I've just had a set of cards printed. My name, 'photographer', and email address. It's not my living.
The cards are for when I'm out shooting. I meet folks, and sometimes I ask to take their photos. Sometimes they ask me. And rather than scratch around for paper and a pen, or fumble with fat thumbs and a small phone, now I've a pretty card.
I reckon Rick A has the right idea. Call yourself what you will.
I prefer to think of myself as a printer who uses photography.
Thats an interesting distinction.
I used to take photos of anything I found interesting at the moment.
As my experience has grown though I tend to ask myself; what the purpose of this shot is, will I print it, is it for practice, is it a composition I like, can I shoot it well with what I have in my bag, is this documentation or art?
Typically now, unless there's a good chance of me making a print, or learning something, or remembering something special; the shutter doesn't drop.
This is also behind my move away from 35mm to larger formats; the look I want in the print is driving more of my decisions.
Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR
"We do not see things the way they are. We see things the way we are." Anaïs Nin
I'm not a photographer, although I take photographs. I'm not a machinist, although I can make things on lathes and such. I'm not a mechanic, although I understand and can repair mechanisms. I'm not a....well you get the point. I'm not what I do as work, although society seems to assess us that way.