It’s weird how we photographing folks are addicted to surrounding ourselves with gear..cameras...lenses...bags and all other kind of associated toys.
It’s when we wake up...before we go to bed...while we are out for a walk...
We always have to have a camera around.
Have you ever been so in thought that you were not really watching the TV but clicking away with your beloved film camera with no film in it? Or even just caressing the body of your new purchase, be it an old ‘clicker’ or a new modern digital ‘beast’?
Believe me...I have been caught by my better half and been told to stop it because otherwise she would have wrapped it around my neck and then chained me to the radiator in the basement!!
I know it is embarrassing...
Photographers are of a certain kind. We don’t take snap shots but images and we don’t make pictures but create…long lasting memories!
See where I am going with this?
Even though I do shoot a lot of rubbish...I NEVER leave the house without some kind of camera. By that I do not mean to refer to that dinky little lens in my smartphone. I always have a decent camera with me. Nikon, Leica, Rollei or even Sony. I cannot ‘not’ be prepared to record.
I even take a camera to work in my trusty old Billingham Bag, just in case I might need it on my way to or from the office. I want to be prepared in case there might be an opportunity to shoot the sunrise, misty mornings or exciting stormy weather.
Photographers are not just snappers. We need to be ready for something special. These moments do not come often and are not predictable. So we have to be ready.
Photographic creators usually also do not often care about what others may think...they (we) just HAVE to do it!
I admit...its a sickness, an addiction, but boy is it better than being dependant on drugs or alcohol!
Or is it just me? Am I the weird one?