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I
AM
NOT
A
PHOTOGRAPHER

I do not own the equipment to properly label myself as such. I do not own the knowledge to proclaim myself as one. I have never taken a class on it. I’ve never even been on a photowalk with other aspiring “photographers”. And I’m not sure I even want to be one.

They all seem snobby as fuck. Fuck them. Whatever “them” is?

I guess I don’t even know what the fuck a “photographer” is.

Is it somebody who takes photographs of weddings and engagements and other monotonous affairs? Is it somebody who can properly gage a photograph in the one thirds aspect for a perfect composition? Is it somebody who goes to Iraq and risks their life to capture life in a faraway land? Or is it somebody who owns 12 lenses and 3 cameras and runs around with 2 assistants taking photos around the world of landscapes, random people, flowers, graffiti, or wild life animals?

Or is it just somebody who is able to sell their fine prints for $100 a pop and make a living out of it? I think anyone who can properly pull this off I would unquestionably label a photographer.

Me?

Not so much.

Take for example the photo you see here. I went to the park one day to bang out my daily 365 photo. My kid was playing on the swings and dicking around with another young kid. I took about 30 photos of myself around sunset walking against a chalked wall smoking a cigarette. I know enough about photography or at least about my camera that I knew I wanted to blur my body. It was easy at sunset. I just set my shutter to about 1/6th of a second and adjusted my aperture as such to achieve proper exposure. I took a shit load of shots. Then I combined them into one as seen.

I fucked with the colors, contrast, shadows, highlights, levels, curves, and other elements within my post processing.

And….?

VIOLA!

But seriously.

For me, this is more of an art project than anything else. The colors are manipulated. The four components of myself are manipulated. The blur is actually in-camera. I guess it took a tiny bit a know-how to do that.

The photo at hand? Me doing many shots of myself walking against a chalkboard in a playground while my kid played. The father of the kid my daughter was playing with actually was kind of staring at me the entire time out of the corner of his eye. I could tell he was like, “what the fuck is this guy doing?!?!”

Thank god the little girl I am in total care of takes away from the weird creepy odd factor when she proclaimed me her “Daddy” upon running up to me.

The album below? Dude. It’s a TOTAL CLASSIC!! It practically invented punk. And it reinvented everything you know as indie rock or anything cool that is listen to today. If you don’t own this, you are a loser. And you should just go hang your head in shame. And then you should just go listen to Britney Spears because that is all you are good for.

Location: Lincoln Park (not the stupid band); Alameda, California
Taken: September 24th, 2009
Posted: October 24th, 2009 (OH MY GOD THE SAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Album of the Day: Ramones by Ramones
Video: Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
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VKMUSTBEDESTROYED, MacroMarcie, and 84 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. threekusjes 67 months ago | reply

    i SO get this.
    i did something similar a while back.
    i'm no pro either.
    just playing.
    not caring what anyone else thinks but me.
    but appreciating that others appreciate where I am coming from.
    and seeing the artistic feel.
    self taught. always amazed. always amused.
    you are talented.
    cool shot{s}.

  2. Jesus Hueso [deleted] 67 months ago | reply

    a picture really good ... congratulations

  3. DaizyB 67 months ago | reply

    This pic just rock man...

  4. flickroffreedom 67 months ago | reply

    "thanks for your kind words. I guess the reason I don't consider myself a photographer is because I can't even seem to get a half decent shot of my kid in my apartment"

    you need a faster shutter speed. like try 1000 and just keep shooting!!!! like you shoot yourself!

    ryan if you own a camera your a photography hobbiest. anyone can be a photographer it's just the kind you become. fancy shit doesn't make you a photographer!

  5. =Tom= 67 months ago | reply

    The pic is great. Love the blurry figures of you. Nice photoshopping there bud :)

  6. Liupc 67 months ago | reply

    cool!! love the motion :D

    i wished i could've seen that father's face haha

  7. K3V1NM 67 months ago | reply

    your best shot.

  8. Eva Psarrou 66 months ago | reply

    Oh, yes, you are... :-) Fine photography!! Congrats!!

  9. lucyd* 66 months ago | reply

    You are so damn cool that I hate and love you at the same time. Don't know how I missed this but I wish I could fave this a million times.

  10. crustydolphin 66 months ago | reply

    and you said effing hell to my comments? 122...i dont think youre doing too badly ryan ;)

  11. mihaela muntean 66 months ago | reply

    this is very cool.
    compliments.

  12. backroom.angel 66 months ago | reply

    good one Ryan...(hah, you're a photographer!)

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  13. craigwortman 66 months ago | reply

    I would consider you more of an artist. You create each masterpiece that you display here. I dont know what classifies one as a photographer.

  14. Abbie Lou 66 months ago | reply

    I love this shot, I love that you think out of the box, and create something a little different, who cares if some kids Dad is looking at you as if your a little unhinged!!!!

  15. bachullus ♥ © 66 months ago | reply

    this shot kick my ass!

  16. NoelSalazaar 66 months ago | reply

    By looking at your stream you are an artist who uses his camera as a paintbrush. Simple. I had a photographer look at my pictures and he went on about lighting and composition and focus and white balance and all this other bull. All I wanted to know was what he thought about them I already knew they werent technically sound, Im not a professional photographer!

  17. Juan West [deleted] 66 months ago | reply

    that "im not a photographer" speech it painfully narcisistic

    i think flickr is playing with your ego

    taking photos and having people comment

    that doesnt make you a photographer...............

    it makes you someone who puts photos on the internet and has people comment on them.............

    no need to put down photography students,

  18. *Cencula* 63 months ago | reply

    Hmmmmm....of all three of them I think THIS one is MY favorite. there's something about the real crisp pebbles and rocks there that go against your blurry figure with no face showing - it's a mystery!

    As for your caption for the day:
    Owning a camera doesn't make a person a photographer.... having a business and snapping away at weddings (planning on doing that myself as well... :-P) sure doesn't make a person one... having an assistant?...nope...risking their life?...nope again.... (you get the picture...right?....lol)
    I think a photographer is a person that managed to get the point/atmosphere/emotion/../ across through the picture they have taken...with whichever camera, with whichever means, in whichever amount.If there's nothing there for others to feel as well it's just a holiday snap category kind of shit. that's my 2 cents worth. :-P

  19. *Cencula* 63 months ago | reply

    oh and btw: I don't own any of the Ramones Cds... I guess I should go listen to Britney then, huh?...lol... :-P

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