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You have devised a somewhat flawed definition, since guys like Andy MacFarland (just the first name that popped into my head) and a bunch of others who frequent here would apparently seem to fall under it.
Who says that a photographer has to necessarily be dedicated to improving himself or the art? If he's reached a level he's comfortable with, and achieving the results he wants, what's the problem? Not everybody wants to be catagorized with Ansel Adams, probably not even Ansel himself if he knew what it now represents.
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With due respect, I've gotta argue this one. While someone like Andy MacFarland has a clear niche and no apparent ambition to expand it, that doesn't equate to a lack of dedication to improvement.
Let's cloud this issue with more definitions... To me, Bruce's definition is pretty good in that respect. Consider what a GWC is not... A photographer
is someone who understands the craft well enough to know they will never fully understand it. A photographer seeks a better image everytime they shoot, that even goes for mercenaries like me.
A snapshot is only a snapshot, a recorded moment. A photograph is a thoughtful conception, a visual representation, conceived and designed to attract a viewer's attention and perhaps communicate with them.
I have a specific person in mind when I think GWC. A guy who, on a paddling trip in Costa Rica, went around on off days coaxing local girls into posing nude for him by claiming he was with Playboy. He was very successful from what I saw but all he had were snapshots... probably over a thousand (pre-digital) Kodacolor 400 negs of naked chicks with hard shadows from on camera flash or extreme outdoor contrast... crap. All he ever did was show'em to his buddies and brag about how clever he was... GWC in my book. He didn't even realize he could've taken some simple steps to improve the images, didn't care either. The pictures were like trophies.
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I remain a dilettante.
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A dilletante yes... Ernest Shackelton was a dilletante... Steve Fossett... dilletante.
Dilletantes have an uncanny knack for setting records and doing extraordinary things.
Take care Al.