But it looks like people doesn't distinguish the different kind of recognition. Specially when artists talk like business man like "money talks" and "As far I am being paid I don't care".
I always enjoyed meeting people who I can learn with but in Germany photographers and artists don't seem to look for meeting, share experiences and talk with others who have the same interests (and it is a shame). The only alternative I have to find photography and art communities is in the internet. But it is disappoint to see that it is limited to tool talks among photographers and not photography talk at all in most cases. And "what sells" talk among artists and not art talk as well.
Often I hear from other photographers in the internet commenting on my work: "It doesn't sell. If you want sell you should do like this and like that, ...". Yes, I want to sell but I want to sell what I create and not creating to sell.
It is not only because they are not sharing ideas about art itself. It is also disappointing because it looks like they are in art not for art sake but for recognition on whatever they do.
Most artists want recognition through sales and it is natural. Because when somebody spend money on your art it proves that the buyer is truly interested on it and honestly recognise you as artist. Specially after hear all the time that people like your work but those who give the best comments are usually the same who don't want have the work they comment. For artists it is frustrating.
For this reason I understand when artists spend more time about "how to sell" talk. Because it actually is "how to be recognised" talk. But how you want to be recognised? From my part, I will not stop to explore the photography and art field nor use the techniques and tools I enjoy the most and best represents my work just because it is not fashion or popular.
All this talk have made me to be less participative in art and photo community in the internet. Their talks are not the kind of recognition I want.