Well I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want... (for those of you wondering, those are the lyrics to Wannabe, by none other than the Spice Girls, that's right, I'm quoting spice girls lyrics!). =)
I want to understand why a random person ("Kimi" is what she posted as, but who knows), that I don't know would write a very angry, mean comment about a)me being an idiot (?), b) me being unkind to an animal and c) my photography skills. Here's what she wrote. It was about a picture I posted for photo friday a long time ago. It looks like she googled 'cat' on google image, the romanian (.ro?) version. If you want to read what I wrote about the cat, you can see the post here.
And here's her comment:
your an idiot
instead of finding the cat FASCINATING you could have put it in your car and to tak>e it to a vet. your guilt was the one that was drowing your atention to the picture. the fact is that you are just a small superficial bitch that wants to LOOK like she is somekind of good photographer. face it honney you're just a wannabe...
Hence the 'wannabe' title of this post. It's actually pretty rare for me to get crazy comments like this (all spam aside), and my first reaction was laughter. My second was, 'what the heck?' And the third was, 'nice grammar.' And the fourth was, 'what the heck?'
Here's this person, apparently from Romania, writing really unkind, hateful things to me, a person she doesnt' know, about a situation she knows nothing about. First of all, let me state, I am an animal lover; I grew up with cats my entire life (as well as dogs, sometimes hamsters, mice, birds and any other animal we could talk mom and dad into allowing us). I don't feel like I need to explain myself, but I will. I answered this girl in email, but here's the gist of what I sent her (besides asking her what would bring her to comment randomly something so full of vitriol and anger on somebody's site that she doesn't know...but I digress.
When I shot that cat, I was shooting a wedding. I couldn't 'hop in my car and bring the cat to a vet,' however, I did ask the owner of the property about the cat, and she assured me the cat was being taken care of. Now I'm not sure what brought about the 'idiot' comment, but idiot is defined in this way:
A foolish or stupid person.
A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally being unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
I think I can safely assure you, given my grades in school, success in life and friendships (and I think those in my life would agree), I may be a lot of things, but an idiot is not one of them. I may have done foolish things in my past, but it's not a defining characteristic, and I certainly don't think not jumping into a car with a beat up cat when I was on a job would necessarily lead one to the conviction that I'm an idiot. I think if I had done what she suggested, the bride and groom who were paying me might find me to be an idiot, however.
And now the final point. I can't say that my photography style is necessarily everyone's cup of tea. And while I've been a photographer (professionally) for only four years, I don't think I would categorize myself as a wannabe, given my career has been booming lately (so much so that I don't have much time to blog anymore). I'm not sure how she would surmise that I want to 'look' like a good photographer. I'm not entirely sure what that would look like. I can't say I'm necessarily happy with my post-surgical weight gain, but I can safely say I'm fairly content with how I look. And if she was indeed trying to be metaphorical, I can also safely say that I'm secure with my professional reputation, and I think my clients would back me up and say that they are completely happy with the work I've done for them, and (not to toot my own horn), that I am a good photographer, and don't need to merely try to 'look' like one. I don't think I'm good enough to fool that many people were I not at least proficient in my trade. Do I still have things to learn? Most defenitely, I hope I'll ALWAYS have things to learn, otherwise I'd be bored.
Also, how can looking at one (or maybe some) photos and posts on my blog lead her to believe I'm a 'small, superficial bitch.' This is the one I really don't get. Maybe she can explain it to me, but I'm a little confused by that part.
Anyhow, all that weidness aside, we had a great time at Disneyland. Bella was a super-star and went on her first big girl ride, "Splash Mountain." She was a total trooper, given that it was 11pm, cold outside and aside from shooting down a total vertical at extreme speeds, we got completely soaked. I included a picture of her, so you can see the proof. And Kimi, I'm sorry if this doesn't live up to your photographic expectations, but my husband took it. ;)