With a smart phone, a point and shoot, an SLR or any other camera you can take pictures; as long as you are enjoying it.
Go for it!
I have now decided to get back into the habit of carrying my camera with me everywhere. With no intention in mind other than observing more intensely the world close to me.
I believe that if one carries a camera, one is more intent in looking and Is made more aware of his or her surroundings.
For the past few weeks (or is it months?) I took no photographs. But I did purchase 2 cameras: a point a shoot easy to carry camera and a second one with a faster lens and better video quality.
I thought that by using these «new» cameras, I would make better images.
I had fallen into the false notion that if I changed gear I would change my photography.
I was in a rut, not making good images; I disliked those new cameras that cost me a few dollars.
As I was storing one of these cameras in the dry cabinet, low and behold, I saw on the top shelf the Leica M6 that had been my traveling companion for as long as I can remember and next to it was the «newer» M9.
I have now decided to get back into the habit of carrying my camera with me everywhere.
While Andan was shopping, I went into the kitchen carrying my camera. I started taking photos.
The workers eagerly posed for me.
I was having fun.
I was rediscovering the joy of taking photographs.
«Now, that is a camera. I like its weight, I love the rangefinder. The digital files are very similar to film.»
I then remembered the joy I felt when I had started to take photographs many years ago
(or is it many decades ago?).