Lily Tomlin once made mention in a performance of “In Search of Intelligent Life in the Universe”, of Andy Warhol’s painting of a soup can. Why is that painting art, yet the can, itself, is not?
If you read photography books, the word you always hear in photography is composition, composition, composition! If you keep reading there will be mention of the Golden Ratio.
A photograph I might consider amazing may not get another persons attention. Some people believe a photograph must be shot in color for it to be a good, others believe in black and white. I see some images as being more powerful in black-and-white than color and visa-versa. If you take a single image and show it in color and black and white, is one better or more powerful? That is when beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
To me, what makes a good photograph is an image that makes you feel something, that makes you think, something you can relate to. It touches your heart, your head and maybe even a nerve. You look at it once and you want to look at it again and again.