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  1. Hugo Pinho
    November 5, 2020 @ 3:23 pm

    My friend, social media are a trap, cleverly designed, down to the smallest detail. And we all fall into that trap at a certain point. The first step is to recognize that our work may be heavily conditioned by this expectation of approval, from people we don’t even know. Thank you for this wake-up call.
    All the best for you, and of course, for Oli too 🙂

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    • Marcelo Esperon
      November 9, 2020 @ 10:59 pm

      Hi, Hugo! Thank you so much for your kind comment!
      About Oli, he now has more memory, he has eaten a Sd card !

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  2. Albert Smith
    November 5, 2020 @ 7:13 pm

    When I watched the documentary on Vivian Maier, the people I watched it with were shocked by how she could shoot such a large volume of work unseen until her property was acquired after her death. I sat quietly, knowing that I had a large walk in closet filled top to bottom with slides, negatives and prints, mostly unseen for decades.

    In my film days, my wife kept asking, “what are you going to do with all of these pictures?” Mostly, I’d look at them a few times, maybe build some slide show carousels, then into the closet.

    Now, I’m single and I keep wondering who will find my photos when I’m gone. Maybe they will go directly into the trash and it will be as if they never existed.

    In answer to your question of who I take pictures for? I should have answered that 50 years ago.

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    • Hugo Pinho
      November 6, 2020 @ 11:06 am

      Albert, currently I must have more than 20 undeveloped rolls inside the drawer. I know that eventually, I will end up developing those rolls and perhaps making a few prints as well. But at least, 50% of the pleasure consisted of framing, focusing, and clicking on the shutter button, knowing that I had gotten that photo. For me, not for anyone else.
      Photography is a hobby, but also a therapy, and above all something that gives us immense pleasure. Whenever I take my long walks on foggy mornings, I take the camera with me. I have a lot of fun taking a few breaks along the way to grab my camera, frame and shoot. If it didn’t have an SD card inside, I would probably have the same pleasure. Well, now I’m almost questioning the higher purpose of photography, but you get my point, don’t you?
      I love photography books and prints, and once in a while, I print some of my photos as well. This happened even before Instagram existed, and hopefully, will continue to happen even when Instagram ends. Everything ends one day, right?
      So, regarding your slide collection, I’m sure that 99% of the fun has already happened. They had a meaningful purpose. The other 1% would be to project them on the wall of your living room, either just for you to see, or with someone else watching.
      Take care, and have a great weekend!

      https://www.hugopinho.com/blog/2020/beauty-vs-memories

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      • Albert Smith
        November 6, 2020 @ 2:53 pm

        Hugo, thanks for the comments. I agree… I shoot because I enjoy it. I love the problem solving, finding the subject within the clutter, shooting something that hundreds of people have walked by without seeing.

        While I’m out, I often have people that see me shooting ask me where they can see my work. I’m on no social media and rarely does anyone but me see what I shoot. The reaction is that I’m suddenly not really a photographer. I just never jumped on the “see me, love me, give me a like!” Thing.

        If a tree falls and nobody hears it…

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  3. Jaime
    November 6, 2020 @ 12:31 pm

    Hi Hugo!! I think… if you ask yourself “the Why” you will find out what you are doing or want to do or who you are doing it for…

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  4. Lucio Parodi
    November 6, 2020 @ 6:04 pm

    I loved to read your words. I hope your son is fine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and your experience. Maybe this can be the good side of social. And I liked very much that you did not act as a teacher or the guy with experience and better than others. You inspired me with your pics and with your “pen”. Light for eyes and food for mind. Great job. Thanks. Lucio, from Italy

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    • Marcelo de Coghlan
      November 9, 2020 @ 11:09 pm

      Ps my son is doing really great now! Thank you so much!

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      • Lucio Parodi
        November 11, 2020 @ 10:26 pm

        Happy to read this. This is great!!! Thanks for your two kind reply messages. I hope to read soon your next suggestions and experiences here on FXP.

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  5. Marcelo Esperon
    November 9, 2020 @ 10:54 pm

    I really appreciate your comment! Thank you for the support! And you’re right, this side of social media makes the whole experience totally worth it!
    Thanks!

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  6. Earl Goodson
    November 23, 2020 @ 7:05 pm

    Wow, are you me? I’ve been struggling with this exact question for a few weeks now. It’s become painfully clear just how much of my work and uploading is done to please that invisible, fickle audience that is the social media universe.

    Somehow, we artists get trapped in thinking their validation means we’re good, even when we know better. But I think it’s also only natural to want to show our work off. Perhaps the way out of the trap is doing what you (and I) are doing: remembering that we create for ourselves. And choosing to share all of us instead of what we think people will like best.

    As a documentary photographer, I get the most “likes” from stuff that validates people’s worldview. But when I show the other side of a scene I get little to nothing…Or even anger from armchair critics who hate that side of the story! But I think we need to keep doing it; it reminds us of how fickle my audience can be. And it helps us find the folks who appreciate EVERYTHING we create!

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