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Lure of Fantasy


(Leica D-Lux5)

I almost gave it the title of Sex Fantasy if not for want of a better taste.

Very often when a thought or visual or conversation conjures up a fantasy, we would fix our mind on it until the usual definitive business interrupts. Then we could have forgotten about it for a certain period of time until, flash, what has been fancied is unfolding right before our eyes. Right there, we are left to ourselves to decide whether to get a hold on or let go of it.

Recently, I have been clearing my camera cabinet of unwanted gear and selling some away, and have so far made two sales. An interesting observation is that on both occasions, the buyers were willing to pay extra for the old accessories I brought with me which they had not asked for. It seems that when determination has been made to turn the fantasy into reality, one will never be too frugal to make the reality as fanciful as can be. I sold the accessories to the buyers by saying that they might not wish to miss them. In the next second I was given the extra cash. No flowery wording or unscrupulous touting.

I myself have fallen victim to this human weakness about fantasy lately too as I have been browsing “porn sites” for photographers. The worst are the Leica ones where users crow about their troops of pricey Leica paraphernalia. They write porn stories about their cameras and lenses and post naked shots of and by them. The cumulative effect of which might be the shot of today taken under my infected subconscious perceptions at the scene.

Oh my! Before anything unfold before my eyes, I should resume my consciousness and stop browsing these “porn sites”.


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