JakAHearts wrote in post #14475670
Does anyone else ever get this feeling? When I look at other photographers work, and think that it isnt that great, I often feel like Im not good enough to do better or that there are lots of people thinking the same thing about my work and just not telling me, just like I dont tell those photographers. Im very glad to admit when someone is a better photographer than I and Im a very self confident guy but when it comes to photography, I always feel insecure when Im going to take pictures. Am I alone?
I get anxiety, but I've never gotten that specific kind of anxiety.
When I see a good (or bad) photograph that no one else is discussing, and I think it's good or bad enough to deserve a reply, I feel anxious being the first one to comment on it. There's a very real chance that I'll end up looking like a dumbass, and that actually often happens.
And when I see a really amazing photograph, it has one of two effects. Either it puts a fire under my ass and makes me think, "damnit, I can do better than what I'm doing", or it discourages me and makes me think, "wow...that's so amazing, I'll NEVER be that good."
But I've never looked at a BAD photograph and gotten anxiety.
That being said, I'd wager that most (if not all) photographers get some kind of anxiety, just like I'd wager that most (if not all) movie stars and rock stars get some kind of anxiety. That has to be normal to some extent. Any way it goes, these kinds of people pour their hearts out, and it's pretty much 100% guaranteed that sometimes people will verbally trash the work. That hurts.
But it's also part of the process. It's natural, the important thing is to get past that. Because art is one area in which people who are afraid to get emotionally hurt (or be wrong or look stupid) would probably do well to take up a different hobby/profession.
Best suggestion I have is to find people who know art and photography and are totally 100% willing to give you HONEST feedback.