I rarely keep a camera by my side when I’m not working. Some may find this a bit odd but I think it adds to my creativity. When walking around with a camera, I end up looking for things to photograph and the images often don’t come naturally. Without a camera, I freely start framing and seeing images.
I recently made the switch from the ol’ Blackberry to a Droid with a great camera app on it, FxCamera. It has been a bit of a “visual rebirth” for me. I have the best of both worlds now; no camera hanging off my shoulder with the pressure of finding a perfect picture, but a quality micro camera that enables me to act on my creative whims and urges.
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek:
“But there is another kind of seeing that involves a letting go. When I see this way I sway transfixed and emptied. The difference between the two ways of seeing is the difference between walking with and without a camera. When I walk with a camera I walk from shot to shot, reading the light on a calibrated meter. When I walk without a camera, my own shutter opens, and the moment’s light prints on my own silver gut. When I see this second way I am above all an unscrupulous observer.”
Here are a few images I grabbed while on a job in Nashville last week.