My reliance on essentially just two cameras for the last six months – my Sony Xperia phone for family shots and Panasonic Lumix FZ38 for more intentional artistic work – has meant that even though the remainder of my camera arsenal is small these days, it’s still sat gathering dust.
Which rests uneasily with me.
I don’t know, I just don’t like having stuff that I don’t use – especially if someone else could be getting use from it.
Partly too, the clutter of it bothers me.
My cameras are now contained pretty neatly within a few shelves on a slim bookcase, plus another small box, which combined wouldn’t take up much space in the smallest of rooms.
I just don’t like using up space for something I don’t need. I’d rather have the space, than the redundant stuff filling the space.
What this also does somehow is hold up a giant mirror to the western consumer junkie within me, that still buys far more (and more often) then he needs, and on many days would be happy with a total of possessions I could count on two hands.
Akin to Thoreau living at Walden Pond and seeing a man pass with his entire worldly possessions in a small bag on his back, Thoreau felt sorry for him not for how little he had in the way of physical possessions, but how much.
This is all exacerbated by my main outlet for superfluous possessions – charity shops – being unavailable still, with only essential retail currently open to the public here in the ongoing lockdown.
So we have bags of stuff gradually building in corners of rooms, reflecting and amplifying our consumerism, rather than it being hurriedly ushered out of our door and through someone else’s, to conveniently sidestep the underlying issue.
I’m probably overthinking all of this.
How about you? Have you used a wider, or narrower range of cameras in the last year? Do you have gear gathering dust that you’re keen to move on to a new owner who’ll use it more?
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