I willingly embrace that any creative or artist will have their champions, and they will have their detractors. I post most of my work here because, and I assume, anyone stopping by must enjoy my images and writing? If that is the case, then it’s very much appreciated.
Posting work on social media, especially Facebook, is a different game entirely. Until a couple of years ago, I shared just about every single photograph I’d made throughout various photography groups, all of which were inhabited by absolute strangers, thousands of them. I needed that validation – that constant checking for ‘likes’, and even better, those juicy red love hearts, the positive comments and back-slapping. It’s all very addictive, but like all addictions, it’s pointless and unhealthy. What I realised was that I’d become obsessive, not about the positive feedback, but the odd shitty remark and angry emoji. What I learned, painfully, was that I had gone against my lifelong mission statement of – “There’s a lot of shit talked about photography, but you go out, take a photo of something you like, if you enjoy that image then it’s a good photo. It’s that simple.”
I still post the odd image on Facebook, mainly in street photography groups; they continue to receive negative feedback from people who I neither know nor care about, but it’s all good with me.
One of the most comments I get is, “Anyone could take those” – well go on then, off you go…