Sometimes it is too hard to separate personal feelings about a photograph to see what other people see.
While building the best of Lomowall ( http://www.lomography.com/homes/erinwoodgatesphotography/walls/119368-faves-of-2011) for a recent rumble I was able to scour through all my photos and have a trip throughout my year, from the boring moments to the incredibly exciting.
I remember during my fine art degree I always had this same problem, I had to try and take a step back, listen to other peoples opinions on my work and even though I might be attached to a certain photo and remember either how hard it was to get that shot or even it may have some kid of underlying concept which might not be seen to others viewing it, or it could just be a certain personal attachment to the photo.
The best way to get out of your head and look at the photos it to ask yourself these three questions,
- Is the photograph executed well? exposure, lighting, composition etc
- Does the photograph capture a feeling that could be conveyed to others?
- Is it compelling enough that you would still find it interesting in 10 years time?
Looking at my photos purely on these terms I would have to say that the photo below of Niagara Falls has to be my photo of the year.