Warning: photography may become addictive. So much so, that your camera calls to you when you should be doing other things.. like work. The pull didn’t used to be so strong for me, nor was it so easy to acquiesce to its alluring beckoning. But over time, it became easier. It takes practice, but you, too, can become an effective member of the tardy workforce. These are the key elements conducive to photographic slacking:
Live close enough to your work that you can walk
It is possible to achieve the same levels of slackery with a driving or biking commute, but these methods are not for the faint of heart. Walking provides adequate time for distracting photo ops to draw you away from your route, and a “quick stop” to snap a few shots appears deceivingly less impactful than pulling off of the freeway.
Work somewhere that has a more lax attendance policy
If your job is in jeopardy if you’re five minutes late every six months, you’re much more inclined to be punctual. However, if you don’t punch a time card, and people generally don’t care when you show up – so long as you get your work done – you’re well on your way to establishing a habit of strolling it later than you initially intended.
Have a scenic route to work
If you have nothing interesting to shoot along your way, what’s to keep you from going straight to work? Put yourself in the presence of stunning scenery. Find a path through a beautiful park, along a riverbank, or even down a quiet early-morning urban street. Even a minor detour can put you in line with countless shooting targets.
Time your commute with the sunrise whenever possible
Nothing is more effective at keeping you from locking yourself behind the opaque walls of a cubicle than a spectacular dawn, painted across the horizon in all her fiery glory. Add a bit of clouds – setting the whole sky ablaze – and a mountain or some bridges for effect, and you suddenly have an irresistible subject that will add at least ten minutes to your commute.
Own a camera you can easily take with you at a moment’s notice
If your camera is packed away in a box, if it’s cumbersome to transport, or if it’s regularly out of batteries or SD cards, you aren’t likely to go through the effort of taking it with you. Keep your camera always at the ready with a fresh battery and a convenient quick-draw strap, and you’ll have a much easier time justifying a mini photo excursion on your way to work.
Have entertaining subjects at home
It’s easier to take longer getting into work if you take longer just getting out the door. If you happen to live somewhere with an amazing view, Mother Nature will easily distract you. Otherwise, I have found cats to be incredibly useful in this capacity. Freshly awake and bored from a night of nocturnal idleness, they are all too anxious to entertain you and beg your camera’s attention with adorable stretches, playing with their favorite toys, or chasing their tails. Why even leave?
Have an eye for myriad interesting objects
Anything can be photo-worthy if you look at it in the right light – buildings, geese, clouds, flowers, puddles, tracks, garbage – make the most of your surroundings! Those with a real penchant for seeking out unusual finds will be more successful in the endeavor to dawdle.
Love photography more than your job
This should be obvious. Clearly, to be successful in being regularly tardy, you should prefer shooting over being at your desk. A job is a job, and photography is amazing, fun, creative, incredible, fulfilling, and exciting, right? Some may be able to achieve positive results while liking their job equally, but be careful that it isn’t too enjoyable – unless, of course, your job is photography… but then it’s no longer work!