Dear Kate, Thanks for the reply. I completely agree about "put up or shut up" but I think my site does say a certain amount. I still can't see the point about "validation" -- I genuinely don't see what it means -- and all I'm saying is that claiming to be seriously interested in photography but then choosing not to go to exhibitions strikes me as very odd. Also, I enormously prize the experience of being able to flit from one picture to the next, or to step back and see several at once, and to be able to examine a real print from near and far. Again, to be indifferent to that experience strikes me as evidence of a degree of indifference, or perhaps of ignorance of what is often the most important form a photograph can take. Of course I accept that there are people who don't think prints are important, and are totally satisfied with low-resolution screen pics. And again, I find that odd, especially if it was the photographer's intention that the picture should be presented as a print. This is admittedly something of a fine art approach, but then, I think photography is (or can be) one of the fine arts as well as a snapshot or record shot; and accepting photography into the company of other fine arts seems to me to be about the most basic criterion for taking photography seriously. My point about criticism is not quite what you seem to think. Of course I'd like a warm glow of approval (and indeed get one from the guest book at my exhibitions), but I don't desperately feel the need of one here, because I very strongly suspect that I could be Willy Ronis, Ansel Adams and Gueorgui Pinkhassov all rolled into one and there'd still be some fairly nasty snipes from those who simply don't like me. If I can work out how to do attachments, I'll try it, with 3 pics each from current series, and we'll see what happens. Cheers, R.