What do you do when your son tells you that he wants to become a photographer?
Do you enthusiastically embrace this concept, knowing that it is exceptionally hard for professional photographers to make a living in this digital age?
Give an orang utan a Nikon and it will take photos...Right?
Sure, everyone can take a photo; sharp, HD, instant imagery to upload on FB and Instagram. But only a truly gifted photographer can take a photo which captures the imagination for longer than a few seconds.
I believe creativity is a gift to be nurtured, cosseted, but above all to be used. If you are creative but unproductive, no-one will see your photos. It's as simple as that.
(It's like writing. A blog, for example. The fact that hardly anyone will read it, isn't all that important. You feel the need to write, and thus you do.)
|Sky with gulls, by Wibe Koopman|
So, to return to my original question: what do you do?
You stimulate, you facilitate, you pay up. But above all, you are so damn proud.
|Beach, by Wibe Koopman.|