I had someone post a comment recently mentioning what I represent to the industry. What do I represent? Seriously…what?
Not a damn thing, that’s what. I am not a journalist, so I owe no objectivity, though I try to be objective when that is what is “best” to do. I’m not elected by any of you nor are (almost) any of you paying me (there are a VERY few who have made donations to this blog–over the months less than $250 total has been offered), so there is no fiduciary responsibility.
I don’t represent anyone but me.
No, all I try to do with this blog and in all my writing, etc., is to offer up my perspective and sometimes I try to goose you all into thinking differently than you might originally. And I try to give you all the best business-related advice I can. My expertise is in marketing for photographers and that is mostly what I try to share.
But sometimes I get asked my opinion and then I sometimes share my thoughts.
In the Greenberg post and comments, I never applauded her for her actions, yet people have made it sound like I am her staunch supporter. Read what I have written again–I have said that I don’t think what she did was wrong. That doesn’t mean I think it was a good thing to have done. You can not do wrong without doing right.
I have said that I thought she has handled it poorly after the fact. Some of what she has been quoted as saying is stuff that I wouldn’t have said in her place–no question. But I can see the parallels in her actions and comments with other artists of the past. I can put on my “what if” hat and think about how hard it is to get national press–good or bad–for your art and I can muse about why it’s okay for some artists (mostly male, you’ll note) to get away with much more objectionable behavior in the name of art, but Ms. G. is getting her ass handed to her.
As I go through law school, I am learning to look at all the possible sides of arguments. I think that is a very good (though often annoying and difficult) thing to try to do.
So, for the record, I don’t represent any of you and I don’t claim to. If you disagree with me on my opinions, that is just fine.
Just be respectful and understanding.