The jury is in, the verdict delivered:
1. I will never be an urban photographer.
2. Also? I am moody, easily frustrated and often overwhelmed--
just a few of the things I like least about myself.
On the plus side--- I have a new camera.
Yes, thanks to the thorough research activities of Dave-- I have the upgraded model of my beloved Panasonic Lumix whose internal computer done died. The reason I didn't simply replace the computer was it is expensive and the improvements to the model in the six years since I bought it are rather impressive-- most importantly, this new one is smaller and lighter.
So-- we are tentatively getting to know one another.
You'd think that'd be a simple thing, but please reference #2 up there about how easily I frustrate-- technology is most magical in so many ways and I am nobody's luddite-- but oh dear lord do I have severe learning disabilities when it comes to operating equipment-- not sure why this is, but man-- I have issues.
Recently, there have been a few mentions of photography as a form of meditation both Susannah and Amy G have referred to it that way-- and although I am a dilettante at best-- there is no question that taking pictures is definitely something that soothes my soul. These past six weeks or so without my main squeeze have taught me that.
Other happy news is that I am settling in more and more deeply to this sweet little town. I really love it here. I love that I know how to get around. I love that I can walk to coffee shops, post office, stores, etc-- but also throw the dogs in the back and drive out to the beach or the farm in a matter of minutes.
The other thing about this town that I am really beginning to appreciate on a whole nother level is the kindness of the people. I spent some time elsewhere recently and was struck by how much I take for granted the warmth and openness I find here in Providence.
Hmm, am thinking that if I tagged these blog posts for reference-- this one would surely be labeled "mush" also cross filed under "who cares" and "eyes bleeding with boredom."