Once the amateur’s naive approach and humble willingness to learn fades away, the creative spirit of good photography dies with it. Every professional should remain always in his heart an amateur
- Alfred Eisenstaedt
You know, you ask someone for their photo and they say yes, then they ask if you’re a photographer and you go “yeah, a street fashion photographer”, then they tell you that they’re a fashion photographer and upon being asked tell you the names of magazine that they photograph for - good magazines, really good magazines - and it’s like there’s a part of you that recedes and shrivels up and you just want to say “Me, a photographer? No, I was only joking…”. I think what it really reflects is that with photography it’s like that Grace Coddington line from The September Issue - “You know, you’ve got to have something to put your work in. Otherwise, it’s not valid” - that there’s this sense that if your work is going into something, then you’re good, and if it’s not, then you’re not good.
I mean, its true in a sense, but there’s the other side of it in which you have to ask “how do you get good in the first place? how do you get your work/photographs into something in the first place”. Well, you have to start somewhere (usually nowhere) and then build it up - learn, play, experiment, define, refine - and then hope at some point someone says “I like what you do, can I publish it?”.