'Professional' Article clutching at straws?

Started Sep 16, 2011 | Discussions thread
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jadot Regular Member • Posts: 270
'Professional' Article clutching at straws?

This just in on the News Feed:


This is not intended to offend the featured photographer, but more a poke at the article.

There are bazillions of Jobbing "pros" out there making better, more interesting images, with a more interesting hard earned outlook, who have put themselves on the line to forward their career in photography. Some assistants are living and breathing photography, shoots, productions, travel, and grabbing the occasional editorial opportunity to show off their creativity. They also have a technical knowledge that can sometimes outshine some of the highest profile characters.

So why this guy?

It's this kind of blind luck, right-place-right-time profile that misinforms aspiring amateur photographers and glamourises the ideal that if you just sit down and decide to 'change your life/career' you can, so long as you have a DSLR filled with the latest awesome technology. Cool.

It isn't that way for the vast majority of people, and all this PR interview (with links) tells us is that some guy got a job and has a couple of cameras. That's it.

The photography's not earth shattering (if that was just your gran in that picture and Not Jenny Eclair, what kind of portrait would it be?), and it tells us nothing of the photography industry or a photographer's technique.

examples of my photography at http://www.alexanderleaman.co.uk

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