Softness and peace in photography

I wanted to expand a little on a comment I left on Google+ in response to David Bowden and Max Huijgen about the peculiar way this vast internet has very little space. There are many excellent highly saturated photographs on Google+, 500px, Flickr, 1x and other sites. There are many excellent high-dynamic range photographs, particularly in architecture where the form is being celebrated over the presence. There are many ultra-contrasty monochrome images. They are all well composed, they are well produced, they are visually striking and attention grabbing. They aren’t always loud but they are filled; from start to end, they sing proudly. Some of my images aim in the same direction. The problem I have, is that they become pop songs. Omnipresent, predictably perfect, histogram and colour lined up just perfectly so there’s no gaps, no discontinuity. Pop is fine, but sometimes you need discord; sometimes you need silence, a place to reflect, a place with rough edges and broken clarity (I do NOT mean Instagram filters!). But this is just conjecture. What really saddens me is that in most cases, our own eyes should be THE best experience. A photograph should stun you enough to visit a wonderful