I like to take pictures. No, I mean it. I REALLY like to take pictures. On our hike to Crystal Falls in Vancouver, I took over 200 pictures on a 90 minute hike. I’ll let you do the math.
When I’m taking pictures, I don’t take anything for granted. I look at everything. I evaluate everything. I notice everything. And because I’m paying attention, I see so many things that I would have certainly missed otherwise. I very much try to see the world through a child’s eyes, where everything is new and interesting. Because no matter how many times you have seen something, if you look closely you will see details you never noticed before.
But here is where I’m torn.If I examine every detail, analyze it, and photograph it, am I really “experiencing” it? Would it be better if I allowed my mind to unfocus? Would it be more authentic if I simply allowed the experience wash over me? I can’t quite decide.