“Photography is not real… It’s not what you see… It’s what I WANT you to see….”
Pretty profound words from a stoner. A photographer. But a stoner… I forget who said it and when but
the words stay with me.
This little bastard is named Gex (I named him after a video game character I loved when I was a kid).
I got down on my hands and knees under the gaze of the Nigerian sun to track a lizard around a compound
just to get this shot.
Gex reminds me something about photography in this Instagram day and age.
The difference, in my opinion, between a “photographer” and an “instagramer” is that photographers take time
to do immensely stupid things to get great shots.
Anyone can add filters to a photograph. But very few people can actually act like a dog for 20 minutes to chase a Lizard around a compound while people watch.
The point of this is, to stop people from getting too excited about photo-filters.
If the original shot looks like shit then the post-edit shot will look like colorful shit.