Day 16 (ok, 17 part 1, since I forgot to post yesterday) of 100, Singapore
I mentioned in one of the earlier posts that during my younger days, photography was the domain of the rich: people who had money to spend on the unnecessary (yes, I am aware of the problems with these definitions).
I didn’t take it up until 2006, when I was all real-jobbed up, and feeling brave enough to spend a previously unthinkable amount of the hard earned on a DSLR and kit lens (If you want to know: a D70S + 18-55 kit). I’ve never looked back.
You know what photography’s greatest draw was, and is for me, even after all this time?
It’s this: the sweetness of forbidden fruit.
Once I’d bought that DSLR, people that I barely knew wanted to tell me stuff: “Who do you think you are? Some kind of professional photographer?”
“Shouldn’t have bought that one. Girls use Canon.”
“Are you sure you know what you’re doing?”
“Isn’t that a little bit much?”
And so on.
I was surprised. All I’d done was buy a nice camera. It didn’t seem anymore contentious than buying a book or a fridge.
But people got upset.
It was delicious.
It is still delicious.
I never developed your (much healthier) attitude. I alway just got pissed off. Now, living in the land where the size of your lens apparently has a direct correlation to the size of your penis, I sided-step the whole thing by going Fuji. Cowardly, I guess. But I like I rarely get comments, and am never seen as a “threat”. Just carrying an old toy, after all :)
Oh i get pissed off. But then so do they, so, ha! I like the little Fujis for the same reason you do, and those are the important ones. Go the old toys!
“It’s this: the sweetness of forbidden fruit.”
Excellent! That’s a very good motivation. Another kind of forbidden fruit – scary for me, and sometimes delicious – is pointing my camera at other people. I know I shouldn’t be doing it. And yet I do.
I think all photographers suffer from that one… and then try to convince ourselves that we totally SHOULD be doing that ;)
… and when really good photographers do it, the result is fantastic. I’m not there yet. Right now I’m in Georgia (the country, not the US state), and I don’t know enough Georgian to be able to say, “Hi, excuse me, can I take your pucture?” You and Flemming should go here. I’d like to see the pictures you would take here!
You’ll have to show us your pictures when your trip is done :)
Will do! Coming soon, I hope.