Camera phones change how we interact with the world, Steven Barrie-Anthony writes in the LA Times.
This is something I've thought about a lot, though I don't have a camera phone -- and can't imagine having one unless they improve a lot because I am too much of a snob about image quality.
For years I didn't choose to use a camera, except rarely. I wanted to be sure that I lived my experiences fully rather than turning them into pictures.
I've always known how to capture photos that would enable me to tell a story. When we worked in South Africa for anti-apartheid newspapers, knowing that we'd have to try to explain back home, I snapped images with a slide show in mind. I came away with a usable story.
My first digital camera changed my relation to the world. Because I did not have to develop a lot of bad pictures in order to find a few good ones, photography became my art form, a delight in its own right. A better camera has made me a photographing fanatic.
At this time, I'm not interested in video -- I don't know how to tell stories in that medium. I'm not sure I want to. Maybe soon that reluctance will seem dated -- a little like Frost creating a poem out of a remembered experience.
This blog seems on its way to becoming as much a venue for my picture stories as for my thoughts. I'm fine with that.