This past weekend I was able to make the drive up to Grand Rapids to see Naomi, while up there I gave her a crash course on my camera (I suppose hers now to an extent) the D40 by Nikon. The idea behind giving Naomi a beginner DSLR like the 40 is to try and give her more options with her photo taking for the blog. While it may never be the gear that makes the photographer it can help with creating a better image than a phone ( although you can shoot some stunning photos on a camera phone). As we walked around her campus Saturday, I showed her different settings and what to do for different shots. She asked “why have you not been shooting lately?” this stopped me for a minute. At the time I gave a response along the lines of, “oh I’ve just been too busy with work” but now, on later contemplation, I realized that life can’t be an excuse for my lack of shooting. It was my fault, my inability to let life make this impression on me and for me to attempt to capture it in my vision. Now in the days following Naomi’s question I find myself looking… no I have always been looking I am seeing more over the vibrancy with which life has, the small details and the ways light plays across the landscape and features.
When leaving GR it was hard leaving my familiar little black and yellow camera bag with the “I want to drive the zamboni button” on the star there in Naomi’s apartment. I realize that although it is just gear, a 12 year old entry level DSLR, I am still attached to its familiarity. Attached to the way I knew how it would see the world and how to make its images, my images. I know in time I will grow accustomed to my new temporary camera my father was kind enough to allow me borrow (his 16 year old D70), but there will always be a soft spot in my heart for that little D40 even with all its shortcomings. It’s the artist that makes the photo, the camera is merely a tool of the trade, but it still feels like an extension of self.
Thank you for reading I hope this made sense to you. I would love to hear from any of you whom may feel the same.- Avery
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