Saturday, April 19, 2008

Say Cheese

I don't own a camera.

Okay, I do. In fact, I own tw..thre..four of them. None of them work, which will surprise no one that knows me well, or who has read this journal for any amount of time. I tend to kill anything that has a battery or is digital or that has beyond your basic wind up innards. I like to consider it a gift. I know I receive thank you cards from a number of company's that I personally keep in business. Currently, Apple is rubbing it's hands in glee with me as a customer.

My friends and family politely keep me away from all of their electrical gizmo's. The Weather Guy wouldn't even let me carry his newly purchased iPod out of the C word when he purchased it in January.

I mean, really.

Looking back on it, smart move.

My last camera was your basic PhD camera... Push Here Dummy. I managed to kill it fairly quickly.... however, it wasn't ME per se, it was when I poured a bottle of water by accident when I was carrying it in my purse that caused it's death. Therefore, you really can't blame me... I mean, you can...but, you can't.

I digress.

I've realised, however, with all the cameras I've owned, I never took photos... I'm not sure I have more than 47 photos of HRH, and she's 20.

I ride the Ferry or walk the city or look over London... I scan faces, landscapes, sunsets, cathedrals, see the juxtaposition of various objects that catches my eye... a million things zip past me... I know I don't have the eye of an artist to capture this thing...

It's why there are people like Miss S, who is a master with a camera.

This is why postcards were invented, for people like me. I go on holidays, and buy them, and pretend I took that perfect picture of the changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (that I've only driven past) or of the London Eye (that I've still never been on, thanks to a hangover after a looooooong gin game) or gone to the top of the Empire State Building. I take lots of photos of people I don't know, posed against the backdrop of the city or the Statue of Liberty (please, can someone take a brush and clean it?) for the tourists who strain to hold their arm out to get all of them in the picture. People and places I know? Not so much.

In the end, I know this--I'd rather live the event, they lose it while focusing a camera.

That's my line, and I'm not going to move away from it...




Our Neville Fact:


Tomorrow, Neville's life while Margaret was away on Her Adventure.

9 comments:

Grateful Guy said...

I love being able to take photographs. I think I'd go mad if I ever couldn't do it.

Because I fix PC's, my parents always call me any time anything electronic in the house goes wrong - the VCR, the microwave, the vacuum cleaner...

Bud said...

"In the end, I know this--I'd rather live the event, they lose it while focusing a camera." That's my line too and I mean it but your digital killing instinct is something else altogether. There might be a help group for you on that. It's dangerous, Quin! Look after it, will you?

golfwidow said...

I often fret over not having a camera with me when I need one. My memory's still good enough that I have moments in my head, but when that goes, those moments will be gone too, not just for me, but for anyone else.

Bleh, how depressing.

Writeprocrastinator said...

I kill computers. Though I've had plenty of help from Mister Gates and a coven of hackers.

"Tomorrow, Neville's life while Margaret was away on Her Adventure."

Life is good!

Writeprocrastinator said...

BTW, I've seen about three different articles on how digital cameras are killing the industry and they've said that the postcard might be extinct within the next decade.

twentysomethingandclueless said...

I hate not having a camera when I see something I want to take a photo of. I've been without a camera (this guy I kind of dated basically took off running with it and never returned any of my calls/msgs/texts TO GET MY CAMERA BACK (don't really care if he never talks to me again, I just want my camera!) since December, and I only bought it in August. :( Pisses me off every time I think about it...

*deep breath*

Anyway. It IS nice to live in the moment, but as my time in HK is dwindling I feel like I need more pictures of my friends and me, and Hong Kong in general. :(

My friend is worse than you are, I think. She's run over, spilled water on, dropped in the toilet, had it stolen right off the tabletop, lost in a club, countless cell phones and cameras. lol

Peter Varvel said...

Love that phrase, "digital killing instinct" (Thanks, Bud, I will owe you residuals) because it applies to me, too. So does the word 'lazy.' I hardly take photos anymore because I'm too scared/lazy/idiotic to make the effort to keep up with current technology, 'user-friendly' as they may claim it to be. I promised Golf Widow, though, that I would finally learn how to scan photos so that we can photoshop each other in to my my 80's prom photos (POUFY SLEEVES! AND HAIR!).

Therapeutic Ramblings said...

Nice entry. It inspired a recent blog:
Photography & New Orleans

Alone on the Isle said...

If we were to combine our ability to effortlessly destroy all things electronic, we could bring the world to a grinding halt...