So you think you are a Photographer ! Part 2

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When I wrote part one I was interested to have a good look around Social media to see what the response was, and to be honest it was as expected.

Some thought it was great and very true and most of these were people whose work I found on Social Media are Professional or very good photographers in general with some interesting bodies of work.

There were some that thought it was a shouty ranty post that was a load of crap ! Looking at most these peoples work available on Social media it’s technically fine and some of the people even work in Photography for a living but their work has no personality or soul and it’s more for the viewer than the photographer. Some thought I was arrogant and an arse !

Everyone is entitled to think what they like and the fact I am now writing this blog to help people learn to see and move forward I know what I have to say won’t be to everyone’s taste but hopefully the few that do take a few hints and tips on board will be able to lift their work to the next level. I have helped a few people to really achieve great things in their work and sometimes you have to be honest and help them find their way.

Even though I say I have only helped a handful achieve Exhibitions and Books I have probably inspired 1000’s to more forward with their work.

The most interesting thing I noticed was the amount of times people said “who is he to tell us we can’t call ourselves Photographers” Interesting how my blog post was interpreted because that’s not what I said.

Even more interesting was the the fact people were saying ” who is he to tell us we can’t call ourselves Photographers, we are entitled to call ourselves whatever we want”  I did laugh at this and then did some more research.

A teacher friend of mine told me that in modern teaching kids are being told they can be anything they want to be and are Entitled to call themselves anything they like.

I think that’s great and as a young boy my Parents encouraged me to play sport and learn to play instruments etc in the hope that I would find something that would interest me  they also wanted me to join a choir ! But I was cluless with Music and apart from getting off my face during the Rave Scene and being mad about Psytrance and House Music I was never going to learn an instrument.

I did however Swim for Kent win the British Bench Press in 82.5 Kilo class and competed in the World Powerlifting Championships at 82.5 Kilo class and trust me I trained day 7 days a week to Swim and to lift weights. I don’t think I would have dared to walk in a Gym and said I am a Powerlifter if I was not. I also played in the British Roller Hockey Team in Goal against Spain. I spent hundreds of hours training in all these sports so that I could overachieve.

So if this is the modern world and people are entitled to call themselves anything they want then I am a Chef a Singer and Film Star ! But my advice is don’t buy and of my food buy some ear defenders and dont watch any of my films.

I do think this is sad because what is wrong with learning a craft and waiting a few years before you start calling yourself anything ?

Its quite funny how the Photography industry has been devalued buy all the people that call themselves Photographers ! Imagine people calling themselves Plumbers and Mechanics being let loose in your home or on your car !

My original blog was about just that, you don’t need to call yourself a Photographer, you can of course and you are Entitled to ! But personally I would get a body of work together and get some years under my belt before I called myself anything.

Some people need to take a long good look at their own work and dig deep and consider their own path and development.

I will continue my blog and try and help the people that want to read it to improve their work it’s amazing how most of the Haters do not have a body of work or many images to show for themselves and have the loudest voices ! Do you think this is because they don’t like the idea that anyone is better than them ?

All my blog posts are open to debate and discussion and one thing I do like about WordPress is its relatively  Troll Free because most of them cant be arsed to read more than a couple of paragraphs on Twitter or watch a youtube channel.

Photography has always been a hotbed of jealousy and Trolling so I will only answer and debate with people that are genuine.

Have a great week.

 

5 thoughts on “So you think you are a Photographer ! Part 2

    aussiestreetpics said:
    August 13, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    It’s all about personal development and the pursuit of excellence in any field, as you illustrate from your own experience. I am reminded of a song by Julia Jacklin “Don’t let the kids win” a line from which urges parents not to let their 2 year old think they are good at playing basketball.
    You’re right about WordPress. I operated another blog here before Facebook and Twitter and prior to whatever fool invented the “like” button. We had a wonderful community of friends who enjoyed reading and writing and communicating. Keep up the good work and stir the pot whenever you deem it necessary.

      matt6t6 responded:
      August 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Cheers, I am still trying to decide what to do about Social Media over the next few years. I read today that the Students that are just about to Start University will be the first Students that have grown up in a digital age ! The reason for the article was to show corporate customers how to Market to Students ! I then realised that Social media was not about being Social but more about SALES. I was going to use YouTube and Flickr but I think I am going to stick to this blog Flickr and my Website ! In 2022 I am going to delete Facebook and Insta possibly even Twitter.

    […] recently read with interest a two part blog post from Matt Hart (see here), and I have to say there is a lot of what he writes that I tend to agree with (not all I might add […]

    Diane Seddon ARPS CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography said:
    August 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Amen to that. I think that everything you said is just about right. I’ve almost given up with social media – more like antisocial media most of the time. I’ve worked in corporate photography for a lot of years (retired last year), and at the start, people asked how to get better shots, how to use the camera – how to understand light. The first thing people seem to want to know now – is how can I monetise this hobby.. Hey I bought a DSLR, so I’m shooting a wedding this weekend. (How do I turn it on?) – what are the best settings for shooting a corporate event? Lord save us from the idiots of this world…….

      matt6t6 responded:
      August 27, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      Good time to retire if you ask me 🙂

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