Wow, it’s been years since I have updated this blog. I began it years ago and then just forgot it existed. It has been so long that I have begun to assimilate new lessons into myself and my photography. What did I learn? Too many things to list in a single post, but I believe I am obligated by law to share those lessons.
1.) If you are a photographer, your camera is not what matters.
It’s a common occurrence for me to end up on some photographer’s website, instagram page, Flickr account, or 500px.com account and see something like “shoots with a Canon 5D Mark II”, or some other photographic device. I don’t know what happened, but this has begun to permeate the very fiber of the photography community. Having a nice camera helps the photographer overcome a unspoken “stigma” which helps you achieve the status of “successful”.
How exactly does the equipment you use make you a professional? If you ask me (you did not) about what my opinion is (nobody cares about, let’s not lie to ourselves) you cross the line into professionalism once your chosen art form becomes a “profession”. Success is less concrete because to discuss whether someone has achieved success requires first a dialogue to define what we mean by “success”.
There are many ways to define success:
- Some as yet undefined angle that would be an accomplishment…
- and let’s not forget the ever present combination any of the above.
Which are we trying to achieve? I don’t believe owning a nice camera makes you successful unless your goal to be successful involves collecting nice cameras. This is problematic for me, as I want to enjoy creating things, and yet there is also joy in ownership of the tools to make things. I will admit though, that often it is a battle to be involved in art for the right reasons.
I often have told my friends that Leonardo DaVinci probably never said anything to the affect of, “If only I owned a better paint brush, I could be taken more seriously as an artist.” This is a principle that holds true for all forms of art though.