You Just Never Know…..
Always have your camera with you. A camera/the camera/some camera.
Things go by pretty fast and you never know what’s going to happen.
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There was a time when the technology got too much for me. Before digital. I put down the Nikons. The great lenses. The best labs.
It used to be a photographers dozen was defined this way: Shoot 36, print 12, keep one. And that was a good day.
The theory books almost posited that a good photographer should be able to make a great image with a box camera. Sometime just seeing the image is the thing. Not exposing film or digital media, just seeing the frame and image.
I was totally going there.Not by a conscious choice, but by attitude.
It started by shooting the film and only making contact sheets.
Then processing the B&W and holding it a certain way to see the positive image on the neg. (if you’ve ever processed your own B&W you know about this.)
Then just shooting the film and not processing.
Next to last bit was looking through the viewfinder.
Then the cameras were away and it was a matter of seeing the image. And done.
But hey…this is a medium of communication and if you have something to say, then pick your medium and say it ,Darn it!
Disposable panoramic cameras came back first. The first image published in awhile was a disposable camera shot of a sunset in Santa Monica. Made the LA Times Sunday Magazine.
The shot above was made shortly after the Nikons came back.
The scene is in front of the Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman Murder Scene in Brentwood,CA. which was around the corner from my house at the time. It wasn’t about the murder scene as much as the tourism around it.
Here is a dad encouraging his son to take a snap of the infamous location of tragedy and horrific events.
And the son has his own disposable camera.
So take a camera, any camera, wherever you go. You never know what you may see. Even just around the corner.