Take 52 Week #36: Old Fashioned
This week is a week of photographic ironies.
Yesterday we were driving home from running errands and passed a local “show and shine”. The crowds had dissipated, most participants were driving away in their classic automobiles and the organizers were picking up neon cones to restore traffic. And I was the fool on the ground desperately trying to get just the right shot.
Where the irony comes in, is the only camera I had with me was my hour-old iPhone. So the adage “The best camera is the one you have with you” struck me head on (sorry for the pun). Again.
There I was, awkwardly hunched beside a 1939 Chevrolet Master Deluxe, with a fresh-from-the-box, state-of-the-art 2013 iPhone 5. I desperately missed the depth of field, artistic possibility and ease of use of my trusty Canon. I know it’s bulky and more cumbersome, but I’ve come to know that camera like the back of my hand. And that familiarity with picture-taking was one purpose in joining the photo challenge in the first place.
I like the vintage white walls caught in the left-hand corner of this photo. I like the reflection of the “Used Cars” flag from the lot behind me- another irony given how very “used” this restored beauty is.
In the interest of full disclosure, I used my real camera for some photographs of my sweet Grandma Lydia’s well-loved dictionary today. I would have enjoyed waxing poetic about her life and her love of statistics and learning as evidenced in that book. It was worn and tattered, held together with decades-old masking tape. And inside she had hand-written nuggets of trivia including the dictionary definition of and synonyms for “anus”. And I’m trying not to think too hard about why that information was so important that she defaced this treasured book with that particular minutiae. Knowing her, it was to make whoever else opened the book, laugh in disbelief. Laughter was her signature.
But the photos I took of her beautiful book were sentimental, but just not as artistically pleasing to me. And it pains me to admit that, since I encourage people serious about photos to ditch to their iPhones and splurge for a DSLR.
So this photo challenge continues to do just that.
To see all of my photos in this year-long challenge, click here.