I just came across an article, The Digital Recession by Jim Cummings. He is a video artist, but a lot of what he writes about can be related to photography and other (now) digitally based work. As I was reading his article so much hit home, especially as newspapers and companies have started to cut their photographers because "there is no such thing really as professional photographers" according to Marissa Mayer, anyone can do the job, right? With that said, a reminder that owning a nice camera (or an iphone) does not make you a photographer. Knowing how to push a button does not mean that you know how to visualize light and organize a compelling composition while successfully exposing the shot.
I know this isn't new news, but it's been stirring in my mind as I am about to go on to teach students a career path that might not exist by the time they graduate considering it seems to barely exist now. I guess I will let my anger rest here and leave you with the same closing quote that Cummings ended with:
"We have arrived at the Gold Rush to find the mines emptied, now is the time to circle the wagons and to fight for it."
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