Are photographers writers undervalued?

Validation from the Light Stalking website …I’m honoured.

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Photographing the Confederations Cup soccer tournament final, Loftus Versveld, June 2009
Photographing the Confederations Cup soccer tournament final, Loftus Versveld, June 2009

I recently responded to this post about how photographers are often undervalued. I sent a link to my article to Light Stalking, where the original post appeared.

In the last line of my blog post I made this half-joking comment:

In closing, if Dsvonko (the article’s author) really wants to know what it’s like having one’s work devalued, he should try writing for living!”

The powers-that-be at Light Stalking were none too keen on my point of view, which I offered as an alternative opinion on the matter. I received a terse, dismissive, one-line reply from someone at Light Stalking (whom I won’t name as this is not a name-and-shame exercise) that brought this issue into sharp focus (if you’ll forgive the photographic pun).

Here is what Light Stalking told me, verbatim:

“I don’t pay my writers enough to put up with snark.” [Emphasis added]

Q.E.D.

P.S. I’ve made my living as a writer for the better part of 40 years, so I’m well-versed with the battles many writers sometimes experience to earn their daily bread.

©2016. All images copyright Grahame Hall and may not be used without my written permission. Please respect the rights of others.

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