There is a huge amount of smoke and mirrors in photography, and how much people earn and the relationship between earnings and success, and the necessity to be perceived as successful and the image of financial security as an element of self-marketing are all central to very many photographers’ lives.

I assume that every photographer scrapes a living at best – that waitressing (and for North American readers, Anastasia [Taylor Lind] was talking UK, small tips waitressing here) or shelf-stacking or anything that pays minimum wage is going to be a better bet than photography.

I assume that most people involved in photography, even quite well names, have trouble buying cameras, computers or film – and I assume the less well-known find it difficult to buy film, printer ink and paper. I certainly do.