Sometimes I hate opening up Facebook.
Today has been one of those days.
Why does the photography world have to be so cut-throat. Why do we have to tear others down in order to make us feel better. Today I have seen friendships scarred because of online words and disagreements. I have seen good people called out in public and an all out war started over nothing. Everywhere you go there is drama, drama, drama.
It needs to stop people.
There are websites and blogs out there bashing people who steal photos or steal wording or don’t give proper credit. It’s wrong, I get it, but do we have to destroy them over it? They made a mistake, have you never made a mistake? I know I have. It’s amazing to me how people want to throw people under the bus so quickly these days. Tonight I was made aware of a new place to review workshops. I know there are bad workshops out there. I have attended them but I made the mistake once of being vocal about one and I regret it. I will NEVER talk negative in public about a workshop again. Some things just need to stay private. Although it can be a good idea to make people aware of workshops and leave reviews, I still think it can be a matter of opinion. Just because I might think it wasn’t a good workshop, doesn’t mean the person next to me thought the same. It might have been life changing for them. I think everyone should go into any workshop trying to find the positive. There is always something to learn. If we could just all start focusing on the positive and not the negatives what a better life we all would live.
We need to have more people standing up again the negativity and less jumping on the band wagon. I know it’s easy, trust me, I fell into the negative pool today and had to drag myself out soaking wet. I don’t want to be like the crowd. I don’t care if I stand alone but I’m going to do my best to somehow stop all this nonsense and get back to what we are supposed to do. Take pretty pictures, capture memories and make a difference. I’m tired of being scared. I’m tired of holding myself back because of the fear of the witch hunt. It seems that’s the thing now days. Become a big name in the industry, and then wait for the witch hunt to follow. It’s so, so sad.
I am a photographer but I am a teacher too. Part of me wants to quit teaching everyday because of fear. It’s downright crippling at times, especially in light of what has happened in our industry this year. What happened to the day where we went to people in private and dealt with our disagreements. Why do we have air out the dirty laundry on social media? Bottom line is that no matter how you feel about that person that “did you wrong” they are still REAL PEOPLE. They have families, they are trying to survive and make it just like you. They made a bad decision, forgive them and LET IT GO and not ruin their life because of it.
I’m not going to go on and on. This was just heavy on my mind tonight and I just had to write it out. Writing is freeing to me. I know I’m just one little fish but I wish others would join me and when we see the negative happening, turn around and run. Don’t encourage it. It’s easy to be a bully behind the keyboard but those words hurt. Try to remember that.
Until next time,