These days, I feel like drawing. More than drawing, really, I want to just freeze the images in my head. They're Polaroids, these images, with a thin white border and white space at the bottom to write on. Pity they don't make Polaroid film anymore. A quick and easy capture of a perfect moment. Well, now of course you have the digital experience, but you have to admit, there's something about those borders and that white space that makes so many of us edit our photos to look like Polaroids, right?
The point is, it's freezing a happy moment. It's freezing happy people on the beach, wrestling. It's freezing natural, delighted smiles. I want to see those moments around me, and I want to click them, unobserved. I want to be those moments and have someone capture them. People aren't really candid when you stand around them with a camera, they're just naturally trained to strike poses, look pretty and then complain about how horrible they look in all their photos. This is what society has trained us to be. A pose, coy smile, hand on hip. Measured emotion. Whatever happened to wild glee?
Meanwhile, two of the buttons on my Fuji S7000 have suddenly stopped working, and so I'm stuck in black and white mode. Now I love monochrome, but sometimes, I really, REALLY need the colour, plus I'm not great at getting my contrast ratios right. So I need to get this fixed, and soon. I wanted to take this shot in colour, it was a beautiful (and goddamned delicious) Chocolate cake, a rich brown with gold ribbons.
One last paper tomorrow, and then I'm gone.