|Mapua wharf, February 2011|
Back when I was a teenager, a much older and wiser friend once told me "I take photographs because I can't paint." I have remembered that statement of his for all these years, even though he is no longer with us. . . I take photos for a variety of reasons, but yes, one of them is because I can't paint!
Even in the days of black and white or coloured film and large clunky cameras, photography was a relatively quick and easy way of preserving a memory or framing a scene, or zooming in to focus on one small detail. But so many shots were missed due to fretting about the cost of the film, or the price of getting it developed and the disappointment when only 3 or 4 out of the film of 24 photos were actually worth keeping!
I still remember my excitement at getting my first ever camera, for my 9th birthday. It was a Kodak Instamatic, it took big film cartridges, and used "flashbulbs" with 4 flashes each.
|Me as a Brownie in Wales, aged 9 in 1980 (Photographer: L Waude)|
Since then there has been the cellphone camera revolution. No longer do most cellphones produce tiny grainy prints - the latest iPhone 4S has an integral 8 Mega-pixel camera, which takes better quality photos than many older cameras! As of January 2012, the Apple iPhone is now officially the world's most popular camera. As the following article reminds us, "The best camera is the one you have with you."
So, I use photography to capture a beautiful scene, because I don't have the skill to paint it. . .
|Waimea estuary, 2012|
to record various cooking and creative exploits
|Sushi by Sonny Jim and friend, 2011|
|Modern Quilt Wrap|
|Sonny Jim and me, 2001 (Photographer: D Rosie)|
|After our Civil Union, 2008 (Photographer: K D'Souza)|
to record the not-so-great moments,
to chronicle daring adventures. . .
|Sonny Jim with fractured tibial plateau, 22nd January 2011|
|Sonny Jim at Adrenalin Forest, Christchurch, early January 2011.|
and to snap "funnies" wherever I see them :)
And now, I am using photography for my latest project - a "photo-a-day" blog running from 29th January 2012 to 28th January 2013. You can find it here. The only rules I have set myself are that I have to take the photos myself, and that they must be taken on the date specified. My aim is to challenge myself to think more creatively and try to improve my photography skills. But I can't promise that the quality of the photos will always be high. . . especially given that more often than not, I have my cellphone with me rather than my digital SLR, and as we all know: "The best camera is the one you have with you!" But it will be a literal snapshot of a year in my life, and as such I hope it will occasionally be interesting, in amongst all the mundane stuff ;-)
|Auckland, April 2011|
|Christchurch, January 2011|