Photographers Have Become Like Pigeons

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  1. Hmmm Photographers – everyone is a photographer then who has a mobile phone with a camera 🙂 As for pigeons – more like lemmings – ironically though its pages like petapixel they all try to emulate and follow

  2. The industry is being destroyed by arrogant and ignorant yahoos who fancy themselves professionals. I miss the days when you had to make a concerted effort to create a photograph, and you did it with respect.

  3. Like the author says, very few places are truly and absolutely “off-limits” if you have basic manners and a bit of patience. Don’t underestimate the power of a polite email for gaining access to almost any place that’s worth planting a tripod.

  4. I disagree with the idea of private ownership of land. The only person that owns the land you live on is Mother Nature, and she can and is proving it each day that goes by. The golden rule (don’t do to others what you don’t want done to yourself) however I believe is universal and often abused for ones own greed, as with some of the acts in this article. The act of “getting that location/shot nobody else has or can get” is at the heart of the die hard photographer that beautifully examples this greed principle. I would like to see people (including myself) explore their inner creativeness rather than their outer sense of adventure, for the sheer sake of exploiting our imaginations rather than the environment.

  5. This article does not make the distinction between photographers and camera owners, also throws cell phone selfie addicts into the mix as a “photographer”

  6. I generally do not shoot portraits, but find myself having to wait on scads of portrait photographers to shoot in some local parks (prom time is the worst). What’s worse is seeing the trash left behind – stupid stuff like glittery confetti in a park that is a bird sanctuary. Then there is the climbing on the landscaping marked “Do Not Enter” and hollering in nature preserves. Pisses me off.

  7. There is a historic dairy farm near where I live…. I love to use it for fun family portraits but, what truly puts a bug in my britches would be the “photographers” who have no problem writing on the walls… “class of …” “now and forever” etc to suit their needs… there are posted signs not to do this and still it is done. Like general rules of respect and honor are lost of some people.

  8. This is pretty disturbing. I’m glad my tastes never went towards that type of photography. I long ago tired of the crowds at National Parks. I just changed where I shoot, and took the challenge of having to hunt for my subjects, not have them served up on a platter. Not nearly as many people standing in line at most National Wildlife Refuges or State Parks.

  9. It’s not the camera, it’s the man was the expression when I was learning the craft…now without the gender bias, it has a broader but spot on meaning that applies to other professions like graphic design…first the artist then the tool, the tool does not make the artist.

  10. People are morons and some of the have cameras…
    I was at this museum with a garden last month. Normally you have to pay but it was free that time, and very sunny so a lot of people. Then this group of at least 15 people with cameras behaved like they owned the place and had some moronic “fashion” photo shoots all over the place, blocking people’s views as well as the small pathways. On top of it all they complained there were too many people there. I think they were part of a workshop, they didn’t seem to know what they were doing.

  11. This is not limited to “photographers” tourists in general are disrespectful to the area they are visiting. People graffiti and throw trash and walk off trail all the time in the parks near where I live. It is terrible. There are monuments and famous places all over the world getting “loved to death” by over tourism.

  12. One thing that annoys me is when tourist / council run pages on instagram with large followings post / promote photos of people who have “jumped the fence” for the shot, then post how amazing it is… There is one spot i would love to shoot, but it says not to go over the fence as to save wrecking the environment for animals etc. Yet i have seen photos shared one large instagram accounts that share these exact photos.

  13. Really hurst for people like who have studied 5 years. Thanks for the consumer culture and the mass production I have driven away from the camera into intellectual photography. Shame that it has become so distorted.

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