This, I think, is a subjective topic to write about; it however has been on my mind for quite some time. This post contains my own personal views and experiences, and the images within are my early images from the first few months of having my Nikon D3300. Its was my second DSLR, but my first camera I'd owned in close to 8 years.
“A pure heart does not demean the spirit of an individual, it, instead, compels the individual to examine his spirit.” ― Criss Jami, Killosophy
Since then I've joined a number of photography communities and received criticism, ask for and unasked for, and have grown as a photographer. The reason for my using my early images is simply because there are a lot of people out there who cannot take criticism of their work and even more people, who cannot give criticism in a constructive manner.
I have had the experience of meeting individuals who will always give constructive criticism, but when their work is criticized, they say things like "rules are meant to be broken" and "photography is subjective. These are all true but then they turn around and tell others "the fundamental rule of photography you broke here is..." and "when taking a photo you need to make sure you don't..."
Now I do believe it is important to know the basic rules of photography and when to break those rules. God knows I've made some very unflattering images. But the purpose of this post is to get the point across that you can criticism without being hypocritical, and without being an outright bully in your community. Critiques should come from a place of encouragement, not in the form of tearing someone down to lift yourself.
Saying that people get offended because you are honest is not a good way to look at it. You can be honest and not insulting. Critique is integral in the growth of any individual, in any endeavor. Use the responsibility of, knowing more than the person, or having more experience, to help others grow. Be a shining light in your community, not a dark shadow. That is a surefire way to insert more negativity into your own life.
There are many who's critiques bear no weight with me, because while they may be good critiques, I have no place for the bully mentality in my life. Do you agree? If not, or if you have your own experiences and views on constructive/destructive criticism please let me know in the comments.