“In the sense that it doesn’t interfere with what I do, or affect me in anyway, I don’t care either. But, in the “I can’t look away” during a car wreck kind of way, I’m just so very compelled to be interested in what they do, think, and say. I can’t help it. It’s almost a reflex or instinct that I don’t have control over. “I must study this faux phenomenon”. hehehe”
Actually this is really more what I meant when I said I don’t care. Indeed, it’s just that I don’t let the faux mindset or culture affect my daily life as in “those “pros” charge too much so hire me”. Funny how they call themselves pros too and really, all that matters is what my customers think.
For the most part, I think most care about their photos and abilities. You don’t have to be a pro. Simple knowing the difference between good and bad, learning as much as you have time for, are willing to devote to the craft, and apply it to the best of your ability. Just because you are not charging for photos doesn’t mean they aren’t any good. Just because you’ve found someone to pay for your photos doesn’t mean you’re a pro. One of the many things that separates a faux from a photographer is the desire to engage the craft and produce the best photo according to your ability and to realize that there is always something new to learn and not be satisfied that you’ve hit “good enough” and don’t need to pursue new ideas. It’s a great feeling to look back at older photos and compare them to today and actually see improvement, myself included. And along with that, I’m always looking at how to make the next pic even better. And yes, I get that impression from you too. If only we could inspire some of these fauxs to aspire to something greater…..