Scranton, PA: A local photographer drained his son's college savings to purchase a new camera.
The story begins with lawyer and part-time photographer, James P. Albini, on the phone with a fellow photographer friend, Tony Garreth. Tony picks up the story:
James is a good guy, levelheaded... mostly. He seems a bit obsessed with camera gear, especially for a guy whose real job is being a lawyer. He mostly just takes photos of flowers in the local park and stares at them while zoomed in 400% in Lightroom, then argues with people online about gear specs. He keeps talking about stepping up to medium format. It's like he forgets he has a kid going to college next year who wants to be a doctor. Does he know how much med school tuition costs? His son is a straight B student.
After seeing his son's grades and chugging half a bottle of Pepto Bismol after looking up medical school tuition costs without scholarships, Albini began to reevaluate his priorities:
Jimmy's dream his whole life has been to be a doctor. Then again, my dream the whole last three months has been to get that medium format Fuji camera. There are already so many doctors in the world, but I'm pretty sure I'd be the first guy in my photography Facebook group with that Fuji. That jerk, Sean, who got the new Sony before me, would be so mad.
Later that day, though, Albini's love as a father began to reclaim his rationality, as he realized he was probably being a bit selfish:
Yeah, 100 megapixels of medium format goodness would be amazing, but I guess my kid's dreams are important too, and medical school tuition is really expensive. So, I did what any good father would do: I printed a student loan application for him! Can't wait to get that Fuji! Sean is going to be so mad!
Fstoppers will keep you updated on Albini's purchases.