Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
For over 50 years, I have had an addiction: PHOTOGRAPHY: self-taught, self-nurtured, self-administered. My addiction began in innocence, with a basic box camera, and progressed to mainstreaming with a full SLR. My emphasis was on using macro lens in nature photography: thousands of slides of flowers, insects, spider webs, butterflies, bees That was THEN.
THEN everything went “digital.” No longer could I afford the expense of processing film, nor the expense of a digital camera. My lifelong companion – my camera – was relegated to a closet shelf.
Finally, I saved the money to buy a DIGITAL camera. I was sure I was back to my addiction: adrenalin flowing – nerves alert – images vibrant – my camera and I surely would be one again.
But not so. All the buttons, bells & whistles confounded and confused me. My camera was an alien, no longer a natural extension of myself. Back to the shelf went my new camera. Back to the closet went my addiction, forever to be hidden from public view.
Then recently, I talked with a friend who shares a lifelong addiction to photography. He now uses a digital camera. I asked if he would help me with my addiction.
His simple answer was: “Forget the setting for “A” (automatic), and go back to ”M” (manual)!
“Chuck, earlier you were engaged with your subject and you knew your camera, and you knew how to respond. Now you are going with pre-set data where there is no YOU being engaged in the final product.”
WOW! What does that say about other aspects of my life? Have I given in to living on “A” – predetermined response to life…or am I willing to risk being personally involved in shifting to “M”, so as to be part of setting the culture, color, and commitment of creating a healthy photograph of life for ALL?