It has finally dawned on me that the whole idea of trying to photograph wildlife is preposterous.
How could I possibly add anything to the already well populated world of wildlife photography. If you don’t believe me, type the name of any wild creature into your favourite web search engine and watch for absolutely amazing photos to populate your screen. What was I thinking?
So goodbye photography and hello internet image borrowing (stealing is such a harsh word and really has no place in modern society). I have to say my new approach is a gift that just keeps on giving.
There used to be hours of boredom followed by a brief adrenaline rush while spotting an animal in near darkness. Now I get an energy rush every time Google loads another page of wildlife keepers. It’s a constant high without mosquitoes.
I must confess, it’s really hard to top the satisfaction of stealing someone’s else’s photo. First there’s the quick hunt, then there’s the fast find and finally there’s that special thrill when I crop out the photographer’s logo to make that winning photo all mine. I really am developing a unique skill set that will help me in most other areas of my life.
My photography borrowing hobby has changed my world. No more cataloguing and processing hundreds of images and the photos are so much better. I’m now able to find all those unique looks and special settings. Gone are all the bad jokes about never finding polar bears – they are all just a click away.
I’m so excited about all those wonderful borrowed photos I now call mine. I think they are worthy of putting in slideshows set to borrowed music. Maybe I can even sell them as my very own creations! Life is good.
Krahnpix note: There are risks involved with writing an entire post sarcastically, particularly for readers whose first language is not English. I decided to do it anyway. My inspiration for this post was photographers who are quick to claim copyright on their photography while ignoring the same rights for musicians. It just seemed to lend itself to sarcasm.