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Monday, February 27, 2012

"Photography is a cakewalk compared to writing..." 'James "Kimo" Rosen'

"One needs thick skin to be an opinion columnist or writer, photography on the other hand is definitely more zen like..."
I had a career as a professional photographer for 30 years before retiring in 2003. I did everything from commercial, weddings ,portraits, passports, travel, photojournalism  and freelanced for numerous national publications.

In all  my years as a  professional photographer I had many compliments, people never went off  on me or quit talking to me because they didn't like a photo I took.

Fast forward to my retirement years where I fancy myself a blogger and an opinion writer with many letters to the editor along with a daily blog.

People will  comment things like, "move back to where you came from," or "go drink Manischewitz wine and complain with your own types."  (actual comments) Writing is  a passion in such a different way than photography.
Nobody ever looked at one of my photos and said, "move back to where you came from,"  "or  next time I see you on your bike, lookout..!" 

This blog for example, nobody will get upset with the photo I have accompanying this blog, but some will be upset with the content of words, the writing."One needs thick skin to be an opinion columnist or writer, photography on the other hand is definitely more zen like..."
I have discovered that writing takes thick skin, whereas photography is definitely more of a cakewalk with  people responding to writers so much different than photographers.
They say each picture is worth a thousands words, however words get you in trouble not photo's. For now all I can say is,  "smile and say cheese!"  :D)

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Douglas Dunn said via facebook;"Yeah, Kimo, there's some people who don't like what you write in TGI.

But look at those who don't like you, and look at the many who think you're the greatest. Compare and contrast. And then take the disdain of the losers and the praise of... the winners, and know that the losers are just jealous and those of quality count you among their ranks.

Take both as a compliment, even though the losers didn't mean it that way."

KimoRosen said...

Doug, Mahalos for the kind words...

Anonymous said...

'Unc," said via facebook;"Your writings ar tops,& your photography excellent,I envied your profession & good life...Brooks huh ? me went to Los Angeles Art Center of photo until call back to military service in Korean war,best job in military anyone can have.thanks Uncle Sam."

KimoRosen said...

‎"Unc," as you thank Uncle Sam, I am thanking Uncle Chester! Aloha

Anonymous said...

Rema Murphy said via facebook;"You are brilliant at both and I am proud to be your friend."

KimoRosen said...

Rema-san, flattery will get you everywhere! ;D)

Anonymous said...

Chester "Unc" Lau said via facebook;"Rabbi Kimo,we needed more of you,who care about the idiots who do not like your TGI ,Hitler starts with banning TGIs & the Jews,think about it,we have them in the US also...(Blacks in the rear of the bus)!!!free speech or live under dictatorship !!! vive le Rabbi K :-)"

Anonymous said...

Comments sections for publications have become the cancer of modern day journalism....

Anonymous said...

..... I fed the fish!!!

Rick Comstock said...

I need to be more solution and constructive with my comments. I often misrepresent my friends and let myself down. I will be better.

KimoRosen said...

Comments are fine when people comment with their real name, however when anonymous comments are made with crazy screen names and no recourse to the person posting that is what needs to stop. For a while The Garden Island Newspaper actually made anyone and everone who commented use their real name. Comments were actually civil, no idea why they changed back? Hopefully one their people reads this and can anwer this question?

KimoRosen said...

read another one of my blogs on the same topic;


http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2012/03/quit-hiding-behind-screen-names-obama.html