The Internet gives the illusion that everybody can be “somebody”. It surely has opened the door for some, but the hard truth is that most of us aspiring artists (including us photographers) remain largely unnoticed for our entire lifetimes, even with the mighty power of the Internet and social media.
Unlike sports, art is more complicated. For a 6-year-old kid starting to play football (“soccer” to those in U.S., Australia, etc.), it doesn’t take too long to judge if the kid has the potential to play professionally in the future. In art, however, it’s much harder to come to such an early conclusion, as artists develop over time and there are many late-starters, too.
Hoping to Be Noticed One Day
In my case, I started photography in my mid-30s as a hobbyist (or so-called enthusiast). In the beginning, it was purely for my self-satisfaction, but over time, I’ve grown a