“Photography for me brings a reminder of my grandfathers. Both photojournalists, one for the navy, and one for a newspaper and magazine service.
I think there are a lot of abuse of younger creatives, for example the public school system without a doubt in my mind exploits the services of young photographers and journalists.
The most important part of being a young journalist/photographer is knowing your work and the value of it. I know for a fact that people don’t actually understand the art of photography nor the time it takes to master it. Younger journalists are often taken advantage of and under appreciated just because of their age. A lot of time people won’t hire you to take photos of an event or an occasion just because of your younger age. All while your work is many times better than the person they hired.
I’ve actually had someone call me after and event and explain why they went with another photographer because he was older. They assumed the other would be better because of their age, not experience. In the end they apologized because they were unimpressed with their pictures and felt that they had made a mistake in hiring him over me.
Being a photographer is not only a job, but a lifestyle as well. If anyone is looking to get into an art form; start with photography. It changes the way you see the world.”