Why are photographers so toxic?

Why are photographers so toxic?
(Image credit: Louise Carey / Digital Camera World)

Can I tell you a tale of the modern state of photographers on the internet? A few weeks ago, everyone that works on this website was asked to write an article showing their best photos. Honestly, I felt a little apprehensive about this, but I liked the idea of reflecting on my journey as a photographer. I searched through my archives and found what I believed to be my five best photos. I wrote the article, published it and then scheduled it to be posted on Facebook.

Fast forward a few days and I happened across this now-published Facebook post. My stomach immediately dropped as I saw multiple negative trolling comments. I read over them in shock. Even when I closed my eyes, I could see them floating in my vision. Fellow photographers had told me my work was 'clickbait' and 'riddled with mistakes' – and that they 'wouldn't be proud of any of them'. 

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Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.