But is this about respect? I mean, that would be an interesting essay for sure: if you do not have the knowledge required to acknowledge
the expertise required for a certain outcome (of any kind), is it then still possible to respect that outcome?
Even so, I still think, as the essay mentioned, that this is somewhat barking up the wrong tree. LL visitors generally already know this adagium, and the described reactions are, in my opinion, less than helpful for other prospective photographers.
A more appropriate response might be something along the lines of this:
dude: "Boy, those are some great images, you must have one mighty expensive camera?"
you: "Of course, you can't win a formula 1 race if you don't have a formula 1 car, can you?"
you: "But then again, if you put johnny nobody in a ferrari or you put Michael Schumacher in one, who will bring back the first price by the end of the day...?"
And if you feel a bit more to the point:
you: "But then again, if I put you in a ferrari or I put Michael Schumacher in one, who will bring back the first price by the end of the day...?"
Of course, depending on the intellectual capacity of dude, you might try different metaphors, Nascar, football, baseball, and best of all, if buyer likes your metaphor it will be much easier to charge the extra (compensation for the insult).: "You can be proud of your purchase sir, you now own a real Michael Schumacher!".
btw. Alain, it seems your essays are becoming somewhat of a therapeutic diary. What's with the continuous negative approach? I kind of miss the enthusiasm for the line of work your in....
It is hard to say because I only do shows in the US. I sell to the rest of the world over the internet and you don't get these comments over email or phone because people are pre-qualified by the time they contact you. Shows are different since anyone can walk up to me and ask any question they wish.
But, I did sell to a worldwide audience at Grand Canyon and had the same questions from European visitors. Japan is a little different because people exhibit a much more reserved public appearance and show a lot of respect. I have not received this type of comment from a Japanese person but I had several Japanese men show me their expensive cameras and tell me they couldn't do what I do with them.