Photography for Girls. Cameras for Boys.

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.

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  1. Now that I’m a woman, maybe a few thoughts about me and how I look at things. I am not representative, because I am very interested in technology and from childhood, always wanted to know how things look and work from the inside. Nevertheless, there are crucial differences. As I said, I am interested in technology, wait, I am enthusiastic about it. In photography forums, it is indeed almost all about technology – but in a kind of competition: Who has the greatest Leica, Rolleiflex under 2.8 we do not even look from behind. Only the best, most expensive, noblest – it gets even worse with lenses. It is evaluated. What is supposed to come out of it plays less of a role. And if it does, then the conversations revolve around grain size, sharpness, contrasts, shadow drawings. It’s boring, if you’ll pardon the expression. I learned that it can be done differently on Flickr and was able to get some good advice. A good friend kindly lent me his Leica M3, so I knew if I wanted to spend that much money. I had been lurking around it for some time. The conclusion was: I don’t want a Leica.

    As a woman, you tend to be alone, especially in film photography. I’m always happy when I discover female photographers who take pictures away from Insta formats. But they do exist.It’s just that maybe it’s really more about the images, about what they want to tell. Not about the technical quality. And maybe that’s also something that can’t be in competition? It is subjective.

    About your Photo Game: I like the idea very much. For me personally it makes too much pressure and with pressure the fun goes away. I also like very much, as you say, that one should simply shoot the ends of the film rolls, without a plan. And yes, for me too, that’s where the best motifs usually come out. But it’s still a competition. Maybe competition is not feminine?

    These are my spontaneous thoughts for now. Nevertheless, I enjoy your blog and vlog very much. They are inspiring and different from others. Thank you so much for your work and that you let us allow to learn from you.

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    1. Thank you, Juna, for your thoughtful reply. It adds greatly to the conversation. Glad you enjoy my work. Thanks for being here.

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