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PHOTOGRAPHERS AND FISHERMAN HAVE MUCH IN COMMON

 

It seems nearly every time I go out shooting, I find myself in a stunning location at the magic hour to enjoy the clouds passing by and the sounds of the ocean, and if I'm lucky, the chance to get a sweet shot in my camera.  Generally speaking, there aren't many people around these areas I go to shoot, places you may have to hike to or otherwise rock-hop, but inevitably there's one or two people - fisherman.  If you live by a body of water larger than a swimming pool and often find yourself along it's edges to shoot, then you have probably noticed, photographers and fisherman have much in common!  They've got all the gear that they carry-in, manage and tend to; all the techniques that they apply in hopes that they put themselves in an optimal setting to catch something; wait endlessly and into the night, in the elements, driven not only by the chance of a bite, but also for the love of simply being there, in the setting.  Indeed, there's a certain kinship between photographers and fisherman, even in their attitudes.  Here are a few quotes from fisherman:

"I've gone fishing thousands of times in my life, and I have never

once felt unlucky or poorly paid for those hours on the water."

                                                         -William Tapply

"I frankly don't make much of a living, but I make a hell of a life."

                                                          -Jack Gartside

"Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers.  Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher's salary."

                                                           -Patrick McManus

Sounds a lot like a photographers life too, don't ya think?  It sure resonates with me!