Life always has its ups and downs but I've never experienced the ups and downs of trying to earn a living from photography. I sell only the occasional print on demand. I'm reluctant to start my own website advertising prints for sale in case I get a few orders which might interfere with other activities.
I'm freed from economic pressures only because I have no desire for exotic cameras such as the Leica M8 or MFDBs such as the P45 or Aptus 75, or for that matter fast cars or yachts, and of course because I don't have growing kids to support.
I shall, however, be very interested in a 22mp upgrade to the 5D with ISO 6400 capability .
Ray - wise man! I did have the hunger for boats once - Iīd been on a shoot in the Bahamas along with my wife and two models and we had this long, choppy boat ride from Providence to Rose Island. The effect of a fast boat and the then current vogue for having burned all the worldīs bras was something wondrous to behold as, indeed, was the location itself.
Anyway, two weks later we found ourselves on another shoot in the Balearics and once more in contact with boats. This time, I followed up the notion that was forming in my mind and asked questions about the viability/costs of moorings etc. and it turned out that the costs were way below what I was paying for the priviledge of owning my own pad in the U.K. That, along with the fact that weīd met a painter couple on Rhodes who were living on a boat (he painted and she mounted exhibitions of his stuff in chic hotels) gave rise to several months of agony during which we toyed with the idea of selling up and buying a boat and doing the same.
Fortunately, common sense prevailed and rather than buy a sinking asset (Michael, your views?) we opted to move from the U.K. to Spain, but on dry land. That was 1981 and we are still here...
We had friends who owned boats and that was fun, but it didnīt take long to realise that owning anything that was able to support life was way, way out of our league. I guess that photography can open a world of appetites a little too rich for many photographers to support.
Ainīt life sweet?
Ciao - Rob C