One man says "What's that package up there in the baggage rack?", and the other answers, "Oh, that's a McGuffin".
The first one asks "What's a McGuffin?"
"Well", the other man says, "It's an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands".
The first man says, "But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands"....
This is a famous anecdote used by Alfred Hitchcock to describe what's known in fiction writing and the film business as a 'McGuffin' which is basically the driver for the plot of a film.
It can be a person, place or thing but it should be the main motivation for the characters or protaganist However, it can be more abstract like money, victory, glory, survival, power, love, or even something that is completely unexplained, as long as it strongly motivates key characters in the plot.
Some great examples in films is the Ark, in Raiders of the Lost ark, Money and power in Scarface and according to George Lucas it was R2D2 in Star Wars!
So what has this got to do with Photography you ask?
Well, everything really.
People often ask me how I got into Photography and whilst there are several explanations that would suffice, the real reason, the simple answer is that Photography is my McGuffin!
It's the thing that motivates me to spend most of my time devoted to thinking, writing, talking and doing it.
It makes me get out of bed at 3.30 am on a winter morning to travel 4 hours to London to hear others talking about it and doing it. It's the thing that I know will never stop doing whether I am being paid for it or not.
'Photography is one of the only things that when I am doing it, I don't feel that I should be doing something else' - Tweet this (substitute Photography for your McGuffin!)
So, have a think about it, what drives you? what can you never, ever stop doing? What is your McGuffin?
If you haven't found it yet, then make it your mission to find it!
Enjoy your weekend!