This is my one of my camera’s, my “main” camera so to speak. I have placed this camera on a undeserved pedestal. A pedestal tall enough to keep it from harm and as it turns out…keep it from use as well.

It should have never been placed on a pedestal at all.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on how I sometimes assign a level of preciousness to an undeserving object, and by doing so, I hurt my creative side in the process.

I bought this camera back in 2017 (or was it 2016) ahh, it really doesn’t matter. This was my first and still my only DSLR. I had been bit by the photography bug and I wanted to move beyond a point & shoot and into the realm of a “real” camera. I wanted to have the ability to manually control the camera’s settings so I could unleash my creative whatever? Anyway, I played it safe and purchased an entry level DSLR. It came with 2 kit lenses, a 18-55mm , and a 75-300mm. After a while I bought a 24mm, 2.8 prime. The prime lens was a higher quality than the kit lens that came with the camera.

But, I made one big mistake

Since I viewed the camera as a precious object, then I had to really take care of it, to the point of not bringing it with me unless the conditions where just right. There had to be an extremely low risk of bad weather or likelihood of damage. I just couldn’t risk seeing this thing placed in peril.

So, I left it at home. Shots were missed, trips and experiences went undocumented, and so did creative opportunities.

I have decided enough is enough!

A camera on a shelf or stowed away in bag is useless. I have decided to take it down and use it, like a tool, it should get messy and worn. It should have a few battle scars just to show where it’s been and what it’s seen. I look at it now and there’s literally no wear. The edges of the camera body are perfect, no scratches at all. Even the thumb grip on the back of the camera is in pristine condition, shiny worn spot?…completely absent.

This is similar to what many artist experience when they buy a new sketchbook. I’m guilty of making those too precious as well. Luckily I have moved pass that. The first sheet of blank paper staring me in the face, Hah! I’ll just start making marks, after-all, it’s just paper. My camera, is a tool, a bridge to things unseen. Bring on the scratches, the wear, the years. When this one no longer suits my needs it will be replaced, just that simple.

Surly, I’m not the only person who’s guilt of doing this. I would love to hear of the times you guys have done this as well. I invite you to comment on this subject and share your experiences with me. Thanks and have a great day, we’ll talk again soon. – MDL

10 thoughts on “ Too Precious? ”

  1. Hi Michael. Interesting post. I didn’t have the exact same experience as with anything new I just wanted to pick it up and try it but I think it also relates to the paralysis of analysis when we get stuck or have a creative block and over analyse or over think. We’re too afraid that it won’t be good and we’ll fail. Sure, it happens sometimes but it’s important to remember that we also learn by failing. Cheers

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  2. I wear my camera like a necklace…my first FujiX100 I dropped in Japan so I bought a new FujiX100s…it has over a half a million shots on it and I dropped it 2X and she still works and now I bought my 3rd FujiX100V…and it’s all practice for me as an imagemaker…have fun it’s a tool…make more art Michael have a creative day ~ smiles Hedy ☺️☀️

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    1. Thank you, Hedy. I appreciate your encouragement. A tool is correct, and I need to remember that. I’m working on it, and I have taken my camera out more since posting. I’m striving towards finding a way to fit more art into my daily life, whether it’s created using a camera or a drawing instrument, it really doesn’t matter. It’s the process of creating that I enjoy. Have a great day.

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  3. I started with a not so expensive camera and took a lot of photos with it. However, my passion for bird photography forced me to update twice to more capable cameras and lenses, and finally a financial wall stopped me cold. Few regrets though.

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  4. I once heard a bow maker (bows for string instruments) comment that after years of collecting exotic wood, with the intention of saving it until he felt that he was good enough to do it justice, he realized that he had more wood saved than he’d ever use in his lifetime, and he better start using it! Knowing that doesn’t necessarily make it easier to let go of the preciousness, but its a good story to keep telling myself! My phone is easy to always have in my pocket, but I’m not learning any more about my Fuji 😀

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