Whenever I scroll through my social media feeds these days, it seems like many photographers only share their photos for the purpose of selling workshops or some other kind of service. Perhaps it’s due to who I follow on social media but I’m seeing less photographers share their photos for the sake of personal expression. That’s kind of a shame in my opinion because I enjoy the medium and looking at other photographers’ work when done well. However when there is always a marketing message attached to the work I find it hard to emotionally connect because I’m not learning anything about the artist behind the message. It wasn’t always this way. I remember my time on sites like naturephotographers.net when many of my peers were just like me; sharing with each other and trying to help each other out. Then Facebook and Instagram came along and everyone is about sell, sell, sell. The quality of interaction I have with other photographers these days is minimal at best. The only social media site I enjoy using is Twitter because it’s less about selling than about communication and sharing of ideas.
I’m not opposed to teaching workshops or leading tours someday but my motivations for sharing my photography have always been the same. To share my personal travels and my own personal vision with others. I initially created this website because I wanted to be able to share my photos with family and friends. Regardless of who my audience is these days, I believe that the photography should always come first. Photography to me is not about workshops, tours, eBooks, stock photography, fine art prints, fame, my ego, etc… Photography is my personal point of view on how I see the world. I don’t ever want to lose sight of that.