I hate to keep bringing up Ansel, but many other famous, or infamous photographers, have said the same thing, which is that photographs are either made from without or from within.
And so when we make photos from within, i.e. for ourselves, or to please only ourself, it probably shouldn't matter what others think, but when one shows those photos from within to others and others don't like them or don't react to them as one wishes the human condition takes over and secretly you feel as though you didn't communicate or you failed, i.e. you didn't make a good photograph.
Again, I would be interested to hear from those who go out with someone, and whether you help each other look for things and whether you look at each others ground glass, etc. Whether you talk about what you want to see while you are looking, or talk about other things.
Is there anyone here who goes out with their spouse and both are looking to make meaningful expressive photographs.
I know Michael Smith and Paula Chamblee (sp) probably do, but it would be interesting to hear from others if they do and what their creative experiences have been while doing so.