Why are we doing this? Why do we expose our selves with our work to critics? Why do we accept to get harsh but justified and sometimes also mean feedback for our work?
For me it's the moments when one of pictures touches somebody, when I see their smile while looking at a picture of their kids or when they realise how good they look. And of course it gives me joy creating something. What will be left of me when I am gone? Having made some money, driving a fancy car - that's hardly something people will remember.
But when I leave some pictures that have touched people, maybe then later someone will remember me.
Here's a great little video I came across today that sums it up quite well: