Just something I noticed last week in Vienna....
We were sitting outside having yummy Banana Mocha Frappacino's at Starbucks just opposite my favourite Viennese fountain at Michaelerplatz. I'm learning to really observe life, to watch, to experience, and to take it all in. I love to sit and just be. To watch people, to observe the birds, to study the world as it passes by my life.
And what happens?
An elderly man walks by with a magnificent, large camera hung around his neck. He spots my favourite fountain in Vienna and without stopping he lifts his camera and shoots a photo. CLICK. Just like that. One handed. He didn't stop walking, he didn't really look at the fountain. It made me sad. Would he go home and load his photos on his pc and even know where he'd been and what he'd seen along the way? Is that what photography is? Is that what life is? How about taking time, making time, and really seeing. Open our eyes and observe life, absorb it. Then when you get back to your desk and look at your photos or your day, you will remember the experience, you will recall the sounds, the smells, the light, the breeze.
A photo is much more than a snapshot.
"The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera."