I’m taking less photos

I have been taking fewer photos since I went digital a few years back, almost none these days. For some reason the action seems to be less of a challenge now, and consequently less meaningful. This probably says more about me than it does about digital photography. I think what the problem is that, while digital technology has made taking photos easier, it has taken the pleasure away. Before my trusty SLR (Manual) suffered its untimely demise in the middle-east, I had a limited number of exposures available, and this made me think carefully about what I wanted to take a photo of, how that picture would be constructed, and what might be happening in the future. Some of my best photos were from the Snowman Trek in Bhutan where I had 360 exposures for 28 days – this focused my mind and made the challenge very enjoyable. The other thing about slide film is that it is a very honest medium – you get what you take. There is limited scope (at least for the amateur) of ‘fixing it up’ or adding effects.

Digital can be a lot more forgiving. Also, I think, the instant gratification of see your digital photo, takes away the anticipation and, in my view, devalues the image. Take one, delete it, take another, still not good enough, delete it etc. This also tends to make you spend your holidays looking through a lens rather than actually taking in the view. It doesn’t suit me, but then I did mention that this article may say more about me than digital photography. I seem to recall that there is some research to say that this is affecting people’s memory of their trips.

So, at the risk of appearing backward, and also grumpy, I have pretty much stopped taking photos. Perhaps I should see if I can get my old SLR fixed  – I think this is the only option, because I am intending to go to Antarctica and I think photos are essential, but I really would like to take film. I think there is at least one place here in Perth that still processes it. However, if push comes to shove, I will probably end up taking a digital camera, but I will be spending more time looking at Antarctica rather than taking photos, because at least then the images will be imprinted on my brain rather than a memory stick. Now I’m going to go back to my cave and start rubbing sticks together to make fire…anyhow, below are two of them photos from Bhutan

 

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About George Fripley
I am a writer who enjoys writing humour, satire, poetry and sometimes a bit of philosophy. I live in Perth, Western Australia and occasionally get a poem or article published. It's all good fun! I have two books available for unwary readers, Grudges, Rumours and Drama Queens- The Civil Servant's Manual (This contains all that anybody could ever want to know about why government runs so slowly) and More Gravy Please! - the Politician's Handbook. (available through Amazon)

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