This week in pictures: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

by DaniGirl on February 11, 2012 · 0 comments

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I‘ve still been taking more pictures with my iPhone than with my camera this week, partly for convenience but largely just because I am a sucker for the shiny new toy. I like the way I can go and revisit some favourite places and shots and get something a little different from them, like this shot of the Fairmont Chateau Laurier downtown. Doesn’t it look even more like a fairytale castle than usual in this hipstamatic take?

Ottawa's castle

There’s a newish meme that’s been going around, called “from where I stand” or #fromwhereistand. I noticed it recently and thought it was a kind of a fun idea, so I contributed a couple this week. The idea is that you take a picture of your feet, wherever you are standing. Sophisticated, right? Hey, it’s not always rocket science. First, one with the Nikon that I called, “Is it spring yet?”

Is it spring yet?

And this one. I like how the cat can telegraph his disdain so clearly no matter what angle I capture him from. 🙂

#fromwhereistand - cat on the register

(I like this meme. Expect to see more of these in the future!)

There will be a full blog post about this one soon, but in the week of crazy I haven’t pulled it together yet. Consider this a teaser! 🙂 Did you know Fisher-Price now makes DC Superfriends Little People? This one is Wonder Woman in her invisible jet. How awesome is this? Best! Little People! EVER!!

Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet

I’ve been thinking a lot about self-portraits lately. I follow a few women on Flickr who do an extraordinary job with them, but it’s something with which I’ve never been comfortable; I’d rather take a picture of a stranger than myself. I can’t quite silence the voice that wonders why anyone would want to see more pictures of an aging mother of three when I can show you pictures of the kids, the Mill, and the other shiny, pretty flotsam and jetsam I see. And yet I love the self-portrait work of others. I know that you should conquer that which makes you uncomfortable in order to grow, so I figure taking more compelling self-portraits is a good challenge for me in the next little while.

Given all that, I played with this set up for a while. Not exactly a self-portrait as it could be any woman, and I don’t really even like it that much, but I spent long enough putting it together and playing with the remote that I’ll include it here. I do like the quote I had in mind when I was putting it together, though: “The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ~ Dorthea Lange

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ~ Dorthea Lange

Speaking of cameras, did you hear the news yesterday that Eastman Kodak is getting out of the camera business? After 132 years, the company that made photography accessible to the masses will never make another camera. Here’s the various models of Kodak from my little vintage camera collection (and a visitor I didn’t expect, but who adds a little je ne sais quoi to the tableau.)

I heart Kodak

This is my favourite picture of the week.

Lucas's birthday cupcake

Cuteness trumps all, yes?

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