Should I always share photographed locations with others?
I ask myself this question a lot. I think the answer is a ready no to always, though I often consider the reasons why.
- Give others a chance to also experience beauty.
- To reveal excitement of a new location.
- Photographers should be expanding creativity, discovering new locations, and improving the art. Could become a niche.
- Because it’s a nice thing to do.
Why not share?
- More exposure, especially to a secluded spot, may lead to unacceptable disturbance of the land and nature if it grows in popularity.
- Simply because having a few secret places is nice to enjoy alone. I think there is a special quality about it, like a treasure I’ve personally uncovered and I don’t want intruded upon.
- To avoid competition in sales, fame, and fortune.
When I begin my podcast in 2019, this may be one of the initial topics I explore with fellow photographers in the area and pick their brain on what practices they hold and if they think it’s a good thing or not.
I think there is definitely a sense of pride and protectiveness that comes with secret spots and maybe some selfishness as well. But I can see others overwhelmingly willing to share to others because they want others to enjoy the same beauty they did.
What do you think?