This is a picture I took of my camera right after I bought it in December 2009 (oh, I miss that flannel shirt!). I bought it because my sister has the same one and she takes nice pictures (though I think that also has something to do with technical training and natural ability) and also because it came in this great orange color which matched the goldenrodish iPod Nano I’d purchased the month before after some homeless lady stole my 2004 issue iPod at a bus station in Buenos Aires. At $125 I think this camera was the most expensive Thing I have ever purchased (plane tickets and rent aren’t Things), but that’s probably not true. I’m not great at not squandering money.
When I started taking pictures with this camera for this blog I was pretty bad. Even though I am a Pisces which obviously means I am creatively inclined (and also obviously emotionally intuitive) I was still taking pictures that were all washed out and generally lame. Then when I was on the organic farm I met a girl who had the same camera and gave me lots of valuable lessons in its use and also let me in on an unrelated, but compelling Chef’s Secret: regular salad ingredients + bottled Italian dressing + Cool Ranch Doritos. (I do not know her astrological sign.)
I took this camera with me everywhere I went everyday for the past year and a half. I got better at taking pictures. Here are some of my favorite pictures I have taken:
- An apartment building in Mumbai.
- Some Muslims in Galle Fort in Sri Lanka.
- A boy and his tin can car in the village of Sare Ngai in The Gambia.
- A man in his compound in the village of Kerewan Nyakoi in The Gambia.
- Lackamay dancing with people in the village of Kundam Manfatty in The Gambia.
Anyway, the reason I’m posting about this is because my camera has been acting up recently: saying “Lens Error”, refusing to turn on, etc. And then just now, when trying to take a picture of something I ate, it kept telling me “Lens Error, Lens Error” pretty insistently and when I finally got it to turn on the lens wouldn’t focus, so I think a year of being kicked around in the bottom of a bag, dropped in all kinds of puddles of water, and generally existing in really dusty environments has finally done it in. From here on out the visual portion of this blog will consist of pictures I drew in MS Paint. Not joking.