How My Dad Went from Being a Couch Potato to a Wildlife Photographer

My dad used to be a couch potato.


Like most men his age, he would drink beer in front of the TV and watch whatever was on.

But then he took a shot at something else. It’s never too late to follow your passion.

What follows is a short interview with my father on how he went from being a couch potato to a wildlife photographer.

Coach potato, really?

Yeah. I hate to admit it, but that used to be me.

When did you start taking photos?

About 15 years ago. It was one of those old cameras. None of that digital stuff.

What made you pick up photography again?

I was going to visit my son in Australia when I saw a documentary about Australian wildlife on TV.

To say I was intrigued would be an understatement.

A thought suddenly occurred to me: Why don’t I capture that?

After a lot of negotiations with my wife, I finally purchased my first proper camera, a CANON 1000D.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Why do you take photos?

I love spending time in nature. I like strolling around the forest: watching, listening, living in the moment and if I’m lucky, I might just capture something worthwhile. If not, at least I get some well needed exercise and a breath of fresh air.

After my first trip to Australia, I fell in love with photography.

It became my passion. I would stay up all night, thinking about what kind of photos I wanted to take the next morning.

After a few more negotiations with the “Financial Officer”, I finally got myself a CANON 7D with a few lenses as well.

I was very happy! Good equipment definitely helps.

So, where can we find your work?

Well, actually my son just helped me set up my own photography site. It’s a place where I share my photos with the rest of the world.

I’m very new to this thing called “blogging” but I’m learning as we go. It’s a lot of fun and it’s also a great father and son project. It doesn’t matter that we live in different parts of the world, we use skype and email to stay in touch.

And this way, I can harass him a bit more! :)

Any final words?

Just go out there and do it. Whatever it is that gets you going, do it! Don’t wait!

There’s no point in sitting in front of the TV all day.

It’s never too late to try your own thing. And you are good enough to get started. My son reminds me of this all the time because I’m a perfectionist, so I find it difficult to show other people my work. I take pride in it, and I try to improve all the time, which is great, but sometimes you just have to let the clutch out and do the work.

Thank you so much for your time!

No worries! Or as we say in Swedish, ingen fara!

Now check out my dad’s site and say hello. He needs your support!

P.S. If you liked this format, please let me know in the comments. Please contact me if you want to share your remarkable story with the rest of the world. I’d love to feature you on my site!

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