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A journo's jottings under no deadline pressure (since Jan 1, 2010)

My mid-career decision

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Had just uploaded my latest pictures to flickr. Good friend SM took one look at them and declared, “You should have pursued a career in photojournalism!”
In fact, at one stage of my career I was in a dilemma about choosing between journalism and photojournalism. Journalism won mainly because, back in those days, photographers were very badly paid.
Later, the take-homes for photogs started shooting up but by then I was deeply entrenched as a khabari kutta (which is what cousin DK of Scotland calls me). Simultaneously, the cost of photography, including raw stock and processing / printing went through the roof. I had to pack away my Nikon F3 in the attic.
But now cheaper digital photography is here. And all kind of shit is being passed off as photojournalism. I am sure I am a million times better than the so-called modern ‘photographers’.
A very valid reason for me to pick up the camera more often, no?

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Written by Raju Bist

June 28, 2010 at 7:04 pm

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