Never mind the labels

PhotoMouth One – In the world of photography we love to label and categorise but labelling often misses the point…

I’ve been a photographer for nearly 30 years and the two questions I get asked most often is “What kind of a photographer are you?” and “What kind of photography do you do?” 

Stifling a roll of the eyes, I mull over answers like ‘a bad one or a good one’, ‘outdoor or studio’ but what the questioner is really looking for is a label. Telling them that I’m a landscape photographer or I’m a wildlife or travel photographer would make them happy, but it’s a pigeon hole which makes no sense as I could be all of these on different days. 

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches photography, mentors and is a competition judge.