No matter how old we are, we have all had a change of life. If you are reading this column on a computer you can:
b. Read English.
c. Operate a computer.
You couldn’t do that at three days old. There’s a change of life for you. And here you are. Changed.
As far as other changes – puberty, marriage, divorce, childbirth, menopause, unemployment, retirement, etc. go, they don’t really rate all that much in the photographic world. You can press a shutter button at pretty much any time and get what the camera sees as a souvenir. How your feet feel in wet weather doesn’t really affect how the sensor operates or how the image comes out on Photoshop.
How your heart feels does have an effect on the images. If you are sad, they will be too. If you are happy, that’s what you’ll get. At present I think my mental attitude must be spotty with fingerprints…or I am due to have the sensor cleaned and the screen wiped down.
If you have run out of interest for life, you find that your pictures start to slowly grind to a halt. There are pills and therapies for this, and you needn’t necessarily start at the sales counter of the local camera shop – you might call in to your doctor and see what he or she has to say. If they try to sell you a lens, you’ll know you are in good hands…
Conversely, if you bound from your bed at daybreak seeking an explosion of life, your photos will be similarly exuberant. Your family and pets may be nervous, but they will get used to you in time. Or they’ll pack their belongings in a handkerchief and hop a freight out of town. You may want to dial back the enthusiastic shrieking at 5:30 in the morning.
I’ve come to the cheerful point of being in a position to accept jobs I fancy and refuse ones that I don’t. To look at the world through photographic lenses that are good enough – without having to be fearful that they are not the newest product on the market. My eyes are not the newest product on the market either, and so far they see fine. If they do not see as well as once they did I make up for it by understanding what I do see all the better.