Exasperated dog running and trying to catch a ball.
Exasperated dog running and trying to catch a ball.
Photo by B. Critchley

I could never catch a ball.

When you are a young guy, this inability destroys your self-esteem. And it doesn’t do much for your popularity with the other guys.

As far back as I can remember, there were people in gym class who would try to immerse us in their athletic wisdom. They had college degrees in “physical education”. I hated some of them and felt sorry for the rest.

“Keep your eyes on the ball.” They would say it repeatedly to the class in general and to me in particular, because I could never catch a ball. But the…


Fashion image of model in fog.
Fashion image of model in fog.

They aren’t even photographers.

This includes almost all amateurs and many pros. One group it excludes are people who use their camera or phone to take photos of family, kids, pets, etc. They just want to take pictures, and taking pictures is what photography is all about.

Maybe it’s surprising, but these people are actually more authentic photographers than the serious camera buffs who spend thousands of dollars on photo gear and spend a lot of time reading about it, talking about it, and worrying about which pieces to choose.

My beef with this group is that although they profess…

John P. Manning

Photographer, digital imager, writer, philosopher.

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