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    OK, Would you still create photographs if you knew no one would ever see your work? In other words do you make photographs for yourself or for everyone else? Know where I stand...wondering how everyone else here at APUG feels.... :whistle:
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    yes.. wouldn't be that much of a change

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    Yep. Actually I kind of prefer it that way now....

    Although I DO like getting critiques from fellow APUGers since they are by far the best I have ever gotten. Constructive and useful.
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    Most of the time nobody sees my images. I photograph for myself. On occasion someone (friend or family) will see a contact sheet used as a bookmark, hanging to dry, or just in my room and will want a print. Sometimes I do shots for others as gifts (the animal photo gig is really keeping the costs down for Christmas this year). My photography is for me and I enjoy it that way as I don't have any outside pressures and can work at my own leisurely pace.
    Let's see what I've got in the magic trash can for Mateo!

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    That's what I've been doing for most of my life!

    Except a short period as part-time pro, none of my photographs have ever been intended for showing.
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    I 'take' my photographs for my own self gratifacation (is that legal?) but I must admit that there is a certain pleasure in stimulating/touching someone elses emotions, but I don't actively seek it.

    I echo what Robert Kennedy is saying that Critiques on APUG can be rewarding and a 'growing' experience

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    Probably. Nobody else has seen most of my work. Very few people have seen even a representative sampling of my photos.
    Three degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.

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    As an amateur photographer I work primarily for myself. Of course I'm happy, if somebody else likes my work, but this isn't my intention. I wouldn't be satisfied, if someone else likes a piece of my work that I don't like. My own taste is what counts for my hobbies. This is totally different in my profession, but that is (fortunately ;-)) not photography.

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    I shoot mostly for myself so very few people see my work. At times, I do portraits and cover social events for other people and that work is shown, but I would definately still be photographing for myself even if I knew no one else but me would see it.
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    Most certainly.

    I enjoy the creation and process entirely. Simply put. I enjoy the journey of observation, attempting to make a creation (negative) and interpretation (printing).

    Like others, most of my work is private but an occasional compliment from somebody I know is appreciated. More important to me is that a casual observer enjoys my prints than to have a critique from skilled photographers. I am not in this as a competition but rather from the simple pleasure of creating beautiful or perhaps intriguing prints. I like to think that beautiful or interesting prints are easily appreciated by most people and do not require a skilled and trained photographic eye to evaluate the value of such a print. ... Sorta like "the Emperor's new clothes syndrome".

    I have always believed that I do not need to be educated or instructed on what is art and what is not art. I trust my own eyes and and what I like to view. I will leave the exotic art and wild interpretation to those that have a desire to do this.

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    Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

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