Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Remember when I was the only one who took photographs? I liked it better that way. There are too many photographs now. William Eggleston said that he was only interested in his photographs. Was that arrogant? I think that I know what he means, but I agree with him for a different reason. There are so many good photographers now, I get overwhelmed with envy. The best photographers are the ones who have given up everything else. They get up in the morning and go out and make pictures. Should I have done that? Sure. Of course. I should have done everything except make a living. Fear, I mean, is what prevented me from doing that. Fear is the motivating factor driving a capitalist society. I didn't have a full time job until I was in my mid-thirties. I had enough money for three weeks out of every month. And yet. . . I think I was happier. Of course, being young had a lot to do with it.
It seems new cameras come out every day. And I want them. You can buy the older version at a much reduced price, the very ones you wanted six months before, but they certainly won't do now. Where does it end? Oh, yea--desire is the driving force behind a capitalist society.
Either way, it is not very zen.
But then, look at the great zen societies of the world. They don't have the greatest cameras now, do they?