Am I a photographer?

Updated on July 2, 2021 in Photography
21 on May 24, 2017

Some of you might know me through the blog as Eric’s partner/wife/best friend/muse.

But I also like to take photos. And write short stories and poetry, read, make films, research, think, print, draw, think, teach, learn, and make stuff. I recently took on the self-identity of calling myself an artist/creator when I introduce myself. And other times I just tell people I like to make things, learn, and play.

  • What makes a photographer a photographer? 
  • Do you self-identify as a photographer?
  • Anyone else here that just loves to do ‘all the things!’?

Here’s me hand-carving a sketch of one of Eric’s photos to make the art print portfolio “City of Angels.” 

 
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1 on May 24, 2017

I love treating photography and art like a kid — just playing 🙂 

And I think we just need to play around more — and just make stuff.

Why do you think a lot of people take photography and art so seriously?

on June 2, 2017

Totally agree!
I think it’s because in most cases artists/photographers need to work much harder than most occupations to make a living at it. Especially when potential clients rarely see the value.

But then again, we may need to just suck it up and find the “right” people to invest in us. There are billions of us on the planet … shouldn’t be too hard? haha

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0 on May 24, 2017

1. I think everyone with a camera counts as a photographer, be it a mobile phone or a bigass medium format camera. As long as you have a camera, you are a photographer.

2. I don’t like to label myself, but if someone asked I would say that I’m just a man with a camera as his medium to convey things.

3. I love to read, and write on my free time. Short-stories, novels, personal self-reflection, etcetera. I used to play with a band too.

Oh, and I love “Liberation Time.”

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0 on May 24, 2017

I will echo @kenethkaceketan 

To paraphrase Rachel Dawes (I am big on movies and comic books..umm): It is not who you are but what you do that defines you. 

So it doesn’t matter (at least to me) if one identifies as a photographer, what matters is what the person does with the camera.

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0 on May 24, 2017

I take pictures all the time and often for money. In that sense I’m probably a photographer, but as long as you look at pictures and take some yourself you are a photographer, just like anyone who makes something out of nothing is an artist. 

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0 on May 24, 2017

I used to identify as a photographer. My main goal/purpose was to become a professional photographer for a living.  That is until I became a slave to shooting what others wanted me to shoot. 

I became so uninspired and frustrated that I sold all of my gear. It wasnt until I started following Eric on Youtube, that gave me the spark I needed to get out there again. 

Eric you truly are an inspiring person. Keep up the great work. 

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0 on May 24, 2017

Many years ago I worked in industrial sales. Some people have told me I could make money out of my photography. I know if you want to make money then you must spend a lot of time and effort being a salesman. I’m retired now. I don’t want to spend any time in sales. I photograph for only me. If someone else likes what I do then great. But I’m just a guy with a camera having a good time.

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0 on May 24, 2017

Just recently I attended an Art sharing group with other artists. When it was my turn to introduce myself and show samples of my work, usually I would say I am only an “amateur” photographer. At that moment, I decided I would tell everyone that I am a PHOTOGRAPHER. I paused to see if anyone would look at my work and negate me, tell me I was not a “real” photographer. But to my surprise, they all looked at my photos and nodded with approval.

That was the first time I felt like a true photographer and artist.

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0 on May 25, 2017

every lover of lite and shadow is a virtual photographer and the cam is our tool

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0 on May 25, 2017

After having little creative outlet for a long time I went back to photography. It’s something I can take everywhere. I’m also into music, mostly electronic and will get round to learning more on both subjects. If I could and time allowed, I would play an instrument (or three), draw, paint, sing*, write…

*I’d rather sing than be able to dance. Both would be greedy…

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0 on May 30, 2017

I am what I am. I make photographs, then I’ m a photographer.m I can call myself anything I want unless it is protected. I can’t myself a physician, I’m not allowed by law. But otherwise call yourself whatever you want. Only you can know what you are or want to become.

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1 on May 31, 2017

IMO it’s not simply about owning a camera and taking pictures, but you also need to be passionate about making photographs to call yourself a photographer.

on May 31, 2017

I couldn’t agree more with this, I would only add not only passionate, but also consistent and hard working.

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0 on June 1, 2017

The Guy/Lady wtih the Camera in his/her Hand ,,,is a Photographer a Guy/Lady who paints with light ,,,,,Photo = Light  + graphos = drawing lines ,,,no quality included ,,,it is just about the act … and Yes ,,,you are ,,,and Yes i am a Photographer .

 

Greets Joannis 

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0 on June 1, 2017

i am not cause i just only own a poor 35 mm lense 🙂 🙂 🙂 I don’t wanna be a photographer, i think i don’t like them . very strange world isn’t it ?

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0 on June 4, 2017

A person who makes photographs is a photographer. I make photographs. I am a photographer. 

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1 on July 30, 2017

Sweet! Like you, when I’m not doing photography I’m often doing block printing. I’ve just recently started combining the two (using my photos as the basis of my prints).

And yes, I’m one who likes to do it all. It’s actually not as great as it seems… it really slows me down and gives me lots of excuses to lose focus as I shift from interest to interest. My wife says she’s glad she’s not creative for this reason.  :-\

on July 30, 2017

Ryan, you do block printing of photos too! Would love to see some photos of your work here 🙂

 

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0 on July 30, 2017

I think that one’s conscious intention makes him a photographer. I mean that if there is specific intent (while someone makes a photo) towards the future photography, when there is a space for choice, decision, then the one is a photographer. A photographer does conscious endeavor towards a photography. He doesn’t just take a photo, but makes it using his knowledge, intuition etc. He think about a result, he has particular ideas about results.

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0 on July 31, 2017

I think whether or not you are a photographer is entirely up to you.

Of all the ways to express myself, photography is my favorite medium, so I call myself a photographer. I also draw, write, make music, and enjoy cooking(which I also consider an art) though. 

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