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G.A.S.: Gear Aquisition Syndrome. It’s something photographers and musicians have in common. “This is good. But I bet the other one is just as good but in a different way.” Next thing you know, the shelves and closets are packed with things you never use and never see.
I strive mightily to not fall for it. I’m a nomad for one thing. I feel stability is required to have a collection of anything. I live my live out of a suitcase and a couple of bags. While I can’t help but buy things for my comfort, the end-of-contract sell-off/ giveaway is a huge pain in the ass. I always get down to a suitcase, two bags, and a box. Things you can stick in the back of a car. I prefer that.
Also, I have this weird mental thing where I begin to be repulsed by things I’m not using. It reminds me of the greed and wasted money that led to me having the unused item to begin with. A weakness of my decision making process. I have to get them out of my life. Good for you if you desire something I own. Just wait a while and eventually I’ll give it to you. I feel the same way about my art. But it’s usually easier to tear up and trash drawings than it is to mail it off to someone.
So I gave this camera to a friend.
This was taken during my time in Taiwan. I often wish that I had done more while I was there. I was demanding a job with a salary much higher than what was on offer. I admit, I was arrogant to assume that the ESL industry would take experience into account when it comes to salary. Five years, twenty years, one year, fresh off the boat. You’re all the same to the boss: A resource to be used to gain the maximum profit. Capitalism at it’s purest. If he could buy a slave or a monkey that could do it, he would.
Same the world over, I guess.