The Truth About the Photography Culture

Photographers have unique minds.

You can’t put them into their own category. In fact, if you tried, I’m pretty sure you’d end up confusing yourself.

So what is the mentality of a photographer?

It’s a roller coaster ride.

Photographers get excited about lines and light that others would pass by.

Photographers are often upset that it’s bright and sunny, and more excited about cloudy days that break up near sunset.

One interesting thing about photographers is that their emotions mirror the trails they tread.

One minute they’re climbing steep inclines to see what’s over the ridge.

The next minute they’re gaining speed down a steep decline.

Similarly, photographers go through constant highs and lows that they think no one else can understand.

Print sales go up, or print sales don’t even happen.

Workshops fill quickly one day, and then go through a month of drought.

I am able to write about what all photographers feel because the feeling isn’t singular.

You see, we are all striving for something, but we can’t exactly put our finger on what we’re striving for.

The truth about the photography culture is that we’ve made it into a singular activity.

Ironically we are yearning for a community.

Photography isn’t something to be enjoyed alone.

It’s not even something that you should struggle with alone.

Photography is community.

But we are neglecting that.

We (photographers) have rejected community for too long. Why? Maybe because rejection and hesitation is human nature. Maybe we don’t want others to find our precious locations.

However, when we embrace community, we find acceptance.

We find support.

And most importantly, we find help.