I have recently started a new job in which I’m lucky enough to work outside 80% of the time. I work in the woods in one of the most beautiful areas of Sussex, surrounded by greenery and the sounds of bird call.
Whilst working here I come into contact regularly with people who like to stop for a chat and find out what it is that I’m doing, or to find out maybe what my background has been in order to get said job.
Whilst having worked damn hard to get to the stage that I am at, I always feel a pang of guilt when I say to people that I did a degree at Falmouth Uni, and the obvious next question I always get is what was that was degree in. Most expect you to say some sort of science based degree, maybe ecology or biology but people always seem amazed when I say I studied photography for three years.
This then leads the conversation onto, ‘oh so you must take your camera into work then?’ type questions. They are then even more amazed when I say that I don’t really no. In fact I haven’t done at all yet. Then we have the chat about how ‘it’s such a beautiful place to work surely?’ To which I always say yes, because it is. Then we tend to part ways and go about our lives once more and this guilt continues inside me. Why don’t I take my camera into work to photograph the incredible landscape which I see everyday?
Then I stop and think to myself and I realise every time that I do in fact take photos, really quite a lot in fact but it’s always with my phone. I never have the need to take my camera into work because I always have, in my pocket, this little device that nowadays takes photos that for me are of a good enough quality to satisfy me.
When I look through my collection of photos on my phone I see such a fantastic collection of memories, as I’m sure most of you do too. I just feel like now it has become too easy to take your phone with you instead of a DSLR. Now purists will argue that nothing will ever beat the quality of a shot from a Nikon or Canon DSLR and they would probably be right; but in terms of ease and speed then the mobile phone wins hands down. My phone will even record a seconds worth of video along with each photo which in itself is a lovely feature I think. Not only having that little snapshot moment in a still but also seeing the possible change just after the shot has been taken.
I’ll include a few shots that I have take with my phone over the last year or so from my general rambling around in the Sussex countryside.
I wonder now if the big guns will turn their attention to rivalling the phone companies for size and speed of shooting. Who knows, maybe this time next year there might be a canon that is slim and fits in a pocket just as a phone does but then takes DSLR quality crisp clean photos. That’s something I would consider investing in. Watch this space people, I’m going to go speak to the people at Dragons Den.