Is everyone here a professional now

Started Jun 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: What happened to fun?
In reply to brianj, Jun 3, 2013

brianj wrote:

ARShutterbug wrote:

You may be reading the wrong messages if you're not noticing the bulk of the amateur and hobbyist photographers.  For me, of course, it was never about fun.  I wouldn't have continued doing photography if it was only for fun, because photography is expensive and risky.  Fooling around with the camera in your spare time doesn't get you far, but hard work and dedication does return results.

If you want to know where the fun in life went, start by looking at what the governments and central banking cartels have done to societies.  Millions of people in the developed nations are living by a few threads, savings are being depleted to keep up with living expenses, purchasing power is being lost to the inflation of the money supplies, and many people are wondering how long it will be before a government bureaucrat does something so stupid that it starts another war or an economic collapse.  It looks like Prime Minister Abe may win the race to the bottom after all, but the economic shock won't stop there.  Freedom is fun, and peace is fun, but that's not what we have under the shadow of corruption and lies that have pervaded the global economies.

I don't disagree with your last paragraph, but I also don't dwell on it, I am too busy taking photos and enjoying myself, not because they are the best photos around, but just because I like doing it.  It is nice to get better at what you do, but that isn't the most important thing to me, so long as I can still afford something to take photos with I am happy.

Brian

..and whats wrong with others taking the view that self improvement can be fun?

Of course not everyone has to take photography seriously but questioning someone who looks to challenge themselves with their hobby seems like the politics of the schoolyard.

Personally what I like about photography is that its one of the few areas of popular culture where personal improvement and creativity is still an important element, elsewhere big business seems to want lazy comsumers.

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