This is an open letter, a plea, to all of us who write about cameras and photography.
A plea to espouse less about the range of shutter speeds or shooting modes or sensor dimensions of your latest (old) photographic friend.
To spare us another paragraph containing mind numbingly over used phrases like “the top plate is relatively uncluttered”, “adjustable in third stop increments” or “27 point multi AF”.
To stop investing your time writing hundreds of words about mediocre cameras and making dozens of mediocre pictures with them, just to prove they still work.
Instead please write about why you photograph, what you love about it, why you can’t live without it, how you spend half your waking hours thinking about it, then go to sleep and dream about it.
I implore you to use and share stories of only the machines that thrill and and ignite and delight you (and why), the ones which make you feel so at one with them that they become invisible, and you become invincible.
I urge you, put aside the torpid technical text and instead imbue us with impassioned prose about the most beautiful, exhilarating photographic love(s) of your life…
Is this too much to ask?
Please let me know in the comments below.
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