Logic, IT and wanting things to go right are a part of my background. As things rarely go right when people are working with IT, maybe this is why I think photography is fun. In photography, I can choose who I want to be with (or even be alone), no logic seems to be needed, and if things go wrong, I can simply claim that I am being “artistic”. Try claiming that in the IT world… However, being an IT nerd—with an added background in statistics—I want to quantify how fun photography actually is. And how does photography compare to other fun stuff like sports, eating, drinking, having sex, having wild sex involving blueberry cheesecake, or throwing raw eggs into the ceiling fan? What is the funniest thing to do?
Any IT nerd would of course start this exercise by defining “fun” by using at least three “dimensions”. I know that this doesn’t sound fun at all. Anyway, “fun” can be discoursed according to 1) expectation about the fun to be had, 2) appreciation of the fun while having it, and 3) recollection about the fun afterwards. Due to the methodological difficulties in measuring these dimensions, I shall however avoid adding measures like Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) or Electromyography (EMG). I bet few thought having fun could be this serious.
So, how fun is photography? Well, let’s start with the expectation. What easily kills the fun is having too high expectations. A good way to avoid high expectations is going out when one actually does not want to take photos. This way, expectations are low and results will therefore be much more appreciated. And that is fun.
Then there is the appreciation of taking photos at the very moment it happens. How fun is that? And how fun is it compared to having blueberry cheesecake? While throwing raw eggs into the ceiling fan? While having sex, which can also be construed as a kind of sport? All at the same time! Well, that should actually be real fun.
After such a photo opportunity, what will the recollection be of all this? One shall certainly realise that the blueberry cheesecake leaves its sugared stickiness on bodily places where you have no idea how that happened. And those egg stains are really everywhere. But hey, this will be an opportunity for taking some more “artistic” photos. Of egg stains. Furthermore, egg yolk is actually good for the hair as it makes it really shiny. Therefore, take some “fashion” photos as well of your partner; the one who also has remainders of blueberry cheesecake stuck on the most unexpected places on the body. Now “artistic” and “fashion” can be combined in one photo shoot and the photographic opportunities start anew. This does not happen after, e.g., running a marathon; one does not simply run another one right after having finished the first one. However, with photography it is possible to go on and on and on.
So, in comparison with other leisure activities, how does photography stack up? Well, photography can be combined with any other pleasure, whether it involves sports, sex, eggs, blueberry cheesecake, or all of it. Few other activities than Photography—Scientifically Fun photography offer this open possibility to combine itself with so many other activities. I mean, try sports, like say, running a marathon, while trying to drink beer or while trying to throw eggs at ceiling fans. That is not easy to combine. However, with a camera, much more is possible. Consequently, few things can be more fun than photography. Not only does it score high on expectation, appreciation and recollection, but it is also possible to combine it with basically any other activity on earth. Or space. And as this is not enough, for each preferred non-photographic activity, the additional photography can be done in many different ways. Just avoid getting egg yolk on the lens.
I have now proved scientifically that photography is the funniest thing that can be done, very much due to it not being an exclusive activity. Photography can be combined with any and everything else that one may want to do. Consequently, any other activity will be twice as fun when photography is added.
And by the way, no one said it was all fun to prove how fun photography is. But there you have it. No need to wonder anymore why photography is fun.