I feel like a traitor, a hypocrite, like I’m betraying an old friend.
I bought a digital camera.
From my teenage years of taking a disposable camera everywhere I went, to my early 20s experimenting with all sorts, shapes and sizes of toy cameras to last year when I got my Minolta – film has always had my heart. The thought and time taken before snapping a shot as not to waste the film, the inability to see or delete it & the excitement whilst waiting for it to develop. That’s what photography is about for me – one moment, one shot. One moment in time that will never be deleted & won’t be judged seconds after it’s taken. A true memory. A real memory.
So why did I finally give in? I was watching the TV the other night & an advert for National Geographic came on. It was an interview-like thing with one of their photographers. Without even thinking, I let out a loud and definitive ‘That’s my dream job’. My brain had to catch up with my mouth. ‘That’s my dream job, that’s actually my dream job.’ I’d never really thought about what my dream job was until that exact second, but it seems my subconscious knew all along. So it’s then I figured I should probably try & take this photography lark a bit more seriously. And here I am feeling guilty and dirty with my new fancy pants digital SLR camera now in tow.
To keep my photographic morals in tact, I’m still very much sticking to my ‘one moment, one shot’ rule. No viewfinder will be used. No looking at what I’ve taken until I’ve finished a set & especially no deleting. Deleting is cheating.
And of course, my good pal Minolta has not been forgotten, she’ll still be coming along with me on my adventures. You can see lots of photos we’ve taken together on my website, aptly under the photography menu.
It’s pouring rain today, Melbourne weather really does remind me of home a lot of the time, so I gave the newbie camera a quick spin in the house…
I really want to take more photos of people. Not posed ones though. In the moment ones. No fake smiles, pouts or otherwise here. So, if you or anyone you know in or around Melbourne is having a party, wedding, birthday, opening, baby shower, whatever… then I’d love to come along and take some photos for you – free of charge until I get some more experience behind me. If you’re interested, send me an e-mail – firstname.lastname@example.org
Time to embrace the digital world.