Things Iâ€™ve observed since March 1999 when I first launched GarageGlamour.com (now www.glamour1.com) which often amazes me.
First, as a warm-up, I often help people as I believe in spreading the gospel of photography. Second, perhaps Iâ€™ve been too nice and now itâ€™s time to rethink my philosophies in life. Third, Iâ€™m not perfect, and I too have had my quirks and have made my mistakes, but what Iâ€™m learning more exponentially than ever before, is the true side of people.
So here are some â€œthings,â€ that Iâ€™ve learned and observedâ€”keep in mind, these statements are about other people, not meâ€”as an example, in item #1, I donâ€™t have that kind of money. These statements are not about people I consider my true friends, so if you are one of my true friends, donâ€™t place yourself here, these statements are more for people I now know were pretenders of friendship for their own agendas.
1. Money can buy you enough photographic training, equipment, and open doors for you for publication, but money canâ€™t buy you consistency in styleâ€”and when that money dries up, so do your friends.
2. Photography is one of those professions like lawyers, you fight ugly against each other but youâ€™ll also shoot hoops and have a drink with one another.
3. Back-stabbing is rampant, especially with those you have helped. People often show their true colors in many forms, but act color-blind when confronted personally about what they said or did.
4. Hypocrites exist in photography too, just like all professions, most is ego based.
In conclusion, I remember Malcolm Forbes in an interview where he stated he didnâ€™t feel successful until he could count one true friend for each finger on each handâ€”he claimed then he was still working on his first hand and that he was not successful until those hands would fill up, which they never did by his terms.
I know how he felt and today, thanks to folks like Ralph, Michael, Sherwin, Hillary, Holley, Paul, Jesse and a few others for showing their true friendship, Iâ€™m working on hand two and might have an edge on Forbesâ€”wow, is that a good sign? (grin)
Well itâ€™s time to get some sleep so I can observe and learn more, after all, Iâ€™m not color-blind and Iâ€™ll keep my eye out for true colors. Wishing everyone the best, rg sends!