The Journey Into Art: The Camera And The Subject

December 7, 2019

A finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know the real moon.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

I love this saying by Thich Nhat Hanh. I use it often and think about it regularly.

It boils down the basics of photography (and life for that matter). The finger is the camera. The moon is what is captured and presented.

If you are more interested in your camera, then the finger is more important. If you are more interested in the moon, then what you capture is more important than your camera.

Rarely will a viewer of your work care about your f-stop or make and model of your camera. Other photographers may. But they are commonly not artists.

There is a place for reveling in hardware. But do not mistake it for art.

Never mistake a camera for art, because in the end no one cares what camera you used. They will though care about your art and what you are trying to say with your images.

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