Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you do criticize them you'll be
a mile away and you'll have their shoes.
It's just a keyword problem ... try searching under, "Overpriced Garbage".
My understanding is that most of the Fauxtoshop colorization of his otherwise namby-pamby oversized postcards was done by a six-year-old on acid.
"Vocation to Solitude -- To deliver oneself up, to hand oneself over, entrust oneself completely to the silence of a wide landscape of woods and hills, or sea, or desert; to sit still while the sun comes up over the land and fills its silences with light." Thomas Merton
I have a few thoughts on Peter Lik:
(1) Like a lot of successful commodities, the quality of Lik's work seems to have been higher in the earlier days before the money started really rolling in. I assume he was much more personally involved in the workflow then. Now he seems to me more of a businessman than a photographer.
(2) Like a lot of photographers, Lik has always photographed "beauty in obvious places". This has long been a very popular strategy with the buying public and has kept many calendar and postcard manufacturers in business. Personally, I am much more interested when someone shows me the beauty that can be found in less obvious scenes.
(3) Unlike most photographers, Lik has (apparently) found a way to generate a lot of cash from his work. This always causes a lot of resentment and name-calling from other photographers who would probably adopt the same business model in a heartbeat if they thought they could make it work.
(4) From the little I have seen of him, he is not really my kind of guy. That may be a function of his marketing strategy, which obviously appeals to some.
(5) Good luck to him. His style of work may be a bit boring, but there are worse things to look at than giant postcards of pretty places.
A lot of Sour Grapes here. Consider we should be thankful that it's possible for a photographer to do well financially, and not starve like Edward Weston and Lewis Hine. His work may not be the greatest photography ever made, but remember that not everyone can have a Cadillac, it's good that there are lots of Fords and Chevys sold.
Weston did not starve, but led an incredible rich life...and gave his kids equally rich lives. Even the rich worry about money as Ed did.
Just heard a word of advise from some photographer friends...photos of Buddhas don't sell. The corporate buyers don't buy religious art -- too 'exclusive' for business.
Lik? I'll research him I suppose. But this post touched on a peeve of mine:
Why use a meaningless subject line to start a post, that requires people to have to click into the thread to figure out what it's about? It's like going to a bookstore and all the titles have been removed from the book spines. Examples of such titles: "Help! -or- What would you do? -or- Anyone know.... [with nothing after the dots]" Reading the title of a post with the unimportant half a question and then "..." is very frustrating.