Photography culture is a weird thing, and there can be a lot of unnecessary gatekeeping regarding gear, skills, creativity, access to opportunities, and more, and it can all be rather discouraging, especially for newcomers. This excellent video essay offers some important words of encouragement for facing those gatekeepers.
Coming to you from Daniel Norton Photography, this great video essay discusses some of the discouraging words we often hear in photography and how it is important to remember that photography is for everyone. I think it is important to remember that when it comes to professional success, the conversation is a bit more nuanced, as the marketplace is quite inundated and finding financial success takes a lot. But the gatekeepers we often deal with have nothing to do with this. Instead, they are often speaking from a place of insecurity, frustrated by what they see as an influx of people threatening to take their jobs or undermine the sanctity of their art. This then comes out in the form of insults and gatekeeping and can often lead to new photographers feeling discouraged and leaving the community or photography completely. Do not let these sort of people ruin your love of the pursuit. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Norton.