It’s a hard and easy question, depending on how deep you want to go.
Many people want to capture a moment, archive a memory. Some people want to express themselves or other peoples stories. Some want to show you something, be it a travesty or crime to a shiny object to entice you to buy it. For others capturing a photo is meditative or therapy. We all have our own reasons to capture a photo.
From the philosophers, Jean-Paul Sartre & Albert Camus I’ve found myself questioning everything in my life regarding existentialism and photography, passion, knowledge, devotion & skill over the past two years, soul searching if you will. What I’ve learned is there is no purpose or meaning to something unless you give it one. Essentially existentialists believe that an individual has and can control their own free will to choose and act. People make decisions based on what has meaning to them, rather than what is rational. What I mean by this is if your photography makes you happy, then it makes you happy because you give it value and purpose in your life, and that it is of your own free will that you give photography these values.
“Nobody cares about your photography” – Ted Forbes.
Did that upset you, did that hurt your ego? I’m sorry to say this but once you learn to tame your ego, this idiocracy for delusions of grandeur and entitlement the better. When we dampen our ego and accept what we have, and our current social status, we learn the work is more important than getting likes, and the tools we use.