Today on facebook I saw someone I went to high school with who is currently a "photographer." Now the reason photographer is in quotes is because she has no training whatsoever. Seeing this made me wonder, why are we doing this? Aside from the fact that learning about photographic processes is incredibly interesting, fun, and expressive, is it possible that we are all going to school knowing that for commercial photography it may not be entirely necessary? We are certainly not getting degrees so we can call ourselves photographers because you could do that right now and no one would give a shit (except for me apparently). Seeing someone out in the real world functioning as a photographer without a degree and being paid for doing so really made me feel like shit. So I have decided, we need a new term for ourselves. The title "Photographer" has been so diluted that now all it means is that someone owned a camera at some point in their lives. So? What should we call ourselves so that people know we aren't just fucking around. We have degrees (or will very soon), the world needs to know that we take our shit seriously!