I have taken photographs for as long as I can remember starting out with a 110 when I was a kid, remember those? Though I’ve never had a truly fancy camera I have always enjoyed looking through the lens and trying to capture a bit of the beauty I see all around me. Right now I am mostly using a Nikon Coolpix L820. I appreciate the 30x zoom, the way it captures color and balances light and dark and the fact that it is lightweight so that it doesn’t hurt my neck & back to carry it around. I would be thrilled if there was a way to pack all of those features into a pocket camera which is my preference to carry weight-wise when hiking.
I love digital photography because I can take as many photos as I want without worrying about the cost of film or developing. That way I can take both those shots that I’m pretty sure will come out well and experiment with those that intrigue me but are more likely to be deletes.
I was thinking the other day, what is it about photography that makes me feel so good when I am doing it? This is what I came up with.
Looking through the lenses focuses my attention and tethers me to the here and now. This is powerfully important for someone like me whose brain is almost always stuck in the on position. (Plus its a lot cheaper than therapy and I have something to show for it!)
It helps me to notice the beauty in the mundane.
And it helps me to see the beauty or mystery that is hiding in the ugly
Taking photos helps me to remember what I have seen and experienced.
It helps me to keep loved ones close by documenting our special moments together. The photographs help to tell the story of what I love about them.
Taking photos helps me to look around and see the big picture.
And it helps me to notice beautiful and amazing details.
In other words, taking photos brings me great joy.
How about you? Do you like to take photographs? What do you enjoy about it?