Some people get really hung up about how they are referred to. What’s all the fuss? Some people only like to be referred to as a ‘professional photographer’, as if stating the word ‘professional’ makes them better than anyone else. Actually, some of the best photographers I know are amateur and proud to be so. One guy, in particular, creates far better images than any of the professionals I know. But he doesn’t get hung up on the fact that he is an amateur photographer.
Some people call us ‘togs’ (as in phoTOGraphers). Yet again, I know quite a few other people who see that as a derogatory term. I’m quite happy to be called a tog and so are most of my photographer friends. In fact, we got the word ‘togging’ added to the urban dictionary as a description of what a bunch of togs do.
There appears to be a theoretical hierarchy in photography circles – pro’s at the top, then togs, amateurs and then the lowest of the low is a GWC – ‘Guy With Camera’ Unfortunately this is definitely a derogatory term. It refers to a certain type of person who buys all the right equipment so that they can get closer to models that they normally wouldn’t get the opportunity to associate with.
So who am I? Well, I’m a photographer. It’s what I do for a living so I guess that makes me a professional photographer. I’m a tog. It’s what I do. It’s who I am. I suppose you could call me a Guy With a Camera. I am male, and I do have a camera. In certain photography circles I am called ‘The Tedge’ – that’s a whole different story and not one I’m going to share now.
So what should you call me? Actually, in all honesty, I don’t care what you call me. The only thing I do care about is that you do call me.
Just call me!
Terry McNamara is a Manchester based freelance and commercial photographer and photography tutor. Here you can keep up to date with the projects Terry is working on and whatever he may be currently thinking about.