Farewell 2015

December 31, 2015

BW photograph of a faded wall advertisement in Havre de Grace

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

2015 has come to a close.  As it is ending, global temperatures are up and the price of a barrel of crude oil is down.  There are an awful lot of other bits of information to be considered, however, those will be left to the various lists being compiled about the year.

Photography is certainly not without such lists.  Many magazines and blogs are hosting their “best of” gear choices, which provides impetus for what is referred to as “gear acquisition syndrome”.  The idea that a new camera or lens will demonstrably improve one’s imagery is one that manufacturers count on to drive sales, which is important for them as sales of photographic gear are generally down across the industry.

The connection between photographic sales, global temperatures, and crude oil?  Consumerism.

BW photograph of a felt Christmas tree ornament lying on the ground

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

The hours of Christmas Day 2015 were not even over when emails advertising “buy what you really wanted” were being sent.   It is worth pondering the various interpretations to be made about such a message.  I have done my part to fund various companies in the past year(s) and, if I am truly honest with myself (and checkbook), very few of the purchases have made much of a difference in what I do as a photographer.  The types of photographs that have appeared in these posts over the years do not require a great deal of complexity or state-of-the-art technological wizardry.  (It is acknowledged that may not be true for other photographers or other genres of photography.) I have (and have had) what I need.  In any endeavour, if the equipment on hand is sufficient for the purpose, then buying more most likely means the purchase is meant to fulfill some other needs.  It is important to figure that out.  After all, the cameras, lenses, and such are just tools to be used to an end, not the end themselves.

The images and their stories are what count.

Thanks to all who have read these posts over the years-it is greatly appreciated.

This is the last post for 2015. I would like to wish you a Happy New Year and to please be well.

 

 

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