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20-01-13, 01:58 PM
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: California, USA
Your comments echo the frustration of professionals from the beginning of this art form. Sure, anyone with the money to purchase a camera can and will take photo's but to lament their work, because the camera is set on auto or never leaves the memory card is elitist.
While, you suggest that distinctions need to be made to separate those with experience or training I believe the title of photographer belongs to anyone behind a camera. Each photo should be judged on its own merit and does not need a recount of schooling or a list of the bruises and cuts earned from paying one's dues to be an image worthy of praise.
Both of us know the futility of your lament since there isn't and could never be a "they" to take charge of making comparative rankings between photographers. The art form you've chosen requires zero ability to enter and that will forever be its bane and beauty. I adore and embrace the shear pedestrianism of the laissez faire nature of photography. There is something pure about a medium that allows any creative heart or soul an expressive outlet.
I would suggest that you too embrace this feeling since nothing you will ever do can change its reality. You, as all professionals, will lose some work to amateurs posing as an experienced pro but such is life. Sadly, one of the first compromises a photographic artist makes when they become a professional is becoming a salesman. Convincing a prospective clients on the merit of choosing a pro has never been a tasty meal.
Good luck Matt and protect your heart by fighting battles you stand a chance of winning.
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