What's Your Biggest Hesitation When Sharing Your Work? How do You Overcome it?

Putting your work out for public consumption can be a very personal thing. This can especially be true for new artists who may be starting to embrace mobile photography and mobile art as a more serious hobby.

When you share your work with others it becomes much more dynamic. You open yourself up to feedback, praise, criticism or analysis and your work becomes a very personal...yet public representation of your creativity. But is it creative? Is the image interesting? It's not uncommon to anticipate (to some extent) what others may think of your work when shared.

While some may be hesitant to share based on concerns over feedback...others may hold back for completely different reasons. Do you have "approach avoidance" with responding to every comment on your image? Do you fear someone may copy or "steal" your work? 

Do you have hesitations when sharing your work? If you do, how do you handle them?

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What makes me publish my work is my insatiable desire to show my point view of my city or the places i'm in. I like to move around, and took pictures from the streets, the buildings, the beach, the mountain. I'm pretty lucky to live in a city where i have everything, mountain, beach, a city with really nice buildings, some great monuments, etc. Everything packed and ready to serve.

About the fear of art thief... Well i must admit that i hate when people do that, but in some kind of way i would of feel proud of it. When people stea/copy your work it means that you are doing an exceptional work.

I do find it difficult to post my work.  I started mobile photography with instagram just over a year ago and posted just snaps.  As I started to take photographs that I thought were better in quality I started to think more about what I posted.  In the end I removed my older 'snaps'.  Someone told me that your gallery is judged by your worst picture and it doesn't matter if you have loads of great shots, it's the poorest one that people will judge you by.  I'm not sure if that's completely true as I often like to see how an artist has grown with their work.  Nevertheless, I (as those who know me a bit better on IG will know) am hypercritical in my own work (although looking through my gallery you might disagree!).  In the end what often gets posted is work that I was going to throw away, but I've shown to an IG friend (via Kik) and they've liked and encouraged me to post.  I hope that I'll get more confident and I'm not entirely sure why I'm reluctant to post.  I suppose there's the fear that people won't like it (although no-one is every critical on IG, which is and isn't a good thing), but also that I want to maintain both a certain standard and consistancy to my work.  Interestingly, this also brings with it a certain degree of stress.  I think there's an expectation from people (at least on IG) that you produce photographs at a certain rate and in fact a very well thought of photographer on IG told me recently that he'd left IG and just gone to flickr because there was less stress (and hence more enjoyment).

I must admit, I'd like to find a place where constructive criticism of (my or others) work is encouraged.  Currently, I find that often on Kik with people I've come to think of as friends and trust their opinion.  Is this possible on IG or even AMPt community?  Perhaps that's a different forum question.

Art theft?  It's not been an issue for me thankfully and I don't have the number of followers where it is likely to become a problem.  I wouldn't be pleased, but that doesn't make me reluctant to stop posting.  

Great forum discussion Adam!  Thanks for making me think!

As you know well, I have no problems with any comments I may get. However, if any of these comments are mean in any nature, I just delete and report to IG. And believe me, I got a lot of mean comments when we went through the spam phase. The so called "christians" telling me that I'll burn in hell if I don't repent, the "name" calling, etc. This is the "ugly side" of social network. But I'm a veteran on all that...

My images have been stolen before and that unfortunately comes with posting anything on any social network. Yes. I do get angry at that for a minute. But again, since it's almost impossible to prevent it, I just block the "purp" and report to IG.

But what I have gotten so far by sharing my images and sometimes thoughts, have made all this other "ugly side" look insignificant in comparison. I love this community and I'm happy to share. Too cliché?

I hope I got what you asked here, Adam. Cheers!

I don't find it too difficult to post my work on IG, because of what Phil mentioned, most are very supportive and therefore, I don't hold back as much (not to say that I just post anything as I used to). Here though, on AMPt, I find that I really think before I post, because I value everyone's opinion on here. I see what other's post and it pushes me to really analyze my own shots and see if they truly are creative and not just the 'norm'. 

As for responding to comments, I thankfully haven't come across anything other than the usual spam of 'follow me' etc and, my approach is the same of that of Nei's, I block and report and carry on with my daily life, nothing too extreme. The same goes for my approach to my work being stolen, I don't have near as many followers as some, therefore being exposed to those that feel my work is 'steal' worthy hasn't presented itself as a challenge yet. My mindset though, is that these things happen on IG, whether you watermark your shots or not, so I would probably just report and block again.

Hope that was a little in line with what you were asking, Adam, it is a very interesting discussion and I enjoyed reading everyone's comments.

Good question Adam. I think I might use it for one of the upcoming AMPt chats:) We haven't approached this topic yet.

First and foremost, I take pictures of things that I find interesting. It's a bonus if others find them interesting too. If I carefully scrutinize what I'm posting and try to display only my best work, then I have no hesitation about posting. I really don't even think about it much anymore. I feel that my job as an artist is to learn to work on my work, to develop my own photographic voice. 

In this digital age there are no shortage of critics. And I guess I do hope that no one feels the need to leave negative comments on my images, or steal them. But that's a risk we all take. Luckily, most, if not all of the people I have encountered on IG are friendly and supportive like others have said. Even more so here on AC. There are so many negative things in the world, it's nice to have a safe place to create, share, and connect. 

That being said, I still hope that people will respond emotionally or verbally to my images. It's always nice to get positive feedback and reinforcement. As humans, we all have the need to belong and connect on some level. And I do make it a point to comment back to anyone who leaves a comment for me, or try to leave meaningful comments for others.

I can see myself being hesitant based on the number of eyes watching. My number of followers is really reasonable and mixed with friends and mobile photographers. There's a comfort level right now that I really enjoy. An anonymity that really allows me to play around with my images and have less fear. Lack of fear is always healthy for creativity. 

Whenever I post a photo to the public, mainly IG and here now, I want to post photos I am comfortable with. I won't post unless I could stand by it in real life as real person, rather than only hidden behind my user name and profile picture. Yeah, my first IG pictures aren't really artistically valuable. I was so excited about the take-photos-with-your-phone-and-post-them-someplace. LOL Photography wasn't new to me then, I've been doing that for many many years on and off, so this phase went by quickly and I switched back to let's-post-your-best-photos phase. I hope you'll agree.

When I go through IG I like many pictures and comment on a few. I try to become better at commenting as I love to receive comments and assume that others do, too. I usually reply to every comment. I also try to visit every liker's feed. That's very very time consuming lately. I need to cut down on my IG time. I don't even knit anymore! But I digress...

I don't think that my photos are worth it to be stolen. But if that ever happened, well, what could I do? I think I would be angry at first, then report the thief. Maybe deep inside I would be even proud a bit that someone thought my picture was good enough to be posted as theirs. Or maybe I would only be angry and report them.

Edit: Uhm... have I actually answered the question? The only hesitation I have is: Is the photo good enough? I like every picture I post enough to make them public. If there are people who like them, too - fantastic! If not - well, bad luck. But I like them and that's what counts.

What do I do against this hesitation? I don't post if I'm not happy. I post if I am.

My biggest hesitation in sharing my work on the huge and unknown internet is whether what I am posting is going to be overly revealing. I want to be very direct but, as a woman, in "public," there are some things that will potentially cause you much grief in the form of unwanted attention, or attention that is directed toward you in a way that totally misunderstands the purpose of your posting a particular image or video in the first place.

It's annoying to be put into this position, even when you are just being suggestive and get that particular brand of attention anyway, but I suppose it's life. The difference is that on the internet, people for some reason take the liberty of forgetting that you are a human being, and not a fantasy they can say whatever they want to.

Michelle Robinson alluded to this a little in her recent blog post about an exploration of eroticism that she is working on via photography.

C'est la vie...

This is a great conversation. I think that what, most often, causes me to hesitate to post my images is the same thing that makes me hesitant to reply to a post like this. I am not an expert.

When I look at the work of others I am not looking for expertise. I am looking for anything. I am hoping to have an experience—to share a moment of serendipity, to get lost in a perfectly captured (created) atmosphere, to be transported elsewhere (into my own memories or to places I have not yet been). I am looking for elegance and grit; for the real and surreal. I always appreciate a different point of view.

If anything, social media have opened the door for everyone to share their experiences (most I do not want to be a part of)...but some have certainly and positively impacted my experience here.

So why, when I am looking for vision and listening for voice, am I concerned about others looking for expertise?

Ultimately I do post images that I like and shoot what tickles me on some level. I do not post, as Elena said, what I would not stand beside in real life. I appreciate the hearts and, to some degree, feel validated if others like my work (I much prefer comments and honest criticisms). I will continue to take photos because I am attached to the process of looking deliberately at the world around me and having reminders of those moments.

Nice post! :)

Charles Andreson said:

This is a great conversation. I think that what, most often, causes me to hesitate to post my images is the same thing that makes me hesitant to reply to a post like this. I am not an expert.

When I look at the work of others I am not looking for expertise. I am looking for anything. I am hoping to have an experience—to share a moment of serendipity, to get lost in a perfectly captured (created) atmosphere, to be transported elsewhere (into my own memories or to places I have not yet been). I am looking for elegance and grit; for the real and surreal. I always appreciate a different point of view.

If anything, social media have opened the door for everyone to share their experiences (most I do not want to be a part of)...but some have certainly and positively impacted my experience here.

So why, when I am looking for vision and listening for voice, am I concerned about others looking for expertise?

Ultimately I do post images that I like and shoot what tickles me on some level. I do not post, as Elena said, what I would not stand beside in real life. I appreciate the hearts and, to some degree, feel validated if others like my work (I much prefer comments and honest criticisms). I will continue to take photos because I am attached to the process of looking deliberately at the world around me and having reminders of those moments.

I'm a beginner, so I think I have piles and piles of hesitation when sharing my work in public. My first and biggest concern would be "Can people see what I see in a photo?" I like to focus on color tones and contrast when taking photos and editing them. When I view my pictures on my laptop, sometimes they don't look the way they look on my phone because the resolution, or screen vividity or any other technical thing I don't really understand. So I would contantly think, "Would it be good to other people's eyes like it's good on mine? Is it enough to deliver what I feel and what I see when making this photo?"

But I have no control on peoples' choice of phones and monitors. I have no control on what people think and what they would like to comment on my photos either. Vice versa. I'm new in photography and editing, so criticism is good for my experience. If I don't post bad photos, how would I know to make better photos?

I contantly try to overcome my hesitation by remembering that I post picture not because I want people to like and praise my photos. But because I like taking photos, I like editing them, I like pouring my hearts and thoughts on them, I like to share them with people around me, and in the end I want to be better in the process.

I'll start this backwards, I'm still experiencing the great feeling of experiencing the thrill of finding a great shot then trying to decide whether to edit or not and post.  If someone were to copy or steal my material at this point I'd take it as a sincere form of flattery.  If I were a professional and were looking at this from a more serious light my thoughts no this would assuredly be different. 

Since I am still fairly new and my IG feed will show that, I have many pictures of random stuff that is far from art.  The addiction caught on fast and I couldn't take pictures of enough things.  Now that I'm finding my way through I am not so much hesitant to post but I'm more critical of what I post.  My criteria is now, how does it make me feel?  If I can honestly that it makes me feel something, anything at all, then it's good enough to post regardless of how it is received (though positivie feedback does not only feed the fire but pours gasoline on it!)  I will admit that as I grow and progress I have been slowly removing pictures that no longer speak to me or that I no longer find interesting (or just downright embarassing).  I do save everything so that I can look back and see not only the progress that I've made but also the things that I found interesting at any point in time. 

Great question Adam!!

Well said Charles!!!

Charles Andreson said:

This is a great conversation. I think that what, most often, causes me to hesitate to post my images is the same thing that makes me hesitant to reply to a post like this. I am not an expert.

When I look at the work of others I am not looking for expertise. I am looking for anything. I am hoping to have an experience—to share a moment of serendipity, to get lost in a perfectly captured (created) atmosphere, to be transported elsewhere (into my own memories or to places I have not yet been). I am looking for elegance and grit; for the real and surreal. I always appreciate a different point of view.

If anything, social media have opened the door for everyone to share their experiences (most I do not want to be a part of)...but some have certainly and positively impacted my experience here.

So why, when I am looking for vision and listening for voice, am I concerned about others looking for expertise?

Ultimately I do post images that I like and shoot what tickles me on some level. I do not post, as Elena said, what I would not stand beside in real life. I appreciate the hearts and, to some degree, feel validated if others like my work (I much prefer comments and honest criticisms). I will continue to take photos because I am attached to the process of looking deliberately at the world around me and having reminders of those moments.

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