Working on another post about why I enjoy using telephoto lenses (say, 70mm-135mm), I came round to thinking more widely about how the lens we choose at any one time reflects – and is influenced by – what’s going on in the rest of our lives.
For me, one reason for using telephotos is they escalate and amplify those feelings of immersion I love about photography.
They allow me to fall in (love) even more deeply.
When your outlook is forced to zoom in closer, and cut more from the frame, you can’t help but feel more engaged and more focused on what remains – the subject you’ve chosen to aim your lens at.
For me, perhaps, it’s at times like these I need that grounding and immersion, if other parts of life feel out of control or particularly challenging.
So I reach for a lens that will give me that extra narrowing of vision.
Most of the time, I avoid using really wide lenses (say wider than 28mm) as I find there’s just too much to consider in the frame.
It often overloads my eyes and my brain, like there’s far more information and too many decisions to process. Which is a feeling I find very uncomfortable and stressful in life in general.
How about you? How does the lens you choose (its focal length, but perhaps any other features) reflect how you’re feeling about the rest of your life?
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