“Are you a photographer?”
“Who isn’t?” I replied, breaking my own rule of courtesy by answering a question with a question, exposing a prevalent opinion on the contemporary world, whereby technology has made artists out of billions of people.
I would say that I know when I’m seeing beauty – few don’t – but I can see that I know how to frame things, despite little knowledge of the potential of using today’s cameras. Part of that ability might be inherent, but part, I believe, is because I come from a generation accustomed to having either 24 or 36 shots on an inconvenient and unforgiving role of film. Such a limitation made one scrutinize the object of observation differently in order not to waste resources, which even included the decision not to take a picture, learning to let go.