Editors Note:


EDITOR'S NOTE: Fresh off a three year managerial stint, your friendly neighborhood lenslinger is back on the street and under heavy deadline. As the numbing effects of his self-imposed containment wear off, vexing reflections and pithy epistles are sure to follow...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Good for Guapo

By all logic, this latest gig should have made him happy. Greater pay, more authority, a better schedule. But for the blogging-photog known as El-Guapo, that desk inside a Sacramento TV station felt like a tombstone. So he did what a lot of former news shooters do when they try to go legit. He fantasized about the lens. First they were harmless daydreams, but soon fully-engorged phantasms of life behind the viewfinder unraveled our hero. It happened to me. During my two year stint as promo pimp, I too began to hallucinate about slow zooms and fast deadlines. It got so bad I considered finding a twelve step program, but instead I plotted a clandestine return to the world of live trucks and tired logos. Well, El Guapo has done one better: He's gone off and scored himself a sports gig. Now he'll turn longer fare on his beloved athletic events -without the rash of your typical newsroom. Best of all, he'll be doing it all in Hippieville, that capitol of aging slackers that brings out the very best in his rollicking blog. Beats rehab...

3 comments:

EL-GUAPO said...

Thanks for the nod, Slinger. It was great talking to you last night.

John said...

Is it just me or am I hearing, more and more, experienced photogs making moves to get back to what they really want to do and turning their backs on what, traditionally, was considered bigger and better?

Famed NPPA photog Dave W. wrote an article this month about his own choice to get back to the daily grind...even if it meant moving to Denver and working nights, weekends and even (gasp) running a live truck.

It's good to see people taking control of their lives and doing what they like to do. There's a lot to be said about being happy and shedding some BS no matter if it means making a bit less coin.

Duff said...

Actually, he's just going back because they have better pot. Still, good for you.