As photographers, many of us do tend to take ourselves a little too seriously. We spend a great deal of time making sure we’re perceived the way we want to be and that people know who we are. In this tongue-in-cheek article, Etienne Bossot of Pics of Asia lays out your path to becoming a famous travel photographer.
Photography has changed immensely over the past two decades, and much of what is now considered photography might actually be closer to digital art despite the creation of its base elements being made with a camera. So many styles have evolved from this change that it is no wonder we see people struggling to stay afloat and doing outlandish things for a taste of what it’s like to have the world looking at you.
For example, "Instagram fame" is sought after by many and talked about ad nauseam. There are countless guides about building your following and how to maximize your likes (hint: hang your feet over the edge of a building, photograph the cityscape with your new shoes in it, and give the result a desaturated orange-and-teal grade). People are even sending themselves into massive debt simply to gain fame. Instagram accounts like youdidnotsleepthere are even specifically dedicated to finding and sharing images of blatant attempts at gaining a following with no substance.
Don’t take this as a negative view of social media or the changes in the photography world at all. I’m simply setting the stage for Bossot’s comedic parody of the pursuit of fame for fame’s sake. Head over there and check that out now. At the very least, you’ll get a few chuckles as you conjure up a list of people you know who fall into the categories and recall the things you’ve done along your way to getting here. Once you’re done with that, enjoy this throwback to Fstoppers’ hilarious take on the Nikon Df. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t take things too seriously!
Lead photograph used courtesy of Kevern Meredith.