Friday Photo Feature: Brooke!*
When we’re on autopilot, our surroundings appear unremarkable. Our doorsteps, our dishes, the daily view from the window, the neighbor’s bicycle, a glass of water. Enter: my little Powershot. It fits in my hand; it’s snappy; and it has a delicious macro setting (sort of like an ultra-microscopic zoom at the flick of a switch). On a whim, I can crouch down and zoom in—and suddenly I’m in a world of unfamiliar terrain. It’s like my camera is a portal to these tiny populated globes glittering with life. If Dr. Seuss’s Horton had a camera, it would be a Powershot.
Of course, trying to catch (and make unfamiliar) that tiny fleeting image is not something you can prepare for with elaborate settings and equipment. I have no use for a tripod (unless I could find one that would simply appear every time I needed it and quickly disappear afterwards), and I don’t have time to experiment with different lenses and lighting apparatuses. I use my camera like the old pros used their Leica—frame, point, and shoot. Naturally, I would love to have all of that extra gear, but honestly, I don’t think I’d use it. I like the feeling of suddenly zooming in (out of the massive yucky atmosphere of “real” life) and making that pencil/sewer manhole cover/jar of toothpicks/zipper look unrecognizable—even beautiful.
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*Note: I added the exclamation point just because I’m a dork and I’m so thrilled to feature Brooke’s work! 🙂
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