When I say that I live and breathe in pixels, I’m not kidding. I’ve been pondering on this recently. Why is it that I feel compelled to see the world through my lens? Why do I find it more and more difficult to leave my camera behind? I came to the conclusion that, not only photography is my life, but life is the most exciting photo assignment there is!

Please share your thoughts on this.

©Valérie Jardin

You know you’re a photography addict when you bring your camera with on a dinner date 😉
Hibachi Chef in Minneapolis ©Valérie Jardin

8 thoughts on “Pondering…

  1. I liken carrying my camera everywhere to others carrying their smart phone. So far I am nowhere near as addicted as most smart phone carriers – I can still carry out a conversation without looking through a view finder.


  2. Fewf, I was worried it was only me. 🙂 I see in pictures too. Everywhere around me I am composing, looking for the next great shot, we all are, it’s what keeps us striving to become better, and better and better…The one time I thought it was appropriate for me to leave me camera at home, my husbands work Christmas party, turns out nobody had any pictures of the party…I could have made quite the impression, and had lots of great PR had I only brought my camera!! lesson learned , never leave the house with the camera again!. I don’t have to take it out of the bag, but at least I need to have it with me, just in case 😉 Love the blog and your a great photographer.
    Cindy from Vancouver Canada


  3. Is this a disease? I think its art. And other artists live and breathe their art. Just because yours includes another piece of equipment that’s always around doesn’t make it any different. I tend to see my life in photographs even when I don’t have my camera. I think it’s my way of being in and remembering the moments!


  4. Valerie

    With the light and agile equipment you use mostly these days, there is not need to leave your camera at home. Far better to always have it handy when a picture idea or prospect pops up unexpectedly.

    What’s that compelling observation?

    “Your birth certificate says you were born,

    your death certificate says it’s all over,

    your photography says you lived.”


    Perth, Western Australia


  5. I share your disease. At least my wife understands me. Or puts up with me. She sometimes thinks one can enjoy a sunset without a camera but she allows me to bring mine with me everywhere we go. Almost.


  6. I feel the same way. Many times I have to force myself to put down the camera and enjoy the moment with friends and family. Although I enjoy capturing the moment, my family prefers I spend the moment with them. I constantly fight to balance esp during my recent trip to Europe with my family. I felt torn. Nobody wants to see my camera stuck on my face.


  7. I don’t know the answer to this question… I think it is one of those “unanswerables”.

    I do know however, that life through a lens can often times be interesting and exciting. Capturing a thin sliver of life, whether it’s your own or someone else’s, is a great feeling. I sometimes sit back and wonder just what the person in my images was thinking at the time I captured them. Fleeting moments of deep contemplation, or concentration, are always interesting to me.

    I love the image you’ve used in this post! The years of experience and the concentration in his face really show up well. The lighting provided by the flames is wonderful. Thank for sharing!


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