story that can make even the most stuck-up photo critic shut up and drink the Kool-Aid. This is an awesome image and I say hats off to Hibgee!

Look at the rich detail they share in this situational analysis. What’s fantastic about their situational analysis is how much detail they go into, to describe the story they read from the photo. They’re sharing what satisfies them about this photo, something that can help you appreciate what it is they appreciate. And knowing what others appreciate is perhaps one of the hardest things for anyone to learn, it’s feedback like this that builds people up because it affords an understanding that can lead to repeated future success.

If you’re interested in leveraging feedback to build people up, you can learn more by joining me on Thursday, November 12th at 10 AM Eastern for a webinar on “A new way to look at feedback.” Webinar details and signup are available here.