There is no question that we live in a changing world.
I have been thinking of the world of photography lately as an example of this. I once dreamed of being a travel photographer.
When I was in school, I looked at the brochures in the travel agency that was in the mall and was amazed that someone with a camera was paid to go to the most beautiful places in the world and photograph them. Even at 10 or 11 years-old, I had to ask why it shouldn’t be me that was being paid to take those trips.
Today, thanks to technology and social media, I think that the real-world viability of travel photography is in serious jeopardy. Everyone has a good digital camera these days. Most are point-and-shoot models, some are entry level DSLR type cameras that Canon and Nikon have made so readily affordable, and there are even a few mid-grade and pro-level cameras being toted around by average people.
Even the people that don’t have cameras, have phones.
I have spent the last 20 years carrying a big camera around, taking pictures of some of the craziest things, challenging myself to do better and better with each roll of film, and then in recent years with each memory card.
I am a very VERY long way from what I would call a “Photographer,” but I’ve put a lot of time and effort into learning the skills that I have. And in that one single moment when I saw a photo worthy of any travel brochure out there come from my phone, that any kid could have taken, I realized that our world, and the way we must think about it, has certainly changed!
Even if you get very few quality images, think of the incredible number of people running around with camera phones and digital cameras, shoot, just look at Facebook for 5 minutes and see the number of images that are being shared there. Then realize that you’re not even seeing a drop in the bucket of what’s being produced every day.
There are millions, if not billions of images being created EVERY day, and some are of spectacular travel destinations.
I hope that you enjoy stopping into BKB and seeing the world through my crazy eye, and I hope you are making some great images!
Have a great week!