I will tell you another story about my friend Satoki Nagata, a talented street photographer from Chicago:
I had a bunch of photos on an iPad and sat with Satoki one night at 10pm at a tea shop in Chicago. We sat down, and I showed him some photos to ask for his opinion. I showed him one photo and I asked him: “What do you think about this photo?” Like a Zen monk, he paused, looked at me, looked at the photo, looked at me and asked me, “What do you think about the photo?”I then paused. It was profound. I then responded and said: “Good point, I never thought about that.” I paused some more and responded: “I guess the shot is okay, I’m not really crazy about it.” He then looked back at me and said: “Then why does it matter what I think?” It was almost like Satoki dropped the microphone and walked away at that point. Satoki taught me an important lesson: never ask others for their opinion unless you already like the photo. Not only that, but I have tons of shots that nobody likes but myself. I also have tons of shots that others like, but I don’t like myself.
At the end of the day, if you don’t like your own photos, why do you care what others think of your photos?