Thursday, January 03, 2008

I hate photography.

I hate photography. And here are some random thoughts on the subject, random because try as I may I cannot put them across in a coherent way.

1. I am your muse.

From being extremely camera shy to being obsessed with my own photographs, I have made an incredible progress. There are more pictures of me taken last year alone than whole of my adult life put together. Heh, the cafeteria people at work even used my picture as a backdrop in their mails to promote a 'biryani' festival. Without my consent that is. Twice. If they use it again I will sue them (or ask for royalty) But yeah the narcism is all thanks to digital cameras, gone are the days when an entire event had to be captured in 32 pics. I now insist on taking 32 pics of one pose, at least one is bound to be good.(Good = human, not zombie like). But I still hate photography. How else can you explain the 31 bad pictures? (Bad = zombie like, zombie from another planet that is)

2. Shutterbug = blabbermouth?

Yes I know you take pride in knowing every minute detail about the camera, every single part it is made of down to the very tiny screw that holds the I don't know what......but keep the gyan to yourself. I am happy being ignorant and I'll keep it simple. How hard is to press one button really? In my opinion, too much technicality ruins the joy. Besides all that talk about filters, exposure, light mumbo jumbo only gives me a headache. It should be impulsive. You see something nice, you click. You want to capture a moment you click. Like the time I saw these two tiny pups tugging on its mom's tail. Or like when I saw that board that said 'Don't stick any bills. Stickers will be prosecuted'. Those make good pictures, not your knowledge of how the camera came into existence.

3. There's a camera in the way.

Do you sometimes get the feeling that when you are having loads of fun, taking pictures actually comes in the way? And many a times, you get so preoccupied with taking pictures that you stop having fun and fuss about the snaps. I'd rather enjoy the moment than worry about it not being 'picture perfect'. You know all those photos that people put up on orkut or facebook? They aren’t really having fun. They only want you to believe they are.

4. My friend, the camera.

The only times I have enjoyed taking pictures is when I am all on my own. Holding a camera is the perfect excuse to not look awkward or loserish. Traveling alone, the camera makes a perfect companion. Otherwise, I am happy with my 2MP mobile phone camera, that is all that I need for impulsive photography. And your smuggled, flashy (pun intended) one of a kind state-of-the-art, high precision camera does not give me a complex. Oh, I also hate complicated equipment.

I hate photography. But I like photographs. So save me the lecture on how you took them and how you fixed them, just show me the damn pictures. They should speak for you.


Balaji said...

hehe! i guess people mature with clicks. newbies tend to click everything at the first look. pros wait for the occasion or impulses as you say. some have their own formulas. one of roommates would refuse to take pics of humans!

realistic dreamer said...

LOL@ your 32 pics for 1 pose thing! :DD
iam following it now,since the time u told me abt it. its an awesome method!

Natasha said...

"Heh, the cafeteria people at work even used my picture as a backdrop in their mails to promote a 'biryani' festival. Without my consent that is. Twice. If they use it again I will sue them (or ask for royalty)"

Incidentally your blog header is from a picture which I don't think was taken by you. Or was it? Did you ask permission?

FlyingHigh said...

natasha, I just used a free template from and it says so on the bottom left corner of my blog.

Rinchen said...

I have a 2 MP camera phone which was working fine till a virus got in somehow. Now try as I may, I just cant clear it and all my precious pics are trapped in it cause I'm too ignorant to figure out what to do next anyway.

I yearn for a digital camera but somehow dont have enough cash to buy one. I kick myself repeatedly for installing a new CD player in the car than buying a digicam.

I hate most of my own pictures. I'm almost camera-shy now because of all the unflattering pics that regularly come out. *Shudder*

Lastly, my husband is about to spend major cash buying an Aquaguard of all things!!! I've already thrown a tantrum to change the purchase to a digital camera. Lets see how it goes...

FlyingHigh said...

rinchen, An aquaguard? Thats insane...who needs pure water when u can buy something that could take pictures! :D

Virus in mobile you say? Not sure take it to the store and check...I'd be devastated if my mobile caught something like that...i have so many msgs in there!