Perhaps it is the first realization in the many the lie ahead that we once lived in better times. Not too long ago we sailed a quest for knowledge, a quest that would end as the world of convenience took over.
A while back I wrote the post “Sometimes you don’t have a Camera“. The idea behind the piece was that being in the midst of life’s photographic moments doesn’t always work on your schedule. This is a problem that has bugged me ruthlessly since finding that I had an affinity for collecting those moments. My remedies have been comical at times, but nothing has worked… I once kept Nikon D300’s in my cars center consoles in case I encountered something on the road. I also picked up a Canon G10 and Nikon P7000 to have as pocket cameras for traveling, but there in lies the problem. You leave your hotel room with a “pocket” camera in hand with the intent to hunt down life and capture it for the world to see. However, as many of us know, this is never the case. As is the saying in photography, the best camera is the one you have with you. It is with this in mind that I sat glued to my computer screen yesterday, hitting the refresh button religiously on Gizmodo and Engadget, who were both covering the announcement of the iPhone 4s. At times I was cheering like a […]
I was fortunate enough to spend last week with my wife and some friends cruising the Caribbean. Both BlackBerries turned off, no laptop, and no camera. This was a trip I needed. Scenically impressive, mentally relaxing, artistically inspiring, and creatively choked. I had spent the week before departure wrapping up projects, photographing another and trying to get an iPhone 4 from AT&T. In a serendipatious (if you’ve seen Serendipity, you know this reference) circumstance I left Scottsdale without an iPhone. Putting to an end my last ditch effort to enable any image creating, as I had thought of it as a loophole in my “no cameras” promise to my wife. Sitting on the balcony of our cabin listening to the ocean crash below, fighting Han Zimmer for my ear, I know this was a fate written by a much higher power than myself. The ocean’s profound beauty goes on everyday, performing to a relatively absent audience, and here I sit, a painter without his brush. So consumed with creating art, only to be ignorant to the art that was given. Take some time to watch life, it might just astonish you.