I recently picked up a camera as some of you may have seen from my social network posts. I have some thoughts about this which I wanted to share. I picked up this camera for most likely some uncommon reasons. I am not a good photographer. I love taking pics but I am far from good. I had a Fuji x100 which I loved initially but used very little towards the tail-end of its time with me. My sister inherited that one. (I hope she finally starts posting some pics!)
So why another camera and at that, one of the most expensive ones in its class? Well, if it weren't expensive, I wouldn't be as inclined to use it. Call me crazy but this is how my mind often ticks. I have to get my money's worth and will therefore always have it with me and use it. More importantly though I realized I was walking around staring into my phone. This had to stop. I am so often in beautiful surroundings lost in my phone. With the camera, I am constantly looking for light and am forced to keep my head up. Finally, I am forced to learn...how to use the camera, how to compose pics, how to process these pics and so forth.
I do this all for me. I am happy when people enjoy my pics but they are for me...to remain engaged, to continue learning, to be reminded to look around as well as see what is happening around me and so forth. There's also a digital trail of where I have been and what I have done. I like the idea of looking back in ten or twenty years and reliving a moment via a pic....yet not only because of the pic but because I was engaged when taking that pic. This is all missed in-between things when just heads-down in email, Twitter or whatnot.
And yes I know my iPhone has a great camera. I don't want the distraction of included apps and I do have to say the Leica photos are still so much better in quality. Unexpectedly, in the short time I've had the camera, I've also been pleasantly surprised by the amount of conversations I have had about it. From meeting folks who recognize the brand to the random waiter or commuter next to me saying "that's a cool camera!" A conversation almost always ensues. It's been a long time since my iPhone led to that.