I’m going to say it out loud publicly… as so many of us have whispered on our private social networks and else where….DON’T BE A “D-bag”!
The overwhelming theme in our industry lately, seems to be just that… being a bully, a jerk… or an unhealthy mix of BOTH. Photographers, grown adults, acting like entitled children. Doing and saying things that are unkind, hurtful, inappropriate… either intentionally or just due to lack of couth.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
Whether it is a mental break down, an addition, speaking before thinking/typing, or the simple fact that they may be an awful human being… IT’S NOT RIGHT.
What not right? I’ll tell you… the problem is US! Us giving them the spotlight. Sharing their pages, talking about them publicly and giving them the attention that is unworthy. Isn’t that what 99% of it is, what they are looking for? A rancid way to boost their own popularity?!
“I’d rather have bad publicity than no publicity!”.
Gross… disgusting and sickening. Jacking up their SEO and having them gain … grossly GAIN….. fans by their behavior, even racism, and pure lack of respect for others. If we want this to end, WE have to be the ones to stop it. Stop sharing their pages, stop talking about them publicly. We have to STOP feeding into their lude and unkind behavior.
I will be the first to say… I AM GUILTY!
I shared a story on my own page… calling out a said artist who’s antics made my skin crawl. One whom I admired and followed for years. By sharing, my hopes were that people will NOT be a fan of their work… not giving the attention they were seeking. However, with my own “calling out”, I am doing exactly what they want. MAKING THEM LOOK INTERESTING. People (myself included) cannot resist wondering what is happening, who is acting out, and why?
I can say this though… the benefit from sharing such atrocities of public figures… even with their gain of fans and SEO… it is not the people they want to reach. Not new customers… thats for sure. Not fans of them personally, or even their art. They are fans of HATE… fans of DRAMA… fans who like to see others fall as well. Those are not fans that any true artist is looking for.
People like that, they do not deserve to have their names spoken, read or even thought. In this article… I will not call out a specific name(s), I refuse to give in to their cry for attention. And I also ask that YOU do not share any specific names in the comments here. Let’s not feed into the bonanza of hate that is happening. Instead… let’s spread more HAPPY… more friends vs competition… more LOVE to our world. Together, we can keep our photographic industry full of sparkle & shine, and BEAUTY.
IN THE END… their art does not matter. The beautiful images created by these “artists” is null and void… and when they are gone, dust back to the earth… their art will not be remembered. Their hatred, disgusting behavior… that is what till taint their memory. Which is sad. An artist with a beautiful & great gift… but whom lacks compassion and humanity… that great gift will be forgotten one day, and only the UGLINESS will remain.