Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Eating Our Own

     In the nursing world we have a phrase.  "Nurses eat their young."  I heard this over and over again while in nursing school.  My instructors used it to prepare us for the harsh reality of being a new nurse. It's a strange and somewhat unexplainable phenomenon.  A new nurse heads out into the world of medicine excited and ready to make a difference and is immediately met by more experienced nurses who are determined to show the new nurse just how little he or she knows.  But all nurses start somewhere.  No nurse ever walked out of nursing school knowing everything.  Nursing school is a spring board of sorts.  It teaches the basics.  The rest is learned on the job.  It takes years for a nurse to develop a wide knowledge base.  Some nurses forget this.  They see a new nurse and for whatever reason they attack.  Maybe they feel threatened.  Maybe they are overwhelmed by their job and don't feel they have the time to teach and share.
I'm lucky.  My nursing experience has been full of nurses who were willing to teach and share without ever making me feel less than. 

    I wish someone had told me that photographers eat their young. I wish my photography instructors had prepared me for the harsh reality of the photography world.  The thrill of learning a new technique or mastering new gear can quickly get swallowed up by the harsh critiques of other photographers.  Like nurses, photographers are not born.  No photographer, despite what they claim, picked up a camera and knew everything about how to take the perfect photograph instantly.  The honest photographers will admit that they are still chasing the perfect photograph and still learning.  Just like nursing, it takes years of practice and learning to develop a solid set of photography skills. We all start somewhere.

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