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    • Hmm. My first reaction is that he's naive. What is truth? We think we know. But any kind of editorial decision -- and news coverage is born of editorial decisions -- involves judgment and viewpoint.

      I have a sense that whatever he himself is feeling at the time will become truth in his mind. If he executes his vision with passion, it might produce fine work. But it will be his truth. Not objective truth (which is a highly elusive and sometimes unavailable thing.)

      My second reaction is that he's going to want somebody to pay him for pursuing truth and honesty. And that person is likely to have commercial reasons for some of the things he or she demands of him.

      I wonder if he'll enjoy his work and prosper, or become disillusioned and bitter, as he pursues a career in photo journalism.

    • exactly! The worst part is he has a very "up front" personality. I don't see him lasting long.
      He showed me some of his work that received high praise. Meh.

      He looked at me like I was crazy when I told him that t-stops and f-stops were different too.
      We chatted for about an hour and it was a long hour, but I figured if wanted to ask me questions, I'd answer them. I've left a lot out about my hour with this kid. He spent most of the hour finding ways to belittle the commercial profession.

      I've met so many young photographers with huge egos, but I've never come across someone that was willing to insult me to my face because I choose to shoot commercial work.

      I hope I never see him again, but he hangs out at my favorite pub. ugh.

    • Today I learned about T-stops. lol I wonder if he went back and educated himself?

      I think young people in general can be prone to know-it-allism. I'm sure I was. I see it in other forums. Real life -- which is humbling -- beats it out of most of us eventually.

    • I will never forget the moment when I realized everybody I knew was lying about how talented I was. I was devastated. I put the camera down for years..
      When i went back in 97 I embraced my ignorance and learned how to know that I didn't know something.
      I have found a lot of young photographers shun technical knowledge because they think that it stiffels creativity. Not understanding technical technique is actually what's holding them back.