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I think Steinheimer referred to them as “…good ideas that fell on their ass.” Something to that effect anyway but he had boxes of them. In my opinion Phillip Hastings was better at using the classic rules of photography, made some great stuff and is still being published 60 years later. Steinheimer’s willingness to take a risk and do something different was what made him a great photographer. Look through his photos and you’ll see a wide use of harsh contrast, back lighting and shots from the shadow side. All things that would make RP cringe but he used them to capture an emotion you don’t get sticking to the strict “rules” of photography. He wasn’t born knowing how to do it. He learned.
The burnt out feeling can be a calling to do something different. Try using the train or railroad in general to capture something other than just trains. Speed, weather extremes, isolation, distance for example. The environmental portrait vs. a simple portrait.
As for the internet peanuts, if they can’t form an articulate response and hold an intelligent discussion, are they worth paying attention to?