Digital technology delivers both joy and frustration. The frustration comes from the built in obsolescence which results in your computer, phone or tablet becoming useless well before you feel that you have extracted full value for money. The joy comes from the ability to create things that were unimaginable not that long ago, especially photography.
The digital camera has given us the ability to capture multiple images of the same subject and discard all but the best, usually while you are still on location. When we were limited to film, this approach was impractical and shooting in hope was prohibitively expensive.
My collection of images reflects this transition. Pre 2005 (when I acquired my first digital camera) the rather paltry collection of photos are stored in a few albums and shoe boxes and the quality is steadily deteriorating. I have digitalised the ones where the quality was still ok. Post 2005 the 27,000 images that I have snapped are accessible by year, location and, where I have bothered, by album. I can even create hard copy albums to display on the coffee table.
That collection also shows how my skills have changed over the years. In the early years it was pretty much ‘point and shoot’ whereas in later years I have experimented with manual settings and now largely shoot using those.
The purchase of that first digital camera (a Fujifilm Finepix) also coincided with our decision to take a more adventurous course for the remainder of our lives and this series of posts is a reflection of both that digital and personal journey.