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nothsafoto
15 Sep 2005 - 1:01 AM

I have been trying to figure what motivates people to upload images to gallery sites such as EPZ or PBase or the miriad other forum/gallery sites available.

Are we seeking advice or guidance regarding our skills by showing our images and wanting genuine comments?

Are we seeking gratification and praise of our obvious talent as photographers and image makers?

Are we wanting to show our peers what incredible subjects there are out there to point a lens at?

Are we seeking a forum to display our works for financial gain?

I'd be curious to know your motives.

Rob

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conrad
conrad  1010874 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2005 - 1:10 AM

Guidance when I need it (so most times), and a bit of praise when I've used the guidance received to get good results.

Conrad

IanBW
IanBW  965 forum posts United Kingdom
15 Sep 2005 - 1:12 AM

I Take pictures to be looked at, not to languish in a drawer, an album or on a hard disc somewhere. Whilst I don't post many to EPZ, I have a website of my own and I post to another coupls of websites so I distribute my pictures fairly widely.

As for getting guidance, if it's useful yes, there's always another worthwhile point of view, or a new idea to be had.

Gratification, no. I don't want praise for praises sake. I like my pictures, that's all that matters to me.

Incredible subjects. There's no doubt that EPZ covers a much wider diversity of subject than other photo sites, but then I doubt there is anyone who is interested in the full range of subjects on offer. I would guess that most people will specialise in one or two areas and not touch all.

Financial gain. Possibly, but EPZ is not necessarily the best or even the correct site to try and advertise your skills to potential clients. After all, they may just find someone else whose work they prefer on this site !!.

Ian

suleesia
suleesia  10176 forum posts Malaysia
15 Sep 2005 - 1:47 AM

all of the above, and don't forget the ECs.

JEFFERIES
JEFFERIES  957 forum posts
15 Sep 2005 - 2:09 AM

Why is, why do, why not, what for, how come, why?

questions, awnsers, statements

me i do it coz i wanna

Luke

Oh and it gives me a outlet for my photos :O)

Tooth
Tooth  95772 forum posts Ireland227 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2005 - 3:33 AM

To get my photos seen by a lot of people who aren't just of the "o that's good, you must have a good camera". To share a passionate hobby with others of the same ilk. To get advice and to give it to others, to improve my photography : and yes to get a bit of praise. But I hope in that order

strawman
strawman  1022006 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2005 - 3:43 AM

Lots of reasons.

To learn to see what others thing, to get useful insight and sometimes for curiosity. Some days becuase you think its great will others think so? to have something to talk about?

But less these days than I used to.

Davina
Davina  9108 forum posts
15 Sep 2005 - 3:44 AM

I submit photos as I am self taught I need to see that what I am doing is

1.Is the correct use and technique

2.The desired effect comes across.

3.An unbiased opinion.

I try and learn from others but put my own spin on it.Its vital for me to get critique as I want to make a profession out of what I do. I love it, but its good that people are honest.
Yes its a boost when you get good feedback, but its just as important to get pointed out for flaws, as I often don't see a small detail which would have made all the difference.
Its the only way I learn at the moment, till I find the courage to go to uni.

Davina

foxybrown
foxybrown  9368 forum posts
15 Sep 2005 - 4:36 AM

i do it to show off my work. im a vain person Grin photography is an art, i guess people share their pictures to get get recognition and praise. what good is art locked away if people cant appreciate it?

nigelf22
nigelf22  10583 forum posts
15 Sep 2005 - 4:44 AM

Because I am anti-Terrance Donovan.

robertnorbury
15 Sep 2005 - 4:58 AM

I post my pictures on here and other sites, to share them with others. My pictures generally are conceived as art. I wonder what the motives of some people are when I look at the myriads of pictures of flowers and butterflies. Why would anyone want to look at a close-up of a conker for example?

lobsterboy
lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014140 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2005 - 5:05 AM

Blimey Robert, you realy don't seem to like my latest shot.

As for what motivates me, a desire to get feedback to progress both technically and artistically (long way to go still..).

Chris

answersonapostcard
answersonapostcard Site Moderator 1012603 forum postsanswersonapostcard vcard United Kingdom15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2005 - 5:05 AM

A close up of a conker may be considered art by some people, its all subjective. I happen to think that conker shows vision and artistic merit myself but that is just my opinion. Perhaps you could show us how to take an artistic picture of a conker Robert???

For me posting pictures is to gain feedback and hopefully improve my photography. Its also a form of self expression.

agoreira
agoreira  106001 forum posts Wales
15 Sep 2005 - 5:14 AM

I post my pictures on here and other sites, to share them with others. My pictures generally are conceived as art.

Not by me, they are not. It's as well we all don't like the same thing.

I wonder what the motives of some people are when I look at the myriads of pictures of flowers and butterflies. Why would anyone want to look at a close-up of a conker for example?

Or a bunch of carrots or a window? The only thing I would say about your portfolio, is it's different, but there is nothing there that does anything for me.

ardbeg77
ardbeg77  101214 forum posts Sao Tome and Principe6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Sep 2005 - 5:24 AM


Quote: Why would anyone want to look at a close-up of a conker for example?

Surely a true artist could find art in any subject matter if suitably presented?

Genuine question - why do you get to decide what the rest of us are allowed to find interesting and artistic?

Steve

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