I’m sure that many of you read the post yesterday over at my friend Scott Kelby’s blog. I was all set to write a full blown rant about the situation but there’s really nothing more that I could say that hasn’t already been written in the 300+ comments. Instead, I thought I would share a thought that I had after reading all the venom. I think that the folks at Sport Shooter that had so much trouble with the idea of a contest winner sharing the sidelines missed out on a golden opportunity. It’s the same idea that I believe inspired Mike Olivella to come up with the idea in the first place. It’s the idea that those of us that are lucky enough to be living our dreams should try to inspire and mentor others. Mike thought that giving an amateur a chance to experience his world might inspire others to chase a dream.
So how does that relate back to the angry photogs who started this all? Well, in my mind, they missed out on the idea that they could be influential in the life of another aspiring photographer. I’m sure many of them are gifted in their craft and could take that talent to mentor someone with the desire and ambition to follow in their foot-steps. Perhaps they could have offered to give critiques to the winner of the contest. Maybe the could have offered to partner with Scott and Mike to create an event that would have fostered more positive light on their profession. Instead they chose to react in a manner which threw a spotlight of anger and disdain upon themselves. In the end, they missed out on the opportunity to inspire and encourage and left many with a bad taste in their mouth.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent… No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” –