I have acquaintances who fancy themselves photographers. But not just photographers, oh no! They fancy themselves artistes.
You see, the products that they produce are beautiful photographs. I do not deny that! So, what more could I ask?
Here is my problem: they take photographs of flowers. Flowers are intrinsically beautiful. Any reasonable photo of a flower cannot fail to be beautiful. Try it. Better yet, have your three-year-old try it. The product that you (or your three-year-old) produce is a beautiful photograph. Big deal!
I am of the opinion that being able to hold a camera still while pointing it at a bush, does not justify pretensions of artistic skill. Worse yet, they don’t even hold the camera still themselves. They use a freaking tripod!
So, what is the proper response? Why, of course, mockery is the proper response. This I have done, in my own subtle and gentle manner. You see, I can take a photo of a flower, too! ---Pip R. Lagenta