Photography blogs are boring and make me want to go on a terrible spree. Welcome to the antidote.
My name is Gareth Dutton (or GaryDooton to some – a stupid nickname that careered out of control and became an alter ego) and I am a freelance photographer based in West London. Essentially, the life of a freelance photographer involves photographing a burly man in his underwear one day, a pretty girl with nice hair and make up another, a group shot of some awkward, nerdy men the next, some reportage in the middle of a field and oh god how did I end up here the next, a self portrait wearing a bloodied pig mask the next and, on other days, a topless woman in a wrestling ring, spitting gin at the audience.
Or at least it is for me. I started this blog because freelance photography is fun: it’s sometimes painful when you’re pinching the pennies through the quiet periods, it’s sometimes joyful as the gigs start rolling in and you attempt to not immediately spend it all on frivolous items, like forty-seven Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. What you can guarantee is it’s always different, and I couldn’t imagine doing a different job.
I feel like a lot of photo blogs are boring. They’re either blow by blow accounts of exactly what happened, written like a police incident report, or they are technically focused and therefore exclusive of people who don’t know much about photography. I want to create a blog that is for anyone to read and enjoy. I want to show you that photography isn’t boring, it’s bloody brilliant. I want to (figuratively) invade your delightful headspaces with some of that (metaphorical) electricity and get you excited about photography, too, give you the bug. That’s why this blog exists, and hopefully I will indeed transmit to you this lovely disease. Yuck.