“Look” I said to my learners on the taster morning “I’m not knocking that kind of photography, if someone wants to photograph a host of golden daffodils on a hillside then that’s fine. If they want to photograph beautiful sunsets or a herd of wildebeest rushing majestically over the horizon then I’m ok with that and I’ll help them do that but let me tell you, photography can be just so much more than that and after over thirty years of using a camera and studying this thing then It’s just not what I personally do. And I’m not here to tell you what a great photographer I think I am because to be perfectly honest with you I don’t think I am. I compare myself with the very best, the Masters of photography which most people have never heard of and in that respect I’m quite average.”
“well what do you do?” asked one of the punters
So I showed them some of my work. I’m not sure they got it ?
As regular readers of this Blog will know I spend a lot of time documenting my home town. It has a Crooked Church Spire so occasionally we get tourists visiting the town to see this wonder of church architecture and craftsmanship gone wrong. The bloke ( man ) in the above image took umbrage to me having just taken this picture. He was taking a photograph of his wife with the Crooked Spire in the background. From his accent he sounded American but I won’t hold that against him. First he asked me why I had taken the image and then asked me to delete it. When I refused he told me he’d report me to the police. I replied something like “yeah ok would you like me to escort you to the police station to discuss the matter further?” suffices to say he didn’t take me up on the offer. What vexed me at the time was this man thought he could railroad me into doing as he bid. Who the hell this American tourist thought he was and where he was trying to order me about in my hometown was intensely irritating.
So ! make sure you know your rights as a photographer in the place you are operating and don’t let anyone bully you into doing something you don’t have to. Wherever possible stand your ground making sure of course it’s safe to do so.
Thou shalt not covert another man’s blog !
To be honest I don’t spend a lot of time reading other people’s Blogs. I simply don’t have time. Aware of this I try and keep my own Blog entries short and sweet which probably explains why I worry it’s sometimes short on detail. A bit soundbite ! I don’t dedicate as much time to it as I should. I’m getting on a bit and I’m a bit weary. I don’t have that youthful energy. I’m too busy earning money to keep afloat to try and forge a living as a street photographer and frankly I don’t think I produce the kind of work that sells or there is a market for. Besides when you start trying to make money from the thing you love the magic can quickly dissipate.
I’m going to break the habit of a lifetime and tell you about a Blog I’ve been looking at for a few weeks now. That of Eric Kim. Here’s a street photographer who according to his Blog has managed to make a good living from his passion and if he is to be believed has worked extremely hard and all credit to him. He’s an excellent photographer and a good Blog writer. Generous with his knowledge and informative of other photographers. He thinks a lot about his work and the work of others and is constantly learning which is evident in how his work has developed over the last few years. As he’s admitted his street photography is very different to how it was when he started. Check out his Site but please don’t abandon me.