I have stats on my podcast and YouTube channel and they all say the same thing–my shows’ audience for cameras and photography are men. 90% of all my viewers and listeners are guys. That’s the fact.
I run Beers+Cameras:Boulder here in Boulder the first Wednesday of each month. It’s 90% guys who come to the event to talk shop and present work.
I started The Photo Game in November. We have ten photographers in it at the moment. We had one woman at the start, but she dropped out. While she was there, we had 90% men. Now we are at 100%. She said when she left, “Get some more women photographers.”
I think I know why the stats are like they are. As I see it (and of course there are exceptions), guys want to talk about photography, cameras, lenses, the tech, film stocks, tripods and all the rest. And sometimes go out and make photographs.
The women want to make photographs. Then make more photographs. They don’t care as much about the gear. They may not even know exactly all the things their camera does, or all the specs on the latest cameras out there, but they know what they need to know about their camera to make good photographs.
Not to say one is better than the other. Just different. Venus and Mars. Women and men.
I suppose it’s the way guys are hardwired to want to learn about and understand the tech. And the way women have a connection to their equipment for the creative–for what it can make.
I welcome all to my events and videos and podcasts. But that doesn’t matter if the subject doesn’t interest virtually half of the population. And apparently, it does not.
So, I’ll leave this right here. It’s a photograph, a simple portrait, a good memory of a morning long ago.
It’s not the product of fancy gear–the specs don’t matter–it was made with just a simple film camera and fixed lens. A portrait of my partner MaryLee when we were out at breakfast on Melrose Blvd. in Hollywood.