Maybe I can be one of those people who only shoot photos of white-painted poles on the beach. I’ll create a website with thousands and thousands of white-painted poles on the beach. The photos will be shot from beaches across the world. The Caribbean. The Mediterranean. The South Seas. These photos will become extremely popular. Everyone who loves the beach, but is land locked, will purchase one. They will cherish the photo and hang it in their home. Likely in their bathroom.
Maybe I can be one of those people who photograph incongruencies in nature. I’ll train myself to notice what does not belong. I’ll seek out oddities, outcasts and misfits. And then I’ll look for you. Watch out!
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who shoot photos of old rusty trucks? This one gets extra points for the rusty crap in the foreground, the dilapidated trailer and the barbed wire. If only the truck had flat tires and an emaciated dog. . . that would be perfection.
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who take pictures of old dilapidated signs on Route 66. Then I’ll start wearing black leather jackets and grease my hair back. And I’ll buy an old car from the 1950’s, fix it up, and drive the mother road. . . all the way to L.A. I’ll seek out the greasiest diners, the lonliest truck stops, and the cheapest motels.
On second thought, I’d rather stay home.
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who shoot single-track trails disappearing into the misty forest. I could also take photos of nylon tents in the woods with my feet sticking out. And pressed leaves. And steaming cups of coffee. Lots of coffee. Then maybe some outdoors company would see my photos and pay me a ton of money and give me free camping gear. And then I could go camping and not have to worry about taking a bunch of silly photographs.
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who shoot landscape images that look like abstract paintings. And then after staring at one of these photos for a few days, I can make a painting of it. And then a few days later, take a photo of that painting. And a few days later, paint that photo. Ad infinitum.
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who shoot pictures of driftwood? And maybe I can meet up with other strange people who shoot pictures of driftwood? We would meet once a month in a restaurant near the beach. And we would sit among old chairs and tables made out of driftwood. And we would bring our favorite photographs of driftwood, each one carefully cropped and matted. And we would order tuna sandwiches and herbal teas and maybe a slice of pie. And we would eat slowly and with great satisfaction.
But of course, we wouldn’t sit together.
Maybe I can be one of those people who shoot photos of lone ships on the horizon. And I can tell people these photos are metaphors for life. Man versus nature. Or nature versus man. And I can start a little blog called “Fake Mountain” that is littered with irrelevant and sarcastic photos that only occasionally capture the strange and subtle ways we still manage to connect with nature.. Nah… that would be lame.
Maybe I can be one of those photographers who shoot immense panoramic photos of ancient ruins? And then I will hang them in my yoga room and meditate while listening to flute music. And then I will also pretend that I belong to an ageless race of wise and peaceful aliens who shun both technology and violence. And I will join my alien brothers and sisters on frequent transcendental journeys across the galaxy in which I explore the universal consciousness, wearing only a loin cloth and flip-flops.
Maybe I could be one of those photographers who visit strange villages in strange countries and shoot photos of strange old doors? But what if these doors become the most important part of my trips? What if I grow mesmerized by weathered frames and rusty hardware? So mesmerized that I can’t even bother to open the doors and see what’s behind? Stopped before my trip even begins!