About Good Notions, Thoughts and Inspiration

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About Good Notions, Thoughts and Inspiration

Today I remembered that when I was a mid-teen of about 16 years old, I was very keen to discover new things to find inspiration. Over a certain period of time I had discovered and read some insightful, inspiring articles and books which should, when I look backwards, change the course of my life.

At that time I also heard of Steve Jobs in a Youtube Video. In this particular video he described that in his younger years he also had read some books and magazines, among them the famous ,,Science Magazine'' and the so called ,,Whole Earth Catalogue''.

He explained that in one of the articles of the Science Magazine there was an article that described the most efficient animal which covers the longest distance in the most efficient way.

According to this article that animal is the American Condor.

Further the article says, that a mere human being can never be efficient like that, but:

If he rides a bicycle, he gets even more efficient than the condor, his efficiency multiplies.

So Mr. Jobs came to the conclusion and also explained that what the bicycle is for the body, the computers are the bicycles for our mind.

This one quote made a very deep impression on me when I first heard of it.

It is simple and elegant also it has the aspect to multiply ones energy and capability with simple tools, since the human being from the very beginning of his existence on, has always been inventing and refining experience and knowledge to survive and later to overcome and exceed his physical boundaries and limitations by inventing something like the plane and achieving like landing on the moon, the computer seems to be the next step or medium through which we express ourselves and our intellectual capabilities.

At that time I also heard of the famous Apple campaign which showed many popular and leading artists and visionaries like Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi and Pablo Picasso, to name a few among them. The campaigns brilliant but simple slogan was: ,,Think different.''

I was somehow very moved by that.

To come to the topic of photography, there we need a lot of inspiration also.

I am often experiencing that friends or working colleagues of mine showing me some pictures to me that they had taken on their smartphones or cameras. Most of the time, it's their smartphones, and let's keep this a secret between us, but the photos are unfortunately mostly looking dull, because smartphone cameras as they are today in 2020, still don't reach the high quality a simple camera and lens combo does.

Nowadays if I arrive back in Vienna from a trip abroad, it happens that I am often wondering, how many advertisement banners are hanging on the walls of the airport. The most of them is about the latest smartphones. I have been in many airports around the world, but Viennas airport seems to have one of the highest amount of advertisement for smartphones.

I wonder why...

That makes me think about our culture and how we live and consume at the expense of the resources of our nature.

Recently I saw a documentary about how rare earth elements and lithium and other basic ingredients of batteries and of electronic components are mined. They are needed to built the next product cycle generation of our electronic devices, and those base materials are getting extracted or mined from mines and from million year old seas which are of course precious natural water sources in South America.

Because of this unfortunate development the people who are living mainly from agriculture, are suffering from drought, so much that they have no more enough water to water their fields and to provide their animals with enough drinking water.

It seems insane to put a new smartphone or any product on the market year after year when I am thinking of this fact. But why I am talking about all this suddenly?

I feel that in the last few years the development of products and product cycles have maybe reached a new high, because product cycles have become more and more shorter for financial profit reasons. And if we look further, there are more people living in the world than ever before, and everyone is consuming in what form ever, may it be food, or internet streaming and so on.

The airports and public transport systems are getting full of people transiting, and everything seems to reach a limit, because the mass of people cannot be handled efficiently anymore, since the public transport system were not designed to handle this amount of people.

For example I visited Paris last year, and the amount of people who were walking on the streets seem to have tripled since my last when I visited Paris when I was 16 years old. I was shocked.

Along with those challenges we are definitely going to have to meet those problems now in the present and in the future, because there is an increase of stress, anxiety and all this resulting in an increased superficiality in our way to live.

What and how we eat when we don't have time, how and what we consume when it comes to content, may it music, pictures and so on, those aspects seem to become more important than ever in our lives.

When we come to the topic of photography, I think we can see in most of the social networks, how many low quality pictures are superficially post processed and shared, and those images are flooding the internet.

The question arises in most of the people who are merely interested in photography, why they should invest in a 2000 dollar camera, if they can affordably make pictures with a 500 dollar smartphone, since there is no much difference, they say.

I mention all this because I find, that is my personal observation though, that our taste and how we live our life is degrading, ever since everything has to be faster and cheaper and life gets more expensive.

In a world like this, I find inspirational insights and good notions are both of utter importance.

But what does all this have to do with photography?

When a photographer takes a picture he has to decide how much light he has to pass through the lens to the sensor, to get the exposure right, also to achieve a distinctive quality of light which is the expression he seeks for or which is in accordance with his artistic vision.

In short photographing is a conscious decision. It is a decision to take one possibility or one frame from a vast or infinite amount of possibilities or frames from a subject.

Aspects like: Which focal length to use, which aperture and shutter speed to choose and on what you focus, are further important parameters to consider.