Spent most of Father's Day in and around Saranac Lake with the wife, the son and his the wife and the grandson. Started with a short hike to a secluded water-front local hangout followed by music-featuring the daughter's paramour-at the Waterhole (local bar hangout) and then a nice dinner at the Fiddlehead Bistro. Nice day.
Re: the new snapshot work - as my infatuation with the iPhone camera module continues, I am trying to consciously identify-as I am making a picture-whether a picture is a snapshot opportunity or a "serious" picture opportunity. FYI, a snapshot opportunity = use the iPhone. A "serious" picture opportunity = use a "real" camera. This categorization challenge is confounded by the fact that an iPhone's file IQ is (in most cases) capable of producing a quality "serious" picture and a "real" camera's file can always be presented as a snapshot.
Prior to making a picture I can ask myself, "Why am I making this picture." If the answer is that I wish to "merely" document what I am seeing (the referent), it's a snapshot. If the answer is that I see something which goes beyond the literal idea-something that pricks my eye and sensibilities-of a referent, then it's a "serious" picture making event. However, here's the thing ...
I don't like to think when I am making a picture.
Picture making for me, in most cases, is an spontaneous / intuitive / reactive activity. Spontaneous because I rarely go out and about in search of a predetermined picture making opportunity. Intuitive because, seemingly due to part of my preternatural constitution, I recognize a "serious" picture making opportunity when I see one. Reactive because when I see a "serious" picture making opportunity-something which pricks my eye and sensibilities-I just do it.
Given those 3 picture making M.O.s, I don't want thinking to get in the way of / interfere with my immediate and thoughtless reaction to that which pricks my eye and senibilities.