I need some help understanding a couple of people I know.
These are two photographers who consider themselves to be really "good".
Yet while to my eye, they are indeed outstanding technically (I cannot fault the technique, image quality as in the quantity of detail, shadow gradation and so on), the subjects they choose to take shots of all have what appears to me to be a similar problem: NO PEOPLE.
Windows, doors, ruins, flowers, fields of grass, rivers, roads with nothing on them, icebergs yes, but not even anyone in the edges or just walking away with backs to the camera in the far distance ... they have NOBODY, NONE, ZIP, NADA ... no people. NOWHERE in their shots do they EVER photograph people. I have not even seen family members in snap shots on desks or anything like that from them. Its as if they fear a monster is going to jump out and bite them if they point their beloved cameras at a person.
On reflection, apart from trees, flowers and grass, I have not seen anything living in their photographs. No pets, children ... Man! These are not professionals but enthusiasts who have the resources to get good quality gear and may even have all the very best gear delivered to them the day it is released.
Can the psychologists we have give me some input here? Is this something that you find in "club" level photographers, where they critique each others technical abilities and that is all they are interested in, or is there something else going on?