Fantastic story, I laughed all the way thru it! (I´m not 19 anymore either, you see )
Be well and wish you a good 2012
My thoughts are with you Chris. I know it's been a tough year for you and the family, and how you have approached it so logically is very admirable and healthy indeed. Interesting that you are taking up the other kind of shooting. I can relate to that parallel very well. When I lived in the UK, I used to have access to 300 acres of land to shoot on....I had an airgun and shotgun, and ate what I took. Shooting had been in my blood, my father shot pistol competitively for the metropolitan police when I was very young, and was permanently armed as one of the Royalty Protection Officers (Prince Charles body guard for a while). So I had the unusual for the UK anyway, upbringing where shooting and guns were normal. It was in my mid twenties that I found photography. That said, shooting guns and cameras seemed to go in cycles for me. Now that I live in MN, I continue to have this cycle of shooting both cameras and guns. At one point, I shot competitively too in the NRA Highpower Match competitions in the area....It got me into reloading ammunition, and yet another hobby started. So the parallels between the two are absolutely there. At the peak of my shooting career, I made it to Expert level, but never got to get up to distinguished as it took so much time discipline and work to get there. Then roles reversed and I went back to my photography cycle around 2007 and no longer shot competitively after that, only recreationally, and to practice for deer hunting and to go shoot with my son/ firearm safety and all that.
Photography is what keeps me occupied most of the time anymore. My guess is that you will be back in a little while. We all have to take a hiatus and do something different sometimes, but if the passion is there, I reckon there is room for both. That said, guns and cameras are addictive investments!! It can become so easy to get GAS when looking at all the choices. I hope your journey continues to be a good one, and that you and your kids have a great Christmas and New Year. Peace.
Happy holidays Chris.
This time of year can get tough with regards to remembering but you seem like your headed in a good direction.
Keep your head up buddy.
I find that people find out that I still use old film cameras, and then give thier old ones to me. I recently went to a photo swap with gear I had mostly been gifted or found at deep discount and restored, and sold about $400 worth. That allows a lot of cash for other things, so the ocassional 'retail used' purchase can be made.
I do love to hear of thrift finds, but don't come up with the deals as much as when my kids were younger, wife was at home with them, and almost everything 'semi-durable' we needed came from a thrift.
Now my new bad old camera habit is being sourced by going to liquidation/misdirected frieght/estate auctions.
Pentax Spotmatic with functioning meter cell in worn eveready case with clean 50 f/1.4 super takumar $20. New light seals for $10 (thanks Jon Goodman, down in Texas). Shot five rolls in it, and then sold it at the camera swap for $65.
I know you are in DC , is that where you saw it?
Is this exhibit traveling up the coast to NY or Mass.? How many pieces were there? Does this show have a Logo/Title?
Well, for anyone that cares, I'm off the fence for the time being. Money shortages are pushing for RC. I still have some fiber paper laying around, and I'll probably continue to mess with it. In the short term I'm planning on buying a bit of RC paper, hopefully I'll sell something and be able to afford a nice 50 sheet box of Kentmere Fineprint VC. I'm in a bit of a mad dash for cash to keep the film thing rolling and RC looks like it'll get me there the fastest.
Very nice essay, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Deep in our memories I think we all have a lovely "Rita"
Oooohh, that Rita!