Everyone is a photographer these days. Even if the majority are only using their cell phone’s camera, which has turned the masses into paparazzi. Most touri still rely on using a stand-alone camera to document the wonders of their holidays, but digital cameras too have contributed to the growing number of amateurs photographers in the world. It has gotten to a point where you can not go out to eat at a nice restaurant without the ambiance the restaurant’s carefully planned lighting was supposed to provide being constantly shattered from camera flashes thanks to all of those who couldn’t pass up the opportunity of recording their meal for posterity.
Granted, I too take a lot of shots, the subject of which would be – and often is – incomprehensible to anyone else. My eye is attracted to colors and patterns and my camera lens follows suit. But then I shoot for myself and any photo that when viewing ten years later instantly brings back memories of time and place is a good photo to me. I just wonder if one of those Here’s What I Had For Dinner shots does the same. Or if instead it invokes a quick ‘Huh. Steak.’ response before quickly flipping to the next shot.
Not that anyone else would spend much time looking at the shot above. Though you just did. I ran across this one the other day filed on my computer in an odd folder with no explanation of where it was from. But I remembered the shot immediately. And that stirred memories of that holiday, one following after another, a progression of seemingly disjointed thought fragments that ended with an enjoyable few moments remembering a guy that I’d spent a night with during that trip.
You probably wish I’d posted his photo instead.
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