I am, first and foremost, these days anyway, a photographic artist. Not just a photographer, but someone who creates Art through the medium of photography. Digital, mobile photography at that. A Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, to be even more specific. And before that, a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3.
I am also a Licensed Artist, and I got there through years of hard work and perseverance. No one pulled strings for me. I do not have celebrity parents, rich patrons, famous connections or influential friends in high places. No one “Put in a good word” for me. In a vast pool of artists, photographers, musicians and writers (of which I am also all of the above), I am but a tiny fish swimming with far bigger fish.
I am also a strong advocate of doing the right thing. Those of you who know me well will agree that I will stand up for what’s right and just, even if it means standing alone.
I can do standing alone. I’m not afraid. And I’m not done standing alone yet. Nope, there are still plenty of causes to champion, still many battles to fight, many wrongs to put right, many people to persuade to see the right path. I will not be silent, just so you can continue your bullying and wrongdoings.
So, not for me the turning of a blind eye. Not for me the “It’s always been done this way”. Not for me the “Our way or the highway”. Because each and every time I experience, see or hear of such injustices, warped logic or sheer obstinance and bullishness, I will step up to the plate and bat. And I will bat that ball out of the stadium.
I am not Don Quixote, tilting at windmills and fighting imaginary opponents. My enemies are very real, they carry a lot of clout, they are popular in social media circles, when they say “Jump!” people say “How high?”. But that doesn’t matter. Wrong is still wrong. You can’t just make up the rules as you go along.
(Images sourced from: Pinterest. All copyright belong to and remain with the original copyright holder).
And this is just a hint of what’s to come.