The above blog post pretty much perfectly encapsulates why I think this idea of being lectured – by people who have not got the first idea as to what they’re talking about – should just stop. (Also, this bloke is an absolute knob – he’s a “street shooter” which is photography slang for “joke.” And here he goes into detail explaining why that is, although he doesn’t know that’s what he’s doing, which will surprise nobody.)
He’s the perfect encapsulation of the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Here’s the “conclusion” to his post. (The particularly stupid bits were bolded by me.)
Ultimately I feel that depression is an opportunity for you to find your purpose in life. Obviously [Ed: yes, this is oh so obvious! Thank you oh wise one!] if you’re feeling depressed in life — this is your brian [sic] telling you that you’re feeling a lack of purpose or direction in life.
So don’t see depression as the enemy. Depression is just a signal in your brain telling you to change something in your life.
Some things to do:
– Walk around more, and make more photos in the streets. Treat street photography as walking therapy, to find beauty in the everyday.
– Shoot street portraits, and talk to strangers on the streets before making portraits of them. Smile really big, and give them a handshake (or fist bump) after making their portrait. This will bring you great happiness.
– Start a photo community (either offline or online)
– Help those less fortunate than you — empower yourself by empowering others.
In general, I’m not a great believer in the school of “you have to have done it to talk about it.” Often, the biggest annoyances in a sports commentary team are the ex-players, who bring little besides name recognition to the broadcast. But something like depression is utterly different from that – trained professionals who have not had depression can learn about it, and how to treat it, I am not suggesting that isn’t the case. This can be very helpful to those enduring/battling/overcoming/being overwhelmed by the condition. But other than that? No, you have no idea, any more than I understand what it’s like to live with cancer.
It also is totally ignorant of the concept that everyone has depression in a different way. It is not a “thing” that everyone necessarily experiences similarly.
But some “street photographer” condescendingly shilling for business among those entirely vulnerable as a result of their condition? Get stuffed.