During the initial stages of picking up a camera, you’ll generally go out to take photographs of everything you can because it looks attractive. But with time, you’ll eventually begin tailoring your eye to a specific interest and when you do, that’s when you’re photos will start to say something to viewers who might have not heard anything from them before.
I recognize that I don’t know everything there is to know about photography but my passion and interest has made the learning process an adventure more than an obligation. When people see me with the distinct Nikon strap across my chest and the robust camera gently held in my hands, their curiosity is piqued followed by the question “You’re a photographer right?”.
Instead of responding “Yes, I am a photographer”, I use to mumble “Um, I’m into photography.” At lot of that timidness had to do with lack of confidence in the work, in my ability and also believing that if you’re not generating income from the craft, then you must not be an actual photographer.
Every photographer must goes through this stage but in recently reading Julia Cameron’s The Right To Write, she talks about how being a writer simply means that you’re doing the writing. If you wrote something today then you are writer and with that same theory, if I photograph as much as I do then I should be comfortable in stating that I am a photographer.
David duChemin states it best in that “if you love this craft and you’re a passionate student of it, then you’re a photographer” regardless of the label you may be reluctant to accept.