When To Take Pictures?

I ran into a problem in my first week away. I was setting out on a journey, with many exciting things ahead and making a lifestyle out of it. Usually when I go on a trip, I assume my touristic role and take lots of pictures. But this “trip” is to last much longer than the usual week or two I usually go on. I think I spent more time that week thinking about my relationship with my camera than I did considering what was actually worth taking a picture of. For me, it’s not so much about preserving an image that I can muse over again in the future. It’s more about training my eyes to see the world as a picture-worthy place. Keeping a camera in hand helps me see the beauty of my surroundings. At the same time, it takes up mental space. I can only open up so many “Apps” of thought before they start running slowly or crashing.

I’m not sure how to end this because I don’t have a conclusion yet. Maybe I don’t need to have one. For now, as I adjust to being a permanent tourist type, I will take pictures of whatever catches my fancy.


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