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somebody asked me this week, after hearing through the grapevine that i'm a photographer, "are you a member of 'professional photographers of america'?" "no." i answered. "no?" was his indignant reply, followed by "what about the 'texas professional photographers association'?""nope." i replied, not really interested in the pursuit of this particular line of questioning."why not?", he continued. "why should i be?" i asked, taking my turn as the questioner.alas, his cell phone beckoned, serenading everyone within earshot with "golddigger" at full tilt boogie volume. saved by the - well, ringtone.the truth is this about the ppa & tppa, and all the other pa's available to me:i don't need to pay anybody to belong to a society/association/organization to claim to be "professional". there are many, many very talented photographers belonging to these associations, and good for them. i wish them only the best.there are also however, many not-so-talented hacks with cameras who call propping your tilted chin on the backs of your clasped hands "portraiture".paying annual dues allows you to call yourself a professional - the same way that going to church on christmas and easter allows you to call yourself a christian. thanks, i'll pass on the associations for my own personal reasons, begrudging no one for their memberships to any organization.on an unrelated note, one of my photographs is currently on mtv.com
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