Hey Posers: A Camera is a Tool, and So Are You

I’m a nice guy—or at least I believe I am. So when I was sent little segment from a conversation above on one of the most controversial internet forums, I became a bit hurt and a bit angry. Here are my problems:

* The statement of, “Being superficial and artsy seems to get you all the cunt in the world.” is really quite rude. First off, do you really have such little respect for women that you need to use such demeaning language about them?

* I’m the artsy type: before I was a photographer I was a creative writer. Before being a creative writer, I was a musician. I’m disgusted that the commentor lacks this much self-confidence as a man that he needs to fake actually being artistic, creative, and able to create compelling content.

* If you really need to lug around your DSLR to attract women then you need better social skills. Sure, everyone and their mother has a DSLR in NYC now and everyone and their mother don’t know how to use them. But trying to fake that you’re an actual artist? Are you serious? I shoot for an extra income because I love it, and because I’m actually artistic. I don’t need to fake it and I surely don’t need a camera in my hand to have the confidence to walk up to a woman with a friendly smile and start a conversation. If you understand that they’re human beings too and actually listen to them, maybe you’d be able to gain some respect for them and yourself.

I’m stopping here. Photographers: thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.