A lot has been said about fauxtographers
In fact whole websites have been devoted to putting down want-to-be photographers.
Momarazzis, a play on the word paparazzi, is another term that has been used a lot too.
A post I wrote asking pros and amateurs photographers to call for a truce on Rising Black Star a while back showed me this labeling and making denigrating remarks about other photographers is an exercise in frivolity.
In the film days, having darkroom experience might have been a criteria to separate the want-to-be from the ones who are not as serious about their photography.
That is not to say that all hobbyists shooting film back then don’t know how to work in darkrooms.
I exposed miles and miles of transparency film before I went to school to formally learn how to develop film, work in the darkroom and learn how to use lighting in photography.
Mind you, the formal degree in photography doesn’t even make you a photographer.
Remember, everyone has to start somewhere.
I’ve been discovering more and more websites which put down others who love photography.
I don’t know about you, but no one person can shoot everything and more importantly shoot it all well.
You could try but that would mean you would have no life.
You would eat, sleep and dream about photography 24/7.
Any art form, be it belly dancing, singing or painting is totally subjective.
I can see why there’s been numerous websites which poke fun of pictures that are posted online.
The comments are often very cruel. Why?
The commenters can hide behind anonymity.
If I were the owner of those websites, I would institute a policy that commenters need to post a website URL or a link to their online work.
Doing so allows visitors to see where the commenters are themselves in their skill level.
Before I form an opinion of a photographer, I always try to see their work and find out a little more about them.
Instead the owners of some of these websites themselves hide behind anonymity.
When you go to their “About” page, they are vague as can be about who they are.
It’s not very sporting if you ask me.
Linking to those sites isn’t exactly what I would want to do.
So if you’re curious you can search ‘you are not a photographer’
Everyone can be a critic. It’s easy. But can you offer criticism that helps?
Lighten up. There’s plenty of beautiful pictures left that hasn’t been taken.