It's a bit of a sad day today with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography announcing that it will be shutting its doors for good. After 75 years representing professional photographers in Australia, the AIPP places the blame for its closure on the ongoing effects of COVID19.
I have been an accredited member since 2011. While we can only reminiscence about what could have been, I can't but help draw a parallel between this and wider trends which have seen the commoditization of many trades and skills. The AIPP itself is also hardly without blame, as it could have done a lot more to keep up with wider trends and the needs of its members.
I won't be giving up any time soon, but I can't but help feel that I have lost a little bit of what distinguishes a professional from the masses.