The secret life of a Captain


A few nights ago, I had a dream and a subsequent thought, or a personal “I wonder moment”. As many people around the world have already heard, Canon recently presented their brand new top-of-the-line Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. Before any new launch, professional top-name photographers gets a pre-launch model to show what they (the camera AND the photographer) is able to do with it. These images are then presented at launch events, on the Internet and in other publicity moments.†

Before I go any further, please do let me stress that I’m absolutely no professional photographer of any measurable kind, not even close. But (there is almost always a “but”), I have been using some 15-20 different Canon SLR-models over the past 26 or 27 years now, and I do love taking pictures. My personal archive is a testament to this: I recently backed it all up, and counted some 450.000 images of varying kind.†

Now, back to my thought, dream, vision, or whatever you want to call it. What would happen to my images, if Canon made a new path for themselves, and chose to send me, a non-professional, but keen amateur photographer on a photo-journey around the world with their latest top-end model? Would I be able to learn to be great, would I have any chance at taking spectacular shots they would be able to use: OR, is this something only those with a well-known name are able to do?†

I guess there is no good answer to this, or is there? No matter what, we will never be able to find that out, because a giant company like Canon (or any other brand) would never think of hiring someone less famous to something like this.†

It’s like most TV-channels (at least here in Norway), the people making the different series, reality shows and documentaries, are all the same people. I tend to call them “recycled personalities”.†

This leads me to the next part of almost the same subject: one of the greatest films I saw last year was “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. I truly loved that film so very much because I identified myself, and my life to the life of Walter Mitty, and the very average and perhaps all too normal life that he lived until the day he started chasing that photographer. I’m so Walter Mitty. My life is so Walter Mitty.


I probably shouldn’t say this because a Captain I once sailed with told me that we should never wish our lives away, but then again, I’m so truly tired of my own life right now: and I’m so ready to travel the world again, be working with something a whole lot more creative and to experience the world and life. I also want to be a part of the sounds and smells of India, the sunrises over the Caribbean sea, a hike across Scottish plains and the long business class flights between continents. I have been on more world-cruises than I have fingers, but it feels like a whole different lifetime (not even my own life). Our world is the biggest sandbox that I once again want to relive.†

Please let me know what YOU think by commenting below.†






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