I thought I had posted here already but, looking back over the past 5 pages, I guess not.
Like many of you, I have read about large publishing companies closing out their photographer staff and just letting the reporters get the images with the point and shoot, or cell phones.
Then I see the flood of poor quality images being published with photos from amateurs readily excepted, not to mention the micro-stock market.
I think back in the 1930's - 1980's people were more discriminating and expected good photography to accompany good journalism.
Today we have neither.
Colorful two dimensional gaming in the palm of your hand has now overwhelmed the visual senses while instant 24-hour news media flash a few seconds of an image onto the screen, just enough to illustrate the point, and then it is gone.
Photography is well past its infancy, wonder and glory days. It is now at the point where it only serves to reinforce a particular point for a few brief seconds - and then it is gone.
Until the purists, such as you and I, step in. We understand what goes into making a good photograph and what separates a good one from a great one. There are others out there that understand this, too. Those are the people that still buy Adams, Weston and other professional images. They understand the ART of photography.
Thus, like any retro product, photography - good photography - will come full circle and those that shoot from a "purist" tripod will be appreciated as a "photographer" over the multitude of digital graphic artists.