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| p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Spray & Pray Shooting, Automated, Really??? |
They very well could have been doing that for something else, work related even and weren't there for the photography. I don't know, I am disturbed by how often photographers love to judge each other, the condemnation and snobbery of those who look down on others who may stand in lines of people and shoot the same icon, or gasp even shoot out their car windows. We all have our own reasons for doing what we do, and if they are enjoying themselves and experiencing nature how they like to experience it then good for them.
Just like with most things in life, if you work very hard for something, you will appreciate it much more than if it was given to you. I view icon shots like the participation trophy I received in little league. It was new and shiny, but I didn't work hard for it, and I surely didn't earn it. I remember thinking to myself that everyone got a trophy, so it really didn't mean anything.
I've taken icon shots like this in the past, and it felt very empty. I wasn't very proud of the shots because I know I didn't work for them. I was simply doing the exact same thing as all the other photographers.
I like to encourage photographers to find their own subjects, and think creatively. If you consider this Snobbery, then I am a very proud and creative snob.