Throughout my life I’ve had a keen interest in music, and find that I cycle back to my absolutely favourites over and over again.
Sometimes, if it’s been a while, I hear and experience the music in a slightly different way, a combination of the experiences and growth I’ve gone through since I last listened.
I also find I go off at altered tangents, other music that is similar but I’ve not explored before, enriching the whole experience further.
Mostly recently I’ve returned to Moby’s ambient work, and Bjork’s Vespertine, which somehow in combination led me to Enya, who I’ve been casually aware of as an occasional guilty pleasure since I was a kid and my uncle played me something in the late 80s (almost definitely this), and I can now appreciate more.
The same cycle of returning seems to happen with cameras.
Whilst I admit to a weakness for trying new (to me) cameras fairly regularly, there are those I’ve discovered that I keep returning to time and time again.
Again, because of what’s come to pass in my life (photography and otherwise) since I previously used them, I feel slightly different, and perhaps experiment in new ways with them.
It’s like meeting up with an old friend again, but going someplace new together.
I could say the same to an extent with films and books, but I have a stronger affinity with music.
And cameras and photography of course have been fundamental passions in my life for some 15 years now.
Projecting forward 10 or 20 years, I’m not sure my favourite cameras will still be working, so I don’t know what will happen then.
But the music should still be around, perhaps via some direct upload into our brains that means we never need an external player of any kind again.
How about you? What are the ones you always return to? Or do you move through upgrade after upgrade and never look back to what you had and used before?
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