So- I just happened to be reading the Cambridge dictionary and they define a photographer (in British English) as ‘a person who takes photographs, either as a job or hobby’. It’s the Mother Tongue and if it is good enough for Cambridge it’s good enough for me!
Yeah, yeah, whatever. You are talking about people who spell color as colour and call a sweater a jumper. We don’t even want to get into that, for sure. I mean, we got plenty good American slang and street definitions right here in the USA!
Just give a minute and I’ll pull up the Urban Dictionary.
That’s not exactly the ‘Universal, Unquestioned Source’, you know.
Oh, hush. Nobody I know speaks Cambridge or even Open University, though some might write it. I mean, did you ever hear anyone from Cambridge say ‘Do you feel me?’ meaning ‘Do you understand how terrible I feel because those bad people in the government office want to cut my benefits?’ Or, in certain other conversations, it means ‘Do you feel my pain?’ when their girlfriend (or boyfriend) leaves them and takes their source of income along with so now they might have to get a real job of their own.
Ai-Yai, it does not. It just means ‘Do you understand how I feel?’ and that is it!
Whatever. OK, found it. Listen up!
Photographer, per the Urban Dictionary:
What just about every scene kid and hipster under the age of 25 calls themselves these days. Many own Canon Rebel xtis and rely heavily on cropping and Photoshop filters to give their otherwise mundane photos an “artsy” feel. It is also not uncommon to see them wielding Lomography cameras (usually a Holga, now that they’re sold at Urban Outfitters) on any given day. Typically, these “photographers” cite Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, or, in the case of those Vice Magazine devotees, Terry Richardson, Cobrasnake, or Richard Kern, as major influences, because they couldn’t name any other photographers to save their lives.
The typical subjects of their photographs include, but are not limited to: pidgeon-toed girls in Converse that have been drawn on with ballpoint pens and/or Sharpies, flowers/weeds growing out of cracks in sidewalks, juxtapositions of objects that typically don’t go together (in one such case, a Queen of Hearts playing card on a cracked sidewalk), a girl who looks like something out of an American Apparel ad smoking a cigarette, decaying buildings, and just about anything that looks “vintage” (ie, yellowing washing machines in a laundromat).
16-year-old Dylan took to calling herself a photographer after receiving her Canon Rebel for Christmas, and snapping a few photos of sidewalks in Decatur.
“These photos represent the irony of life,” she said.
“And you represent the bane of modern photography,” David replied.
by Humberttt January 12, 2008
I mean, just update the camera names a bit and you got a 2017 photographer, exactly!
Well, by gosh, you are right. A much better definition after all. I guess we better start reading Tumblr blogs and following Deviantart too.