Update January 15, 2011: HERE
As I’m sure most of you now know, a recent report ranked being a photographer or photojournalist as two pretty crappy jobs to have in its list of the 200 best and worst jobs of 2010:
#122 Vending Machine Repairer
#195 Garbage Collector
With the hope of putting a little smile on the face of a miserable, cold, starving photographer, I am officially declaring this Appreciate A Photographer Week.
What does this mean? Each day for one week, I’m going to contact a photographer I’ve never talked to before and tell them how much I love their work. A simple email is all. Something like:
Happy New Year! I hope your year is off to a great start. I just wanted to write and tell you how much I appreciate your series xxxx. …yadda yadda yadda. I really love how yadda yadda yadda. Thank you for making it and sharing it.
So, please join me. If you don’t want to do it for a week, just do it today. Send an email to a photographer you admire but have never met. Tell him or her how much you like their work. It shouldn’t take you more than five minutes and who knows, you might make a new friend or seven. At the very least, you’ll probably brighten a photographer’s day just a little bit!