Hi there! Come have a seat and let’s talk. I’ve been witnessing a lot over the past couple years regarding "call outs", especially in the photography business, which I am still getting to know. I know, I know, everyone has their quirks and what works for them. I more want to talk about the reactions when people bring things to the attention of those who have done something that, well... just doesn’t come off in the best of ways. This specific occurrence was an eye opener, mostly because I am about to do a rebrand myself...
Recently Catalyst Wedding Co. published an article in response to a white photographer who had some “interesting” choice of words on her new about me page. Things like “turning hoes into house wives” (which is referred back to Snoop Dog), stacks of dollah dollah bills and more to suggest a fantasy gangster lifestyle.
I have no problem with Escalades or if even if you listen to rap music. However, using another culture as a way to make fun of yourself or as a way to bring more black clients is bothersome, offensive, and would not be seen as otherwise acceptable if someone such as myself did that. Her friend admitted "But I do believe she was in a very stupid way trying to attract * black clients."
(Names and photo ommited for privacy)
Side note:#1: thinking that by using perpetuated stereotypes to attract specific clients should be a red flag of a thing not to do. From the support, it seems to attract those who think that this is something comedic rather than a large black clientele. At first a public apology was put up and she changed around the wording on her about page. Great! First step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one. After a few people tried to put down the author of the Catalyst think-piece by saying she's jealous & other things (let’s be real here, who would be jealous of being in that position), tone deafness followed in her comments on her Instagram account, the comment section of the mild article, and in the alleged communication with Catalyst Wedding Co. The article has since been pulled, which honestly is unfortunate because it was a voice for a lot of people who felt they don’t have one and aren’t heard. Which brings me to why I’m writing this.
For a long time I fought trying to find my voice and in some instances like this one, I relied on another (an ally if you will) to take up the torch and guide someone to understanding. Sometimes, it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. The reaction illustrated above isn’t new. There are plenty of times where artists going about things a certain way and then when it’s brought to their attention, they either have a short lived apology or shut down all together. That makes them seem very insensitive, insincere and pretty much just cold. For example, Cole Photography who was approached about an image she posted the use of a war bonnet, the American flag and the displayed “peace” between Native Americans and the United States on the 4th of July.