See the Real Indians

IMG_6444I 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.



11 responses to “See the Real Indians

  1. I’d rather enjoy other people’s pictures because I can’t snap a picture without cutting heads off. 🙂
    Fabulous photo. Great memory.

  2. There’s something very appealing about your shot, I like it a lot.

    • I think the color of the sky makes it more appealing than it would have been with a clear sky. It sort of matches the buildings and ground, which makes sense because that’s where all the dust was coming from!

  3. I love that photo! I’m glad photography is becoming a more accepted art medium as well! I’m sorry you got a cold, though. Feel better!!

    • Thanks, Mary! I think photography has always been accepted as an art medium, it’s just when judges are choosing works for exhibits and mix photography with everything else that I get upset. I don’t want a mandala drawing judged in the same way as a photograph! I suspect other artists feel the same way about it.

  4. I always enjoy your photos. Lately, I enjoy them more than mine, but that’s because I haven’t been taking any. SPANK!

  5. I’m with you, my friend–the camera ‘equipment’ is a means to an end for me and anything too sophisticated just interferes in the relationship between my subjects and me. The fun is in finding out what form the relationship will take each time. Your serendipitous find here is marvelous and quite compelling! Delightful.

  6. Real Indians – I love it, the dust cloud lets you know you are ‘out west’

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