A lot of photographers are afraid to put their work out into the public eye for fear that its not perfect. A lot of work goes unseen because the photographer wasn't comfortable enough to show what they created. Chase Jarvis interviews Austin Kleon, the author of the book Show Your Work!: 10 Ways To Share Your Creativity And Get Discovered, and delves in 3 reasons not showing your work is a bad idea.
I have personally struggled with this for a long time, and to an extent, I still do. Its a hard feeling to shake. As photographers we generally take pride in what we do and we want to show the world our best possible work. When we feel it is not up to our standards, or those we compare ourselves to, we can't help but feel defeated and scared to show what we have made.
Being selective and having the ability to self critique is good, but there are also many benefits that you can miss out on by not showing your work, even if its not "perfect". Even if you receive public critique, it can be more valuable to you than to never receive it at all.
They sum up the video with a neat thought; obscurity is the problem, not haters. Its an interesting thought worth pondering. Are you feeling comfortable in what you do because you are obscure?
[via Chase Jarvis]