today's prompt from susannah's december reflections had me wander back a bit in memory. today is day 15: your favorite camera. my favorite camera will always be my dad's beat up old Minolta because that's what he used and what he showed me how to shoot with. i don't remember him ever explaining a thing about aperture or exposure, instead it was walking around and him asking me about what i saw that interested me - what about this, how could i capture it? it's exactly how i approach photography today all these years later - shooting from my heart.
i had a beloved video professor in college who taught in a similar fashion. his approach was from a zen perspective and he made us hold the camera at waist level, moving slowly to capture video. i thought this was fantastic, it striped away the assumptions and rules and forced you to 'see' from an emotional level. to me, it felt like moving poetry. it felt like art.
and while the technology evolves in such a manner that ability to see with your heart can become lost in an invisible desire to snap a moment - to capture the essence of what moved you - will always remain. and i so love that.