This is a post I wrote in February 2009. It still makes me laugh.
Funny thing but every time I clear off the dust of my digital and take it to the streets I feel awkward. What is it about digital cameras that make them feel like a casual thingamajig, not to be taken seriously? (it’s a rhetorical question) Sometimes I feel that my Holga is a more sincere camera than my DSLR.
Maybe it’s just me. I’m the weirdo.
On Saturday the sky over Los Angeles was amazing. I had to go out and do some magic. So I grabbed my Holga but noticed it has only 4 pictures left. Hmmm.. my Polaroid was nowhere to be found and none of the 35 mm film I have in stock seemed appropriate for the occasion.
OK, then the digital it is.
I just hope I don’t meet anybody I know.
It was a nice day in Venice Beach, and I made sure to look around before revealing my camera every time I was taking pictures. But I have to say it’s not easy to hide a nice size DSLR under my shirt. And while I was taking the last images in Venice a man on a bicycle stopped by, looked at my camera and asked: “so how do you like your Nikon?” “It’s alright” I said, recognizing I was not as invisible as I wanted to be.
To make things worse he said “I have a Nikon too but mine is a film camera, Nikon N70”
“Hey that’s cool, I have the N75” I said, so happy to find a friend in this digitized world.
But he just looked at me and it was quite obvious he did not believe me at all. ‘You’re just another typical digital user’ he probably thought to himself.
Well, at least I got a few good pixels, ah I mean, pictures.