My missing photodocumentary

I have a nice camera. It’s easy to use, takes good pictures (after a couple of repairs, sigh), and it’s very portable. So portable, in fact, that I could take it places I go, and when I’m there I could take pictures with it.

Yet my flickr account runs dry, other than the wedding and honeymoon, and the odd picture here and there where I happen to be playing with the camera anyhow. This isn’t new. Even before flickr I rarely took pictures except on vacations and similar major events. Even then I take fewer at local events than I did then.

But I can’t help but think that I’m missing out. Flickr’s community functions alone look like a lot of fun, and I enjoy looking back through the photos I do have, of Montreal and Vancouver and hurricane skies and Christmases and old offices and so on. And I have at least a passing interest in the “pretty pictures” or “art photography” side of things, or some point in between those two. On the other hand, I’ve always felt that taking (too many) pictures means you end up being so busy documenting things that you miss experiencing it.

So, two new things to try: I need to start carrying my camera with me when it’s not ridiculously cold out, and I need to use it when I have it with me. But I don’t think that’s enough, or else I probably would have figured this out a while ago. A bunch of you folks are prolific photographers — any tips or advice on getting life on “film” without becoming The Guy With The Camera?

(At the rate I’m going, I’m going to have some resolutions for 2007. Huh.)

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