Parallel Worlds

[two pro travel journalists turn amateur bloggers]

Life lessons from a camera bag

[words and photograph © Narina Exelby]

1/ You don’t need expensive equipment to create beautiful images.

2/ Choose your perspective carefully. It will influence the way you see the world.

3/ There is beauty in everything. If you can’t see it, move from where you stand.

4/ Everybody sees a different picture.

5/ Be patient.

6/ Be impulsive.

7/ Every photograph tells a story. You create that story, so compose it carefully.

8/ It is often the grittiest subjects – not the most beautiful – that make interesting photographs.

9/ To get a clearer picture, you might need to change your perspective.

10/ Never forget to look up.

11/ And always remember to look down.

12/ You’re often so busy trying to capture the moment, you forget to live it. Put your camera away sometimes. The memories you create will be with you forever.

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7 comments on “Life lessons from a camera bag

  1. welikethemoon
    November 19, 2012

    Last point is probably the best. What does it help having a bazillion pictures from a sunset but not the slightest memory about the situation.

    • ruthpinto
      November 20, 2012

      Exactly why I sold my camera a few months ago. As a medium, it can enhance experiences or take away from them, so it affects people differently, but I needed to give it up to witness the world again. I’m hoping to stay away for at least a year before deciding whether to invest in another one.

      • Parallel Worlds
        November 28, 2012

        Wow Ruth – a big move! Is being without a camera changing the way you see the world?

      • ruthpinto
        November 30, 2012

        Oh yes, my dependency on a camera to assist in capturing time and making memories of any experience is slowly disappearing. This has allowed for further personal engagement in travel and everyday miracles (particularly in thought. For example, I’m no longer concerned with attempts of technically capturing moments, but rather in permitting experiences to more wholesomely stimulate different understandings and meanings).

        My hope is to one day return to photography as solely a means of artistic expression (I don’t know if it is possible to separate capturing and expressing, but maybe a more pleasing balance).

  2. Jasmine Siu
    November 20, 2012

    I totally agree with the last one 🙂

  3. Love, Live and Garden
    November 23, 2012

    I love #3

  4. photosbyp
    July 5, 2013

    I love this!

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