With apps like Instagram and platforms like Flickr in existence it's now easier than ever to share your work behind and in-front of the lens. Of course this adds to the constant question of, not just who is a photographer - but more importantly who the community of photography is for. I've spent some time peeping some major insta photogs comments on others and it's left me conflicted. While I would agree that picking up a camera doesn't make you a photographer, I don't think it's fair to discredit an individuals effort at capturing what they want to claim as authentic for themselves. More than that I wonder why there seems to be a gatekeeper mentality, when we all started with nothing. Especially seeing as many photographers are self-taught, but that's a kettle of fish for another day.
Over the first weekend of October I got the chance to partake in #WWIM12 aka World Wide Instameet 12. Having taken part in one meet earlier this year, I was game. Only this time we would be exploring spots in deadmonton. A task that seemed a little daunting, given the confused architecture and planning of the city, but what's life without a challenge? Personally, starting from the point of view of streetstyle, and now my style - I enjoy being around other people. The urge to learn from those with more skills, as well as challenge myself to see a spot differently are priceless opportunities - no matter the politics.
PS - Check out the tag #wwim12edmonton to see more shots by everyone else who was there.