by Mike McNamee Published 01/06/2008
I was somewhat amused by a feature on Radio 4 recently. The topic was about students earning some money by exploiting their recently acquired skills. A lady came on to relate a tale. The gist of it was that she had been tasked to get some photography done and had received a quotation from a professional photographer. This was above the budget that had been allocated and so she approached a local education establishment and engaged the services of a photography student, who apparently completed the job to her satisfaction, at a much reduced cost. Ignoring the legalistic matters such as un-declared taxable income, probable lack of insurance and public liability indemnity, it struck me as typical of the way our profession is regarded and treated. The budget was probably set by a beancounter who pays their garage mechanic £70 an hour to change their oil but regards a fair return for a skilled photography job as being something easily circumvented. Personally I have taken to hanging about outside the student's union of the Liverpool School of Dentistry, in the hope of getting some low-budget root canal work done.
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