Why do people feel a compelling need to show their photographs? Is it validating or something?
That’s an interesting question, or at least the answer could be. I imagine folk on this forum are to some extent self-aware about their photography. For instance, when most people come back from holiday they have photos of each other in nice places, or just photos of places; I come back from holiday with a picture of a dog in a pram, three blokes looking bored by the Eiffel Tower, and some nice light in an alley. So we know we are doing something a little differently. After that, I suppose it’s finding others with whom your brand of quirkiness chimes. Is that validation? Not if you mean validation in the sense of justifying your hobby and expenditure, but perhaps in a wider sense it is.