your photographs are wonderful – you must have a really nice camera
There is an amusing anecdote doing the rounds as a graphic on Facebook and elsewhere – it’s a quote ascribed to Sam Haskins. Now, if you consider the number of quotes that get propagated on Facebook that are ascribed to Morgan Freeman, I’m surprised Sam Haskins even got a mention. But I digress.
The quote relates a story where a photographer smacks down a socialite in New York for some comment about the photographer’s camera. Well, here it is, and it kinda rankles me …
Photographers on FB keep reposting versions of this idea, reveling in the put-down. People get all high and mighty about the perceived insult. No one should dare snub the sheer Artistry of their work! It all sounds a little defensive in the end.
My take on this is entirely different. What I get from that comment by people is that they are just trying to make conversation. Now, if someone tells me that my photographs are lovely and I must have a good camera, then my reply is usually, “hell yeah!”. Or if it is a client (or family of a client), then it’s a more polite, “yes it is!”. Then we chat about photography and stuff. We’re all cool.
Hence my version of how the anecdote would play out.
To be honest, this is how it would normally play out: