Is Everyone A Photographer?

Have you ever thought in how photography seems to be the one profession where people could instantly join the club purely on the basis of owning a camera? Think about it. Taking a drive to the nearest hardware store to buy a fully equipped tool belt is just as easy as stopping by an electronic store to pick up a camera and yet under no circumstances would I publicize myself as a newly indoctrinated carpenter who could build you a marvelous kitchen set.Jorge Quinteros.


Jorge Quinteros has been steadily perfecting his street photography. In a recent post he mentioned that he had reached the point where he felt he could no longer write just about his techniques. He felt he had said all the needed to say on that topic and how he now wants to write about the subject of his photos — getting to know them more intimately. I applaud his efforts and his post started me thinking about my own photography.

I love the journalistic aspect of street photography — I live in the suburbs so “street” means something else here1 — but I always feel weird pointing my camera at strangers on the street. I don’t think I have the confidence for that. I always think the Princeton police will show up to arrest “that creepy black guy with the camera”.

I guess I have to overcome my discomfort in pointing the camera at a person. I’ll start practising on my family first.

  1. Princeton is the nearest town that offers a “downtown” and an opportunity for street photography. Most towns around here have no town centre. 

Read with trust

Jorge Quinteros on the launch of the Read & Trust Network

I read the blogs from those writers who eloquently share detailed information on one subject but who can then easily toggle onto something else. These are the people that I make it my business to learn from because they inspire me to hone my own craft. I’m not only deeply interested in what they write but on who they trust to get information on topics they have interest in.