A Lonely Profession?
By Adrian Zupp
To many people, photography seems like a profession for loners. You have to get out there and get it done and nobody else can do it for you. But is it really like that?
“Yes and no, and it depends a bit on your situation,” said Peter. “There’s no doubt, a lot of it is solo work and the buck definitely stops with you. But you can be involved with other people quite a bit, so it doesn’t have to be a lonely profession. I wouldn’t put it that way.”
Photography can actually be a great way to meet people, whether it’s folks you meet on location, the subjects of your shots, members of photography clubs, fellow professionals, and so on.
“I’ve met a ton of great people over the years,” said Peter. “Some I just met once in places I visited, others who I’ve stayed in touch with. It’s a big part of the fun of photography, actually.”
Peter gets many inquiries about how to become a professional photographer. The answer is always pretty much the same: persistence, practice, experimentation. You have to love it or you won’t make it. Not professionally. Determination is key. And yes, a lot of the journey is a solo ride. You aren’t part of a 9-to5-team in an office situation, celebrating co-workers’ birthdays and looking to each other for help on different tasks and projects.
But there is great camaraderie amongst photographers. And there’s a certain level of freedom: And that’s the best way to think of it. With any solo venture there are tests and risks, but there is also a certain amount of freedom and immense satisfaction when you achieve something by yourself.
“I’ve enjoyed the whole ride,” added Peter. “I love making my own way and working independently. And I did even back when the money was tight. It’s been an adventure. Sure, I’ve had my share of luck. But like the man said, the harder you work, the luckier you get.”
Photography takes confidence. And it builds confidence – which is the subject of our Thursday blogs for the next few weeks.
But if you really love taking photographs, if you have the passion and determination, we doubt you’ll ever really feel lonely. The lonely profession? No. But a profession for true individuals.