Anyone who’s been photographing regularly for a while will I’m sure have noticed how we become able to see potential photographs far more easily.
In fact it can become almost impossible to switch off one’s “photographer’s eyes”.
On a walk even without camera, I still see possible compositions around me as I ramble through the countryside.
Whether I then capture these compositions or not, is a choice.
I went through a phase where I felt I had to always have a camera with me.
When I was shooting film, I felt that I had to always shoot a couple of rolls of film each photowalk, just to justify the venture, perhaps even to prove that I had seen, and captured, and made worthwhile images.
It became more of a burden at times, and I didn’t feel able to just wander through fields and woodland purely for the pleasure of it. Even though I enjoyed using the camera(s), I was too focused on the end goal of the photographs I’d made.
My views are now somewhat more relaxed.
I don’t feel this (self created) pressure any longer.
I think you could argue that one of the greatest benefits of using cameras for a sustained period is this enhancement of our previous, more limited, vision.
The way they draw our attention to our surroundings more, immerse us deeper in the world around us, encourage us to value and appreciate what’s there all the more.
Even if I never used a camera again, I know I would be forever changed in how I see the world around me, for the better, because of the experiences I’ve already gained.
And that’s unrelated to whether I wish to capture a scene in front of me with a camera in this particular moment, or not.
How do you feel using a camera has changed the way you see the world around you?
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