…there’s no such thing as Flickr Pro, because today, with cameras as pervasive as they are, there is no such thing really as professional photographers, when there’s everything is professional photographers. Certainly there is varying levels of skills, but we didn’t want to have a Flickr Pro anymore, we wanted everyone to have professional quality photos, space, and sharing.”
– Marissa Mayer, Yahoo Event, May 2013 (Please also read her later retraction)
Being a great photographer, like most disciplines, requires standing on the shoulders of those who came before you and learning from others’ mistakes as well as your own. One of the mistakes being made is the “good enough” mistake. If you’re shooting for lowest common denominator and low profit margins or low esteem, sure, go ahead and take pictures and share them at the low bar level. The Chicago Sun-Times seems to think that’s okay. Marissa Mayer and Yahoo think it’s okay. Susan Sontag might have something different to say about that. I certainly do.
– Thom Hogan on The Chicago Sun-Times firing their entire staff of professional photographers in order to cut costs.
The images have no direct connection to the quotes. But they are only just “good enough”. Maybe this means I can get work at the The Chicago Sun-Times.