Hey, how about a film with me rambling about a myriad of strange topics. Well, you didn’t ask for it but here it is. There are two points I am at least attempting to make. First, the old industry was not magical or mythical unless you weren’t there and didn’t know any better. Second, there is a HUGE difference between people working in the industry of photography and people working in the online version of photography. One is not better than the other, just very, very different. In this film, I read you a biography of ONE person who I consider to be representative of the industry side of the business. Hopefully, this will help explain what I’m trying to say.
If you are one of these people who feel like all older photographers were gifted a career and had all the advantages, well, I’m here to tell you that you are correct. Just kidding. It didn’t work that way. Claiming this only makes it seem like sour grapes and shows you don’t have any real understanding of what photographic life was like. It’s always been challenging to make it as a creative pro. Yesteryear, today, it’s always been a grind. Unless you are rich.