How to have my photography appreciated, or mean something?

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Flowchart Senior Member • Posts: 1,749
Re: How to have my photography appreciated, or mean something?

If you really want appreciation - and no I am not talking about likes or upvotes on social media you could try shooting local events, companies or even local historical buildings / sites, people who are interested in these things are usually highly appreciative of the documentation.
I've told about this before on this site but here goes again, I often walk around with my camera and whenever I met someone walking their dogs I began asking if I could take a couple of photos of them. It immediately became evident how much they love their pets and I always made sure to have a chat with the owners; even the most grumpy owner lit up when talking about their dogs -

the result was somewhat overwhelming with the PMs and tagging on social media, so much that I got bored - but it also gave me local recognition and non-canine related offers. This was a couple of years ago and I am currently thinking of an exhibition or a book as many of these dogs have passed away but the still mean a lot to their owners.
People with a deep interest in cars/bikes is another passionate group, as ar store owners.

Bottom line, shoot peoples passions.

I won't hijack you thread but here are some photos to illustrate what I did.

river251 wrote:

Please don't get down on me for this, it's a bit of soul searching I'm doing as I move toward getting back into photography. I have not been doing much for a few years.

Essentially, I end up with thousands of photographs stored on my hard drives. There are a handful that I think are pretty good shots that I enjoy looking at. I'm lucky to live in a spot where, with the scenery here, I can go out and take great numbers of beautiful photos---give credit to the environment. But putting the effort into going out and shooting, or carrying my gear along as I travel, seems in part pointless. I don't exhibit at galleries, I don't sell photographs at the farmer's market---generally nobody sees my photos. And this seems to me like practicing guitar but never playing out at clubs, restaurants, etc.

I've had a decent camera for ten years, and was able to recently upgrade to something nicer. But the prospect of getting out with it has me asking, "for what?" I want people to see and appreciate my work (well not everyone would like every photo but you know what I mean). When people like it, and even better if somebody bought something---even for $10, I would feel actualized from my photography. It would feel good to work at it. I have a decent income from my day job; I'm not out to make a lot of money from my photography. But if nobody likes it, or even sees it, it all seems a bit without purpose.

I think I'm past the point of enjoying it for the pleasure in the process, and liking the occasional good shot for my own pleasure. I like it when I learn a new song on the guitar, and know that I may play it in public, by booking a gig. But how to get my photography similarly presented to and appreciated by the public? I've taken photography classes at the local college, and could probably put a photo or two in their show. But what if I did? What if I won? Then what? It seems like that would provide limited satisfaction for a few times, at best.

When I'm shooting, not only do thousands of shots accumulate on my drives, but thousands of other people are shooting and producing thousands of photos too. I feel my work is lost among the ocean of photographs out there. And there are many photographers who are breathtakingly good, at a level I am far from. Many of them are regulars here. I do spend time looking at DPReview members' work quite a bit.

I've been mulling about posting this, and finally did......


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Knew very little about photography when I decided to buy the awesome Nikon D70; learned quickly that this expensive camera didn't make me a good photographer.

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