Nick wrote recently about his thoughts on the topic of being a professional photographer or being an artist and not pressuring yourself into professional work if you don’t want to be one. An interesting read.
Numerous articles across the internet claim to have the secrets to success as a professional, or the reasons why you’re failing, or what you need to do to grow your business and succeed. Rarely do they talk about the simple desire to make art for yourself, and how to learn and grow and achieve your own personal goals.
Why does digital photography seem so obsessed with “making it” as a professional? Whatever happened to people just wanting to pursue it as a personal means of expression?
And yet ever since that first commission, I have consistently struggled against the notion that to be a photographer means I also should be a professional accepting commissions with entirely different goals than I.