â€œIt takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.â€
A friend, who is part of a local art group I was considering joining, warned me that there is a huge bias against photographers. I wrinkled my nose and squinted my eyes.
â€œAre you serious?â€ I said.
â€œSadly, yes,â€ She responded.
My friend is a photographer too and has felt the dismissal that comes with the so-called ease of simply clicking a shutter to create our art. But she has produced images so wildly imaginative that the naysayers begrudgingly handed over awards, recognition, and respect. I intend to take lessons from her in the future, both in photography and in attitude.
As Mr. Bailey says in the quote above, â€œit takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.â€ Extraordinary! What a great word. What a great way to see the world. Iâ€™m going to keep clicking that shutter and sharing my vision because doing so is the best part of my day.