I had to start on my thesis months ago and that added to the few reasons why I stopped taking pictures. Except when there's an occasion because when you have a camera (and a good one at that), you're sort of the photographer for all seasons. But dang, even the snapshots I took in those months all looked so damn ugly to me. Every single one! I was so frustrated and I thought, "What have I been doing all these years??" So I put down my camera and continued writing my screenplay to finally finish school. I thought, maybe I'm meant to leave photography behind and just focus on my film aspirations. BUT NO. NO WAY.
So what did I do about my big slump? After I finished my thesis and fixed everything for my graduation, I picked up my camera once again. Not because of any occasion but because I just missed making pretty pictures. I decided to bring it with me everyday and made it a point to take a photo of anything at all. Then slowly, you get back to your old, enthusiastic self who sees the beauty in even the littlest things. It slowly brings you back to life again. And it's exciting! So enjoy the trip downhill because the only way to go from there is back up again. Listen to criticisms and learn from them then move on.
So my tip to those feeling down about their work.. It's okay! Feel bad about it for a second but, never put down your camera. Everyone thinks they're better than everyone. That's how it works! And what's popular and trendy isn't necessarily what's great. Keep on doing what you love and aim to satisfy yourself and yourself only! :)