I stumbled across this wonderful photographer yesterday: Vivian Maier (a few of her images appear below).
Over many decades she compiled a vast collection of wonderful photographs (mostly undeveloped) – and never showed a soul. Very late in Vivian’s life her work was discovered – and her first exhibition was held in 2011 (she died in 2009).
Life’s a solo journey – we don’t need to share any of ourselves. And there’s a danger that in sharing we externalise our sense of self (and self worth). We may think our art is only worthy if someone else thinks it’s worthy.
So why share? I share instinctively (but I’ve learnt to be a little selective with my sharing). But it wasn’t important to Vivian … and she didn’t need to share to become an awesome photographer … she didn’t need ‘steel sharpening steel’. I wonder what life would be like without the drive to share? Liberating and lonely?
Why do you share?