I came down with a cold this week, and reduced time and energy levels have kept me from doing any gel pen drawings lately. But photography is another thing that I’m excited about, so I’ll show you a picture or two until I get back to current events.
I realized a few years ago that an interest in photography runs in my family. I grew up watching all the slide shows my dad gave for company, and I remember how excited he was to get his first 35 mm camera. But since then I’ve inherited family photos taken by my grandparents and my aunts that go as far back as the 1920’s, so he wasn’t the only one!
They would have surely loved digital photography. I don’t consider myself unusually talented, but being able to take a hundred or so photos and finding one that I’m truly happy with is really fun. I love looking for new angles and focusing on things that might not otherwise get noticed. And I also love surprises, like this one.
I took this photo last March when I was taking Amtrak from Kansas City to Los Angeles. I’m pretty sure I was in northern New Mexico. I noticed the ruined building and the sign on it, and snapped the picture. I didn’t notice until I got home that I had also photographed a “real Indian” who was taking his own photo of our train! I love that kind of juxtaposition of ideas. The color of the sky was due to a dust storm that was just up ahead.
My camera is a Canon Elph 300. Small enough that I can hold it in one (small) hand. No extra lenses or anything. The “automatic” setting is great, and it does a nice job with video, too. I’d be uncomfortable with anything fancier, or larger.
I’m glad to see that more and more art shows are now accepting photography submissions in a separate category from other graphic art. I definitely think photography is an art form, but I see it more as a partnership between the photographer and the camera, and that partnership is variable depending on the type of camera and the “eye” of the photographer. I wouldn’t envy a photography judge, that’s for sure. I love looking at other people’s photos, but I love making my own more.