It's Sunday morning and we've been away since Thursday when we headed to Dragon Con in Atlanta. Yesterday we traded in the fun of the convention for the pure solitude of a cabin by the river near Helen, Georgia. We've hit two environmental polar opposites on this trip, but the common denominator is simply having fun.
But, that's not really what I wanted to hit this morning...I want to talk about the experience of Dragon Con. It's essentially a sci-fi convention with every character from TV, video games, literature and comic books being represented. You name it, we saw somebody in full costume representing their favorite. From Star Fleet to Strawberry Shortcake to the Walking Dead and everything in between, they were represented.
In the same way I've seen photographers spend hours, days, weeks and months trying to capture the ultimate image for print competition, I saw people who invested the entire year since the last convention to create the ultimate costume. Their pride and passion for whoever the character was they represented was no different than any of our conventions in photography. They all have full time jobs, but Dragon Con becomes a moment for 60,000 people to suddenly bond over a specific passion to have fun.
It's also a photographer's paradise. I shot 400 images and a dozen short videos, all with the LUMIX GH3 and again, for me, it was the fun of it. Even more fun is that every costumed attendee is flattered to have somebody want to photograph them. It's bizarre walking up to a seven foot tall character of evil from a video game I've never heard of and simply have them strike the pose and thank me for capturing and sharing their moment of glory.
So, it's nothing earth-shaking today, just the reality that no matter what your passion is, be it photography, sci-fi, sports or a thousand other interests including family and friends life is about fun. Remember when we were all younger there was a line of, "If it feels good, do it!" Well, maybe it's time to expand that - "If it's fun, do it...and if it makes you smile then it definitely need to be in your repertoire.
Wishing everybody a wonderful holiday weekend and as always, hug somebody important to you...stay away from anything that doesn't make you smile and as simplistic as it sounds, have fun!
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