Mommeeeeeee, they are making fun of me…
While on traveling with a camera, read what Neha Dara of HT says about us click-a-lots.
Me, I cannot even think of a holiday without a camera. However, while I am trigger-happy with the camera, it is seldom for the sake of saving that moment for posterity. It is just that I view my world through my camera’s view-finder and really enjoy that perspective that is unique to me at that moment. At that moment, I am not seeing the place as a traveler but as a photographer. I rarely take notes, preferring to let my photographs construct the story for me later when I want to put it down.
My problem with seeing through a camera is slightly different. Sometimes I return to find that while I have several pleasing shots of details (the little things only my camera saw), I do not have any “big pictures” – like the time I wrote something on the Lepakshi temple and found that I had *no* wide shot of the temple structure (and an inordinately large number of photographs of the intricately carved pillars) or the natya mantapa I wrote about (whereas I had clear images of the peeling frescoes on the wall and ceiling!).
All that said, I have never felt (although my husband has, and has expressed it vociferously repeatedly) that the camera has ever taken away from enjoying the moment, but added a fresh way of seeing and experiencing it.
What do you feel about travel with and without a camera?