I often find myself frustrated by the lack of respect people show one another. I am a young, hard-working professional, but I am rarely treated with respect, nor are my ideas or research taken seriously.
When it comes to photography, I find myself being quiet and shying away from standing up for myself, my ideas and my photos.
Today I had the lovely opportunity to work with someone who recently bought a studio above a bar and "became a photographer". No, buying a Canon Rebel and sticking the kit lens on it does not make you a photographer, neither does buying a studio.
While I tried setting up the students she rolled her eyes at me and told me that my background looked crappy. Setting up a photograph means looking at more than just the background.
While I was brave at first by directing the students to change their positions so the sun wasn't in their faces, my bravery soon vanished as this "photographer's" rudeness came through. I would take a few practice shots, adjust my shutter speed and aperture and take a few more, while she was popping up her on-camera flash and trying to draw attention to herself.
I would point out an area I thought would be good to take a photo at and she would loudly announce it as her own idea. I would position myself in an area to get a good shot and she would rudely step in front of me to make sure I couldn't get the shot.
While this level of rudeness and unprofessional behavior is not something that is new to me, it is something that bothers me. This photographer was 20 years older than me, surely she should at least have a few manners.
I know I can't change how people act, but one thing is for sure — I never want to be like her, or be brought down to her level. As the advice from my professor said, ""Never argue with an idiot. He'll drag you down to his level and beat you with experience."