Black and white


Milky lace
Originally uploaded by wardi.
NM made an interesting point in the comments on this post, and I totally agree with it.

I also feel that I notice more now that I can take pictures of things. And see things differently. There are things I would previously not have thought of capturing, things that I see every day and might not have given a second thought.

But now I do. There can be interesting images to be found in the mechanics of my sewing machine, a piece of broken glass, kitchen roll, a lamp.

And I can capture it all; in many instances my gut reaction is "OH! I can take a picture of this!". And I do, and I rarely go anywhere without my camera. Like last weekend when we were about to leave to go grocery shopping and I put my camera in my bag and T said "but we're just going shopping, what are you going to take pictures of at Sainsbury's?"

And that's the thing, I don't know. I never know when something may come along that I'd want to take pictures of.

But I'm getting away from the point I wanted to make in response to NM's comment. (Being sidetracked by a phone call with my mum doesn't help either! ;-) )

Anyway.

So I am more aware of the world around me, the little things in particular, but I do feel that the camera sometimes is between me and the situation I am in. It is like taking pictures for the sake of it becomes the main thing and the experience itself comes second.

Not always, but sometimes. Like on the occasion with the goose. A picture can't convey experiences. It can, to some degree, convey emotions. But it can't give me the sense of being in a moment or interacting with something or someone.

Like in this photo. Milk bubbling in a saucepan. The bubbles looked like beautiful, fragile lace and I rushed to get my camera and took a couple of photos. But what the photos can't reproduce are the subtle changes in the bubbles.

I think taking pictures brings me closer to things in some ways, but distances me in others. Sometimes at the same time.

Saturday, December 16, 2006 scribbled by Wardi
6:34 PM