As a serious photographer….
to be blunt, paparazzi piss me off.
These people who go around shooting anything and everything potentially notable, regardless of the consequences and how it might affect others, really get my goat. And for what, just to earn a few bucks?
As someone who believes in the art of photography, these people drive me nuts.
Here are a few of the countless reasons:
1. Many of them don’t even know good photography. Take a look at the images in the tabloids and such, many aren’t well composed, have exposure issues and are lacking some of the more basic technical elements of the art.
2. They rarely even give any thought to a person’s privacy. This includes the children of celebrities, the most fragile age group among us.
3. A lot of them see themselves as “journalists” in some way. Now I went to school and graduated with a degree in journalism and can assure you that most of them probably don’t have the first clue of what it means to be a journalist.
Maybe someday people will wake up and stop tolerating this crime against the art of photography.