I’ve had this chat with a couple of other photographers recently and thought it would be a good topic for a Foto Friday.
But what does your camera mean to you?
You don’t have to look at this as something with just a digital SLR. It could be your point-and-shoot. It could be an iPhone. Or a Droid. Or some other cell phone camera.
But what is the camera to you?
It it a piece of technology? An extension of who you are? It it something to create art? Or memories for Facebook?
It has to mean something if you use it.
So spill your beans here. Tell me what it is to you.
Oh, I guess I should share my thoughts about this, too, eh?
My camera is an extension of me. No matter if it’s my Canon 7D or my iPhone, I look at it the same. It’s a way for me to create some sort of art. See, I was never good at art.
I can’t draw. (My father was an amazing drawer. I wish I had some of his sketches. Man, they were freakin’ awesome. I remember as a kid sitting next to him as he’d draw me something. Really wild.)
I can’t paint. I can’t sculpt.
But I love art. I own several quilts that my mother has made. Talk about art. Wow. I wouldn’t have the patience or the skill to sit through and do as she does — hand quilting. No way. I own many pieces of art I’ve purchased from street artists or elsewhere.
I can’t do that stuff. Never have been able to.
That being said, I can take a photo. Photography goes back several generations in my family. My grandfather (father’s side) was a big photographer (I own a camera he once had — still works. I need another lens for it though).
I feel I have a good eye for good images. I can frame things well. I like to get a little nutso with the way I do things at times and I’ll take chances. I look at things differently, too. That’s part of the camera.
Pointing it straight ahead and taking photos doesn’t always work for me. It can be boring.
So, I think differently.
And, as I said, I do that with my normal stuff and with my iPhone. A photo to me is a piece of art. It’s not just a memory — though it is that, too — it’s art. No matter what you do with this piece of art, it’s something you’ve created.
The reason I say all this?
Anyone can snap a photo to create some memory. It takes someone more to create a piece of art that would look amazing in a frame and on a wall.
I take photography serious — to an extent. I like to set shots up. I like to take my time. I like to know what I am shooting. That’s why, usually, I like going out and shooting by myself. I don’t mind others being there or coming along to shoot as well, as long as they realize I’m not on a time limit and I don’t like to rush.
The camera is an extension to me. It means a lot to me. And it’s also something that helps me when times are tough. There’s always something out there to take photos of and that really can help you let your mind go free.
It also can depend on what you like to shoot.
I love shooting sports and when I do, I get into a different zone. I am always looking for angles or the right light or something else.
When I get away from sports, I’m different. As I noted above, I take my time. I set things up. I zoom in on some things or get a wider angle for others. I have a totally different thought process when not shooting sports.
That helps, though.
I’m happy where I am with my photos now. I love having confidence to shoot with my regular camera or the iPhone. I love knowing there is so much to try, test and experiment with.
So the camera, to me, is an extension of who I am. It’s something I love. (Several years ago, I was offered a photo spot at the daily I used to work for. I turned it down in fear that I would lose this love. Though it might mean I was still employed, I don’t regret the decision because I got to meet someone who became a close friend and I still love taking my camera with me wherever I go).
How about you?
Drop a comment below and tell me what the camera means, if anything, to you? A quick snapper? Someone who thinks about every shot? Someone who loves to spend hours with PhotoShop?
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