Hi! I’m Otis DuPont, nice o meet you. Thanks for stopping by my Pinterest “Rich Pins” enabled, feel-good site. Add these shots to your Pinterest.
I’m just a recreational photographer, from New York City, New York, United States of America – better known as ” ‘MER’CA” (pronounced with a slight slur to speech – or also found proceeded by other kinds of slurs) by most some of our more patriotic citizens. 😁 I’m using photography for peace-of-mind, and to maintain a creative outlet. I love to practice photography mostly when I’m exploring new places or out hiking/doing physical activities in other locations NOT where I live. Maintaining an artistic outlet is proven to make you happy and keep you positive, and it goes without saying that you should get away from your static habitat, to explore more dynamic and free-roaming destinations for travel- not places promoted by HYPE-BEASTS just so say “I went there too!” 😒 I started this blog to keep track of where I’ve been making journeys to, through the use of photos and geo-tagging, but also to maybe encourage more people to go travel more often. I also realized that I had a little too much to drink in some places, and well… when I revisit the pictures, I don’t remember taking them. Not black out drunk material but like “wait, THAT was there too? and ‘I’ took this pic?” 🤣 I constantly have this happen where I have the full set of pics while touring and don’t remember taking them. 🤦♂️ Seriously, though, WE need to get out more! Americans don’t travel or take vacation, they do it less and less each year, it’s sad, but my European and Asian buddies travel for 4 to 6 weeks at a clip!!! Are we NOT in the most free country in the world (USA)?? 😳 The brochures say so! Dunning Kruger effect says so! So, what gives?? Why do we behave and work like we are slaves, and what is it all worth if you’re doing NOTHING FREE AND RELAXING in life with your free time? We need to take more trips.
However, my friends make up excuses not to take vacations, and think my trips are boring because I don’t go to beaches and dance clubs, but I’m not 20 anymore, time for grown folks’ trips! GROW UP, PEOPLE!! :/ eeeh WHOA! Slow down there, Buddy. Not THOSE KINDS OF GROWN FOLKS’ TRIPS. I often go to a place that others are not going to because to avoid doing the same dumb photos everyone else is copying from works they’ve seen online. The art of the places we go to has become “cliché” at this point, the importance of the work and the location are meaningless at that point. I often go to places not considered “touristy” enough for folks to think that they should have interest in them. Afterwards, I come back from vacation and those same people are asking for my trip pics. 🙄 Honestly, aside from a few places I’ve gone, there really can’t be much BRAGGING about any place I’ll reference, in this blog, but they might be eye raising. I do know that older folks like to read what I’ve written, and my married friends do too, because any place I’ll reference, they know that if they go, they won’t get into any “TROUBLE“- as opposed to those other trips everyone else is doing, where you’ll be amazed at how well many can throw it back. 😜
My trips are all over the place… in terms of “themes”. I’ll do anything I think is entertaining or funny to myself.
I might go learn how Jamaicans died to help the country of Ecuador be able to cross its own continental divide….
… or maybe I will go learn the history of how the European Settlers expanded into what would become the United States of America on the Oregon Trail…
…maybe I’ll go get the true story of “Custer’s Last Stand” and how America changed forever for Indigenous Americans afterward…
Maybe I’ll go study the history of Mormonism in America …
I think you get the point. The kinds of places that I like to go to are places that I think I can learn something about, in hopes of making that place more memorable for myself, and to also get a glimpse into the local culture in the area, and its history. I like things I’d normally not see in my own environment, and of course, if I can get in a hike or long walk, I immediately will gravitate towards that kind of trip. You can turn any trip into an interesting vacation, I’ll show you! In fact, most of these trips I take, might not have anything photo worthy, so really, with this blog, I hope to create something from nothing, in most cases. It just takes seeing with a different perspective. And on my trips, all kinds of silly things have happened to me, so that’s what makes these things I share, a little more special to me. If I vacation, I do it off-season/ off-peak times when I go, although people think that’s the worst time to go on vacations. I’m trying to avoid completely ruining a place for myself, due to complete overcrowding of tourists. I’m attempting to avoid morons with their selfie-sticks slamming into me in tight areas, while we’re on high cliffs, almost sending themselves falling to their deaths off of 300 meter deep cliffs of the US and Canadian Rockies, and the same morons falling face first into the bacteria mats of National Parks <- all true events I personally witnessed. That alone is a different line of photography I should do, “accidents on vacations”, because I’ve seen hundreds of such events. Other shots are just quick getaways or if I’m away for work, so strap in and let’s try seeing some of these places, from a different perspective. A (financially) broke person’s perspective. The problem with what I’m writing is I’ve been on a Keto diet for a year and any kind of alcoholic drink I have has an IMMEDIATE affect, and I’m surely drinking something to relax on these trips. 🤣 Something’s got to give? No! NOTHING’S GOTTA GIVE!!!
The pics in the blog are mostly “snapshots”, very little (if any) post processing, so don’t expect to be blown away photographically.
And as always, be sure to check DRUNK PHOTOGRAPHY for pictures of some of my more FINISHED work from my journeys. Actually, that previous line might make you think you’d be blown away by what I mentioned in this line, but you shouldn’t expect much from that site either. 😁