The pessimist photographer is the artist who has no fun. This person looks at the rest of the art world and says, “Photography was fun. What happened? When did it go wrong?” Not being able to answer his own questions he starts to transfer his disappointment and becomes one of these characters.
1. The Blamer- This pessimist blames others. This character believes it’s not his fault he took 6 wonderful pictures and the client doesn’t like any of them. He will claim that it is obvious the client just doesn’t understand good photography. This person also feels that all the “fresh blood” photographers out there taking up his “space” and stealing his “good” clients.
2. The Tech Hater- These pessimists are easy to spot. This artist says he can’t take good pictures because his equipment doesn’t work right. He will argue that if he only with a certain lens by a certain manufacture can a perfect shot be taken. This character insists that if he doesn’t have the proper equipment then there is no way he is successful. Once this type of pessimist is failing they may turn on technology and claim they can’t sell their photos or are losing clients who use new equipment. The Tech Hater is heard berating other photographers because they aren’t using photographic plates in the darkroom like in the good old days. Computers? Post-production software? Humbug! Who needs them?
3. The Conditionalist- This type of pessimist explains his or her failures with “Well, just look what I had to deal with!” They will insist that if the conditions had been better than they would have naturally been able to produce better shots. To this type of pessimist the weather is always too hot, too cold, too bright or too dark to take pictures. They will claim the lighting in the church was off. The bride’s maid dress was too dark, that the client was being unrealistic or the subject just wasn’t photogenic.
Anybody can become a pessimist. It only takes one bad day with an upset client, broken equipment, or a rainy cold winter day and a new pessimist will emerge. The question is will you stay a pessimist or move on too another level of thinking. Try something new. Try to photograph a subject a different way than you have before. Take a moment and remember why you are an artist. Go out and recapture that moment! Most of all have fun.
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