Friday, May 18, 2007

The latent image

Well I've been meaning to start my blog for years now and it looks like I've finally managed to drag my lazy self off the couch and do it. Actually.... I'm blogging from the couch, agh...

I'm not sure how this will be organized or what I'm going to post. I've wanted to write about various photography related things, gear reviews, travelogues, etc.. for a while. Consider this blog to be the random ramblings of a vagabond with a camera.

I guess I should also explain what "The Feral Photographer" means. I've been using this moniker for various profiles around the web like on Lightstalkers and people are always asking me what it means. To be honest, I never knew what the word "feral" meant until there was that Hogzilla craze a few years ago. I looked it up and found out the word is usually used to describe once domesticated animals that have escaped into the wild. I thought it perfectly described how I felt when I left my "normal" jobs to travel and do photography. I think it's best described by paraphrasing Renton:

"Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday night. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got photography?"

1 comment:

Naren Gunasekera said...

I love the quote...really resonates as I get more and more obsessed with photography!