Sunday, January 17, 2010

Amazed And Privileged

Often, I'm amazed, if not dumbfounded, by the constant exchange of money, products and services involved in this little thing called photography. The maddening escalation that occurred in the scramble from 3 to 6, 6 to 10, 10 to 12, 12 to 20+ megapixels; the ongoing demand for superior printers, papers, inks and all the never ending array of computer hardware and software. The exploding profusion of highly specialized DSLR's, micro 4/3rd's, and point and shoots of every size and function for every conceivable assignment and occasion.

At times like this, when so many have died and continue to die by the thousands in the streets of Haiti from broken limbs, infections and bare lack of necessities that could be quickly treated anywhere else- it gives us all time to pause, take stock, and remind ourselves just how incredibly fortunate, and perhaps, self absorbed we truly are. Bad as things have been of late, and it has been just that for many of us, most of us don't even rate on their misery scale- not even close. Yes, time to take stock... And for me to stop preaching.


beatriz said...

i always appreciate that you have "a finger on the pulse" of reality. art, art world, art market, art supplies are a luxury that would not be understandable in other cultural paradigms....for instance, within the daily reality of the desperate people in my neighborhood. Would i sell a camera to buy food for a neighbor? well, yes; and i would buy a pencil in order to write and draw.

Stan B. said...

Beatriz- It's the only finger one has when you're on the outside looking in.

And good on you (my cameras would only rate a few pencils themselves).

beatriz said...

same here. but a pencil gets a lot of mileage. :))