Brushed in a wash…

A cellphone image as the photo of the month for October? Let me explain. When a friend from Germany visited in October and I showed her around, we were blessed that a storm moved through San Diego County. It brought cooler temperatures to the desert, and we hiked West Butte Borrego Mountain and explored the famous, rough and wild slot canyon that is simply called “The Slot”. At the trailhead, I found that there was no memory card in my camera (yes, capital sin #1), and that my memory card wallet was in my other photo bag (at home – capital sin #2).

Desert photo at Calcite Mine Slot Canyon and wash, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States.
Brushed in a wash — Calcite Mine Slot Canyon and wash, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, United States.

So, I ended up leaving all the heavy photo gear in the car, and happily snapped along with my cellphone. Over the course of the next couple of days, I processed the images to my liking on the phone, mostly with Snapseed (for some of them, I added some finishing touches with Lightroom, on my desktop computer).

The whole experience and exercise reminded me to be more open again, and approach my photography with more curiosity and innocence, like I used to when I was playing (fooling) around with a digital SLR camera for the first time, late 2006/early 2007. I just captured anything that caught my eye with the camera, and took it wherever it wanted to go later in post processing, without knowing or paying attention to too many conventions and/or concepts (that I didn’t know about, anyway).

I need to repeatedly remind myself of that whenever I’m out with the big camera, but that day in the desert with the phone was a good reminder and wake-up call that as an artist, it is most important to do what I want to do, and not get influenced too much by others, or to get too serious about it, either. ;-)

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