Stumbled upon a link to a fundraising site for individuals from a post shared by a respected photographer, Jasmine Star. This gent is battling ALS. If you’re not familiar with what ALS is, its a motor neuron disease that degenerates abilities we all take for granted.
While I can empathize – as I too am battling a serious condition and sold much of my photography gear – I feel as though crowd-funding to pay your medical bills and relaunch your photographic career is questionable practice, ethically speaking.
I’m curious how Amy (designandcapture) feels about this – being yet another individual that had to hang up the camera strap for a while to battle a serious condition. And that’s what it is. It’s a battle. God, Karma, The Universe… whatever you believe… throws us a ton of shitty perspectives & lighting situations and it’s our job to capture that image that’s going to shine. Life’s not all softboxes & Hasselblad’s (or puppies & rainbows, if you need a non-photographic translation).
I can’t say that I’m against it completely, but it definitely has me questioning the ethics of doing something like this. My gut tells me it might not be right… and trust me on this one… my gut is my compass! (If you’ve been following along, you know the reference.) In my opinion, the strong fight and try their damnedest. Hanging up our dreams for a moment comes with the territory. Maybe it’s just me, but it’s the picking yourself up, dusting yourself off, and getting back on your feet to work toward those dreams that determine your character.
Are you going to rely on donations or your own blood, sweat, and tears?
While there is a canyon-sized difference, in my opinion, between the perceived pain of a ‘bad knee’ and the real pain of those living with a chronic illness, I agree with many of the emotions and philosophies @robjheaton describes in this article.