because there is no such thing as a photographer
Would you describe Robert Burns as a quill-pennist? Or Kingsley Amis as a typist? Photography is a tool used by people to express their ideas. Lena Riefenstahl. Robert Frank. Aleksander Rodchenko. Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen. Richard Billingham. Go on – look them up. Do you think they sat in the pub and droned on endlessly about ISO ratings and lens sharpness?
So what do you call them?
Leni was a publicist with a camera.
Robert Frank was an explorer with a camera.
Sirkka-Liisa is a documenter with a camera
If anything characterises them all, they are storytellers with cameras.
So where do I fit?
I am a child explorer comedian engineer curator architect parent city-dweller ... with a camera