Who Cares Who Likes Your Photography?

Popularity is a weird thing. It can be a gratifying thing to achieve widespread acclaim for your work, but if you are not careful, it can turn on you, making you create work to please others instead of yourself. So, who cares who likes your photos? This important video essay discusses the topic and one photographer's experience.

Coming to you from Evan Ranft, this excellent video essay discusses the importance of staying true to yourself as a photographer. No doubt, in today's world that is heavily driven by social media numbers, it can be very tempting to chase clout and likes, but this will often lead you to end up in a cycle of constantly creating work that panders to the latest trends instead of images that are a truer representation of your creativity. Seeing those followers and likes increase can be exciting, but you will almost always end up being dissatisfied and unfulfilled eventually if the work you are creating is motivated by external factors instead of your own impulses. We should never forget that at the end of the day, photography is supposed to be something we are passionate about and enjoy. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Ranft. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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LOL, I care that the bride and groom likes my shot. if you not paying, "WGAF"

If someone does photography for likes of people they dont even know I will advise them to quit photography and find some cheaper hobby

Did you try to have a furniture design and construction as a hobby? ;)

Well furniture design wont me much cheaper if you tools nerd 🤓 you can buy dopamine pills for lot cheaper then proper gear for any hobby lol joking...but good feeling is much stronger after good sex then storm of likes on social media... 🤣 🤣 🤣

Photography is really cheap compared to many other hobbies, but I do agree that those people should pursue something else instead of photography.

I care. It gives me dopamine boost. It increases visibility of my photos on my social feed. It gives me new followers.

PS: None of them will become my clients. Bitch...

People do care though and it is not something that will change.