We’ve all got to start somewhere
Japan is where and how I became a travel photographer.
I recently shared some photos online from that fateful trip to Japan.
It was a photo essay that briefly explained how and why I got started.
Although I’d taken photos abroad before these were my first real foray into travel photography.
I’d never even thought of myself as a photographer before — it was just something that I liked to do when I traveled.
People are mean
Someone commented on the photos: “What’s the point you were trying to make?”
My knee-jerk response was to say: “My point is that you’re an arsehole.”
Their comment seemed very rude to me at first but then I saw that they were a talented professional travel photographer and now I have guilt.
Why do I have guilt?
I don’t really. It just made me do a double-take on whether they were asking in earnest. I even said as much to them in my reply.
I also realised that “What’s the point you’re trying to make?” is actually a good question to ask yourself before you take a photo.
It’s also good life advice if you narrow your eyes, squint for a bit, and concentrate.