This week’s black and white photo challenge is “any kind of camera or photos of photographers.” I have always loved playing with cameras, but it’s only been in the last few years that I’ve begun focusing on the technical aspects of the actual photograph. I ran through many rolls of film as a kid – so many that now, looking back through those pictures, I’m surprised my mom put up with it! Oh but it was fun! (smile) One of my favorite subjects was – and still is – my grandmother’s garden. It’s the best place guaranteed to capture beauty and color.
Now that digital is the norm, I don’t feel quite so bad about taking an over-abundance of photos. It’s such an indulgence to take as many as I want, knowing that I can simply delete the rejected ones, no charge. It’s also a huge benefit to be able to immediately see the image captured! I’ve read stories about Ansel Adams carrying glass plates through the wilderness to capture just the right shot, and I am always in such awe of his dedication and ability to process those photos in his mind. The more familiar I become with digital, the more tempted I am to return to film. I suppose it’s taken the safety-net digital provides to gain enough confidence to go try other mediums.
In the meantime, I’ve started – quit unconsciously – collecting old film cameras. I’m pretty sure they are unlikely to capture images again, but they are fascinating works of art in themselves.
This post is also Day 1 of the 5 day challenge. I was nominated by Terry at Through the Lens of my Life (thanks Terry!) Now I’m tagging Tom at Spirit in Politics to join the fun! If you would like to participate, post a photo every day for five days and write a story to go along with each photo. Your stories can be fiction or non-fiction; short paragraphs, multiple pages, or poems. Each day, please invite one person to carry on the challenge. The challenge is not mandatory and can be refused, but I hope you accept and have fun!