When I was around 12 or 13 years old, just about to make my way into high school, I was sent for one of those career guidance tests that are supposed to help young people choose potential careers. What the tests showed was that I could do just about any job where I was left alone to get on with it. At the time, I was completely unimpressed with this, as I had no idea what I wanted to do and the hours of testing basically gave me no answer.

Fast forward 26 years and after settling into a career in IT, although I have made a reasonable success of it, I still wonder what other careers I could have ended up in, given my aptitude for “being left alone to get on with it”.

I have always envied the mad scientists, being left alone in a lab with all sorts of interesting paraphernalia, experimenting with bubbling liquids, bringing creations to life with lightning and chasing off the odd mob with torches and pitchforks. But one does wonder how one would actually become such a mad scientist. It’s not like there is a post grad for BSc students to major in “Corpse Reanimation” or “Creepy Castle Decor”. Anyway, I digress.

My point is that my lack of enthusiasm for dealing with other human beings has re-emerged, after a long hiatus during my corporate IT career, in my newly found interest in photography. It seems, although humans make interesting subjects, I find myself drawn more to being on my own, toiling over some strange but interesting inanimate object, right eye affixed to a view finder, attempting to bring life to the poor unwitting thing that has my caught undivided attention. This then followed by a few hours of experimentation and analysis locked away in a room, lit only by glowing computer screens before finally clutching my creation and declaring ecstatically (to my wife) “It’s alive!....... It’s alive!”…..

I suppose what I am trying to say, rather ineloquently, is that photography and the course at DPC has given me a little taste of the mad scientists I could have been and I have to admit; I like it!

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Comment by Chris Jones on August 27, 2013 at 11:32

I can only concur with you Kevin except I was drawn into birds (the feathred kind) and nature in general. I had very little interest in birds and birding before my first DSLR. Now spend many hours in nature reserves and botanical gardens.

Comment by Danie Bester on August 27, 2013 at 9:05

I really enjoyed your blog post. Shows you how we often discover our true passions and talents at a later stage. I think our school - education system and our parents often choose the "safe" option, with good intent obviously. When I was young, older people around me used to tell me "find a job with security" and as a white man, after 1994 this has changed as well. I am so glad, that we can still learn new tricks though!

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