I should be feeling lucky! I get recognized for the work I have been doing for the Northern New Hampshire Arts Alliance. The Alliance is amazing, bringing artist and student together sharing the vision of artists with those who have no other access to the arts, both performing and fine gallery arts. And Frumie is Amazing, I don't know how she gets what she does done. I for one can't fathom doing what she does.
It seems to me that perhaps I have the wrong label. Having had the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts bestowed upon me by the Chansolors of the Rhode Island School of Design, I feel strongly that I am an artist. Photographer, however is how I am introduced. In fact I am refered to as a professional photographer which is not untrue. Why is it that my profession needs to have professional in it, isn't that redundant? I don't refer to my attorney as a professional lawyer, but she indeed is. My mechanic is just as professional, yet he is my Mechanic, not my professional mechanic. The Professional Doctor I go to is one of the best! Good think he is a professional :-). I tell you what, you can learn lots at the university of Google!
Perhaps it is the lack of understanding on how to define a photographer. It occurs to me that Ansel Adams was a professional photographer. He was also an artist educator, in addition he was a fine art photographer, He also was a concert pianist. Perhaps I should refer to myself as a 'photographic artist'. I have so many hats. Artist, photographer, Artist Educator, Professor, It seems to me that they are all related and all one in the same, the artist.