Day 21: Unintended Consequences
Image by MikeWren
February 14, 2012 (6:33:40 PM)
50@36 Day 21: While getting ready for a family walk to Chiplote for dinner, Maddy was sure to grab her camera. Our conversation went something like this:
Her: "Daddy, I need to take pictures!"
Her: "To send to the people!"
Me: "What people?"
Her: "All the people, so they can see where we went!"
Me: "Oh, um, OK. Well, I’m sure it’s nothing a little counseling won’t fix."
I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about posting photos "for the people" but she is definitely in the habit of photodocumenting things and wants to show them off. And I’m not sure how I feel about it. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t feel the same way. My parents 8mm movie camera was reserved exclusively for special events, and I aways felt that it was a shame, costs of processing aside. When I was 12 or 13 my folks said they’d match whatever I could put towards a video camera. I was able to come up with the money within a week.
A previous hobby of mine was recording, sharing online and archiving live music; part of my borderline OCD need to document and preserve things important to me. Things which might otherwise have disappeared into the ether. Sharing the live music online with a wider circle of friends was just a happy consequence (and the driving force behind my involvement with etree.org). It was around that time when I realized that posting stuff online for the enjoyment of others could never be my primary reason, if I were to stay sane. I must to record (and now shoot) for myself, first. Unless I’m getting paid, what’s the point of shooting stuff I don’t care about or otherwise find interesting? It might be an obvious distinction, but a conclusion that took me a while to come to.
Western Avenue – Albany, NY
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF50mm f/1.4 USM
Exposure: ¹⁄₈₀ sec at f/1.4 ISO 1600
Processing: Adobe Lightroom v3.6