This morning I came across an article that had “rant” and “I love photography” in the title. Odd? Perhaps, but as I read through the words I found myself smiling, nodding my head and giving the odd fist-pump in agreement. Okay, maybe I didn’t toss out a fist-pump, but I was close.
Years before I dove head-first into photography, I owned several film point and shoot cameras. Remember the ones with the 110 film cartridges? Yeah, that one. I’m sure it’s floating around my house somewhere because you know, I did find my yellow sony walkman a few weeks ago. Hello, my name is Holly and I’m a closet hoarder.
Digital cameras make things super easy for people to click and capture whatever their hearts desire. DSLR cameras have skyrocketed in popularity and range from entry level to so-crazy-expensive-I-would-need-a-second-mortgage-to-afford-one level. Regardless of what camera you have, and what skill level you possess, memories are what we are talking about when it comes down to what’s important. Photographs, taken for any reason, by any piece of equipment and by any person is still a photograph and have the main purpose of capturing a memory.
There’s no question I’ll continue to invest in a professional when the legacy of my family and portraits are concerned, but when it comes to vacations, getaways, tobogganing with the kids, sports practice, etc. ? I’ll simply use my mobile phone or bring along my trusty point and shoot because immediate capture of what’s happening will always equal high quality, long-term memory.
When my boyfriend and I travelled to Los Cabos in October of last year I knew I wanted to take tons of photos and remember our trip, but I also wanted to make sure I was enjoying the trip. I didn’t want to be caught up in camera settings, lens choice and watching my gear like a hawk. I wanted to see something, click the little button and grab the moment, but then I wanted to physically get back INTO the moment. And that’s what I did. I can look back on the images from our trip and actually remember more of what we did and what we experienced because I wasn’t caught up in the equipment… I was living the moment as it happened, not just as it loaded onto my computer weeks later. Funny, the same can be said for being in photos and in the moment with your family; capturing real life as it’s happening as opposed to staged tripod or timer life. Something to ponder.
Hmmm… I guess there’s no way I can talk about a warm destination without sharing, is there? Didn’t think so. :)
If you’re interested in reading the full article that spurred my little walk down memory lane, you can check it out here.
It truly is a wonderful message for everyone; no matter what side of the lens (or what kind of lens) you frequent.