Ever been on a “man date”, gentlemen? It might sound strange but it is needed for guys. As we were growing up we spent time EXCLUSIVELY with boys. When we reached puberty, it was chasing girls and when we caught them, SOME of us simply pulled up the hand brake and stopped. It’s so easy for us guys just to stop… and with good reason. We have a hard day at work, we need to keep the wife and kids happy and some of us even have community based activities. So where is the modern day man in all of this? The ladies go to their spa’s and girlie places and frankly, so should we!
But let’s not get carried away and go all metro sexual; or whatever it is that society has labelled us with. Find your purpose and exercise it! You have been born to do a specific task and that will be the only thing that will give you gratification. If you haven’t found it yet, I can almost 100% guarantee you that you will spend the rest of your life looking for it…knowingly or unknowingly.
So what is our mandate as men? In my opinion, it is to lead in whatever sphere we find ourselves. This does not mean that we need to be great world changers and philosophers. We can very simply but effectively be the leader in our own families by exercising what is right, raising our kids in a manner which is pleasing in the sight of God and being the husband that we should be to our wives. I recently discovered that it’s the man’s opinion that carries the greater weight in the household. “Honey, how do I look?” or “Daddy, what do you think of this?” We help society form an opinion of itself. Do you realise the enormous mandate that is on our shoulders?
So coming back to the other “man date”. A good friend of mine, Elton (whose also photo-crazy) and I try to get together once in a while and just shoot. We recently done a photowalk behind Durbanville Hills and had quite a bit of fun. It was also a time just to hang out as guys…hence the “man date”.
Here I tried to capture and pay attention to fine detail. One of my favourite angles is to get really close to the subject and give it an abstract feel. It’s really amazing what you can pick up in a radius of only 50 square metres.