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No portfolio...why?


10 Jul 2013 11:08AM
I would like to offer a topic for discussion. I have noticed that few members of EPZ have empty portfolios. No photos, greetings or basic info about themselves. Why so stealthy? While it is quite understandable with new members those have not much to show yet, or simply too shy - this gets at least puzzling with the guys that were around for a while. Are you one of them? Even if not - it would be interesting to see some opinions on this paradox. Really, how is it possible to be a hunter without a trophy or a modeller without models? Yet we see some photographers without photographs.

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pulsar69 10 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 11:22AM
Some are not photographers but marketing gimps who like to push their wares and join in chats occasionally to flog their links
Some are just lazy and never get involved

I would say there should be a time limit on how long someone can be a member and not have any input , otherwise the membership numbers are a bit fake

There are also plenty on here that like to argue ( sorry chat ) and never post a photo to back any of their thoughts or views up , thats even more ridiculous to me
robthecamman 3 1.4k United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 11:23AM
must admit iv wondered that too Smile
franken e2
12 3.3k 4 Wales
10 Jul 2013 11:50AM
I agree, as I can't see the point of joining a photography site without participating with uploads etc.

I have noticed a few people who don't upload images although they want you to link with their web site instead which is strange?

Ken.
SteveCharles 12 2.3k 18 England
10 Jul 2013 12:00PM
I used to think the same, over 10 years here I had a portfolio, won a couple of EC's, a POTW, but I started disagreeing with some things, deleted my PF, and drifted away. I've recently started dipping my toe in the site again, reading the forums, contributing a bit if a thread interests me or I can offer an opinion, but the gallery here doesn't really hold any interest for me anymore. I'm not much into the type of work that largely gets uploaded here, and although I uploaded a couple of shots recently - and will upload more no doubt - I'm actually pretty indifferent to what people think about my work here now. So I understand perfectly now how it's possible to like the interaction of the forum without partaking in the gallery side.
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
10 Jul 2013 12:03PM
It all comes back to the same old thing: everybody uses the site in their own way and for their own reasons. There's no compulsion to upload your photos if you don't want to, any more than you have to contribute to the forums. There's little sense in speculating as to the reasons people do what they do, and far less in ascribing motive. Why view it as "stealth"?
Ade_Osman e2
11 4.5k 36 England
10 Jul 2013 12:05PM

Quote:There are also plenty on here that like to argue ( sorry chat ) and never post a photo to back any of their thoughts or views up , thats even more ridiculous to me


Ain't that the truth......Perhaps they have a fear of being found out Wink Or is that just me being the argumentative and confrontational git that I've been accused of today Blush
10 Jul 2013 12:23PM
I'm a bitch today is this what you mean:

http://www.ephotozine.com/user/thewilliam-85059

Now im off to hide. Grin
10 Jul 2013 12:24PM
Ade you might be a argumentative and confrontational git but a nice one at that.
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 12:43PM

Quote:I'm actually pretty indifferent to what people think about my work here now. So I understand perfectly now how it's possible to like the interaction of the forum without partaking in the gallery side.


I'd second that.
Dann 1 221
10 Jul 2013 12:46PM
What Steve Charles says - word for word.

I was a member for 9yrs under my actual name and left, but I decided that there are too many friends here to walk away completely. Some I have PM'd and they know I'm back. Besides, there is no getting away from the fact the site site is a wealth of information.

Like Charles:


Quote:I'm actually pretty indifferent to what people think about my work here
10 Jul 2013 12:57PM

Quote:What Steve Charles says - word for word.

I was a member for 9yrs under my actual name and left, but I decided that there are too many friends here to walk away completely. Some I have PM's and they know I'm back. Besides, there is no getting away from the fact that site site is wealth of information.

Like Charles:

I'm actually pretty indifferent to what people think about my work here


Thanks for your comments, Dan and Steve. It is a pity that you were forced to leave - but I can understand that, and thank you for coming back. I hope everyone will agree that we need people like you that put their love of photography over anyone's personal ambitions and attitudes. Pity though that you decided not to show us the results of your creativity and dedication - but that's up to you. Hope, you will reconsider anywhere soon.Smile
answersonapostcard e2
10 12.7k 15 United Kingdom
10 Jul 2013 2:08PM

Quote:It all comes back to the same old thing: everybody uses the site in their own way and for their own reasons. There's no compulsion to upload your photos if you don't want to, any more than you have to contribute to the forums. There's little sense in speculating as to the reasons people do what they do, and far less in ascribing motive. Why view it as "stealth"?


yep, there are so many ways to use the site and if you don't want to use the gallery then you don't have too, but personally I find it interesting to see what any members photography is like, I love looking at other peoples work. Its frustrating though to get forum posts claiming this that and the other and not get the slightest bit of 'evidence' even when asked for, its useful so I don't understand the problem - unless of course its down to 'stealth members' and they do exist (not that many though), and not hard to spot on most occasions. And I might add that anyone using a 'stealth' account for malicious reasons is swiftly dealt with Grin
10 Jul 2013 2:13PM
Seems to be a bit of a theme here.

I first joined in 2004 and took out membership, but drifted away like many others after about 5 years.

I have to say though, since i re-joined a couple of months ago i've really enjoyed being part of the site again.
10 Jul 2013 2:19PM
Due to family issues I haven't done much photography in the last year or so, but still like to look at the gallery from time to time, and follow some of the forums. Still learn and laugh at the humour...
Dorothy

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