What if we focused less on gear, and more on the moments unfolding in front of us?
We have so many tools to create with – more than ever. Yet, a lot of the time, I find myself drawn to limiting myself. I want my focus to be on what’s in front of me, not what I’m holding in front of my face between me and the real world. So, on this day in November, I brought nothing but my phone in my pocket, a backpack full of snacks and reading material, and embraced the simplicity of photographing my perspective, not with the best quality tool, or the sharpest lens, but with the same device that I text friends and listen to music on.
I shot this series on an app called Thirty Six. Of course upon reading the description, I downloaded the film-emulating app that only allows you to see the images you’ve taken once the count reaches 36, just like getting a roll of film developed. So I had to make the decision first, to limit myself to either black and white or color, and then I had the limitation of not seeing any images as I was taking them. Why would I do this when I could just take normal iPhone photos that I can instantly see in my camera roll?
Because it made everything simpler.
I’d take a photo of what I found interesting or beautiful, or of a moment I wanted to remember, and then I’d forget about it. And repeat. I had no choice in lens, settings, camera body, colors, etc. Really, almost no decisions to make, other than what moment I wanted to record next, leaving all the focus where it should be: on the beauty I was discovering, over and over.