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What is a Lesser Photographer?

CJ Chilvers
CJ Chilvers
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A Lesser Photographer…

  • Always has a camera handy
  • Is not impressed by equipment
  • Is impressed by results
  • Understands that constraints foster better art
  • Doesn’t focus on what sells
  • Does focus on what moves

Photography is one of the most popular hobbies on the planet, but you’d never know it by reading most photography blogs, podcasts, books and tutorials. It’s mostly treated as a profession, where the goal is either making money or collecting more equipment. But that’s just not realistic for the vast majority of photographers.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with making money, but that mindset has led an entire generation of photographers to concentrate on what sells, not what moves them.

An entire generation is being led to believe that the features on their cameras are more important than the photos they produce.

This is a blog for the rest of us; for the ones not interested in what’s marketable, but what’s remarkable. In other words, it’s a place for what the arrogant in our hobby would deem “lesser photographers.”

Minimalist photography is about dropping the notion of equipment envy, always having a decent camera in your pocket to capture photographs that matter to you wherever, whenever, and being able to use that camera competently at the drop of a hat.

I’ve recently put this theory to work in my own photography and the results of this experiment are the focus of this blog.

My only real goal is to change some minds out there about what’s really important about photography. Please, feel free to join in, offer links and submit your own thoughts along the way.