I am terrible with and about photographs. I’m certainly not going to call this an aversion – it’s much more a disinclination. I have no idea why, but I am simply not a person who takes photos. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen too many stacks of photo albums that fall into the, “What on earth are we going to do with all these?” category. On the other hand, I like looking at really old photos, appreciate the history of them and enjoy photographs as an art medium.
Which brings me to the shift in our household when it comes to photography. Most of my readers are already aware that Hubby has gotten deeply into photography. It started, of course, with underwater shots. Several people he works or dives with began to exchange ideas, techniques, etc. The fairly modest camera was upgraded, although for underwater, the housing is what really gets upgraded. That’s what protects the camera. Then there are accessories for mostly lighting. Then, a couple of years ago, a few local individuals who are amazing photographers (as their “hobby”) got together and established the South Florida National Parks Camera Club (SFNPCC). Yes, it’s kind of a long name, but since we are one of the few places in the country that has two National Parks virtually in our “backyard”, the landscape and wildlife opportunities are abundant. By aligning with the National Parks Association, that comes with access to places within the parks that aren’t always open to the public, periodic offers for exhibition, and the parks can use selected photographs for promotion – a win-win kind of arrangement. The time he has spent with the camera club has definitely taken him to a level I don’t think he ever really expected it to. It has been fun to see even though I don’t have much idea of what he’s talking about half the time and it has sort of complicated gift-giving. Before, it was – do you want a new tool or a piece of new dive gear? Now he has to work through three choices. In truth, the workshop is in pretty good shape, so I suspect tools will be the third priority for a while.