It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. You’d think that with all this virus stuff I would have more time but somehow it turned into the opposite. Korea didn’t really slow down much, yet we struggled in similar ways to the rest of the world. It has been a hard couple of months.
I’ve realized a lot of things during this time. A lot about life. A lot about my life.
A lot about my place and trying to find it. I don’t know where I am or where I’m going and that is hard. I thought I knew, but I don’t.
To be straight, I love my life in general. I love the city I live in. I love the people around me. Most importantly, I love my wife.
It’s my professional life that I’m not sure about. Where will I be in ten years? How will I get there?
I envy people that have these answers.
Photographically, I’ve gone back to the basics of basics. I take my digital photos with my phone and enjoy it. I shoot most of my film photos with very basic film cameras. Am I taking great photos? Not really.
Am I taking photos? Yes. I’m not posting very many. Somehow I feel slightly over all that. It’s funny when it comes to things like cameras. I love them as toys and people that have been here long will remember when I changed cameras once a week. It’s not really been like that for a while and the want to do so has also waned. Perhaps I’ve started thinking differently about photography.
Perhaps I’m just poorer?
“But you’re using a very expensive phone?”
Well, I live in Korea where having a “good” phone isn’t really an optional thing. I got the 11 Pro because it was on sale when the SE came out. It was the first time in years I’d actually finished a phone contract. The irony that I ended up with green even though I can’t see green is funny in itself.
Taking photos with my phone again has been somewhat liberating. I think phones have become so good that there is no longer any need for a compact camera. For those worried about the “feeling” of using a camera I highly recommend this case:
It’s the official Apple battery case. I know it’s bulky and also expensive (was a birthday gift) but it also adds a shutter button to the iPhone and gives it a grip that makes it feel more like a camera. The camera button launches the camera from any mode. It’s really a no brainer accessory for me. I actually hate the “feeling” of these apple silicone cases but I use it anyway because of that shutter button.
It makes capturing the “decisive moment” so much easier. If I see something I just hold the button for half a second and shoot. It’s faster to get into a shooting position than any compact camera I’ve used. If you pay attention to light, use the portrait mode in the right situation, and allow the constraints to let you think creatively I think the iPhone or any smartphone is more than good enough of a tool for most people.
Anyway, I don’t have much more for today. The moral of the story which I haven’t clearly told. If life has you down and you’re not in a position to get a new camera or something maybe just go back to basics. I sold a lot of my cameras to keep up with life and honestly, I feel fine. It’s been fine. Maybe things are even more clear.
Shoot with your phone if that’s what you have.
There are more important things than the next camera or lens.
Life goes on.
I’ve opened a series of online classes. Students so far have been very satisfied and we’ve had a blast exploring all sorts of topics in photography.
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