Things I’m pondering
I’ve not been posting much. That doesn’t mean the musing has stopped, just the writing bit.
Things I’m pondering:
- Sometimes taking a walk with a camera enhances the experience. Sometimes taking a camera along is a detriment. There are things in life which should be experienced, and the act of photography can distance us from things. I know people who carry (or have, in the past, carried) a camera with them everywhere they go, all the time. A lot of those people seem to make photos in a more or less continuous stream. I have, for some short periods, done the same thing. At times I’ve liked this, and at other times I’ve thought it was madness. But I still keep thinking about it. My SoFoBoMo book this year may well be an exercise in quotidian photography. We’ll see.
I used to feel regret when I ‘missed’ a photo either because I wasn’t fast enough or didn’t have a camera handy. Nowadays, I’m more of the view that there’s this infinite stream of possible photos flowing past us all the time, and we just sort of dip into the stream now and then. No matter what you do, an infinite number of good photos flow past between your exposures. I’m mindful of the street photographer (can’t remember who, sorry) who, when asked if he felt bad about the photos he missed while reloading, replied “There are no photos while I’m reloading”. No matter what you do, an infinite number of photos are NOT made by you every second. I no longer sweat this.