What do you think?What do you think?


I used to be offended when people would refer to my photography as a hobby; it belittled my artistic endeavors. Often, I would step away from a larger argument and brush it off; it helped me to imagine my painter friends’ reaction to the same, to being called hobby painters. I suspected they would not feel good about it either. It is belittling to call someone’s artistic expression a hobby, whether it be a sculpture, photograph or a painting; most artists put tremendous effort into their artwork, thousands of hours or more over a lifetime and we are met with failure most of the time, countless do-overs. Artists must have a high level of bravery to create something and then put it out into the world to be judged. Eventually I grew to realize that the people who called my photography a hobby were either ignorant about art or were jealous.

Yet I persisted; I did not let the discouraging words of others stop me. It would have been easy to give up and spend my time gambling or playing video games. I stepped away many times, thinking I would not return. However, the passion and joy I felt every time I made an artistic photograph kept me hooked and outshined any prior disappointments. That emotion drove me to create the next photograph.

Waking before dawn, driving in the dark and setting up for a sunrise is a lot of work!

There is nothing wrong with photography as a hobby. Everyone is unique. If you ever feel discouraged, if someone diminishes your work, do not give up; the world is a better place with more artists!


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