Wow. Photography is one of the toughest industries to be starting out in right now. There are millions of photographers out there all clamoring for a few bucks. And digital hasn’t made it easier. Now everyone and their mom, second cousin once removed, and brother in law’s uncle has a camera, and most of them think they can take just as good pictures as a pro, which means no one* buys images anymore. ‘Why buy something I can do just as good myself?’ they say. All the pros already out there have a somewhat better position, because at least they have some recognition. But how many people hear one person shouting amongst the millions? And how many of the small percent that does hear is looking to buy? It seems impossible. So hats off to all the pros out there, I admire your determination, and wish you the best of luck.
But on a less high note, how much longer can photography survive as an art like this? How much longer until people see so many shots, good and bad, that they don’t see photography as art anymore? How long can photography survive as art? And how long, after that, can it survive as a source of income for all the pros, even the most famous? What will it be then?
I had a thought today. Yes, we all have thoughts every day, but this was a particular thought. And it was this: with all the multitudes of photographers, good or not, on the various photo sites: Flickr, Instagram, 500px, etc., how does one get noticed? Even if all the bad shots were weeded away, and only the really good ones left, there would still be millions of photos to weed through. It’s somewhat depressing for someone just starting out, like me. There are so many already out there, who’s going to notice a few more? This leads to a question: who (or what) are you taking pictures for? (Edit 2/7/14: I just realized now that this applies to blogging,too) Because if it’s for others, if you measure a pictures success by how many likes or comments it attracts, good luck, there’s just to many for any one photo to register as anything but a blip. But for those that take photos for themselves, not for money or popularity, for those people, this is the golden age of photography, and it will (probably) only get better from here.