Cyprus + Israel + Egypt
This was one of the most unusual and unplanned trips that dates back to a time when we just ushered in a new millennium, and when many of us were still carrying bags of film cartridges on our holidays (all photos herein are scanned from 4R prints). I discovered a few photo albums on this trip to Cyprus, coupled with a cruise across the rough Mediterranean Sea to Jerusalem via Port Haifa and to Cairo via Port Said. It was unusual because it was on a guided tour, and was unplanned because it was picked randomly over a travel fair counter.
As I was flipping through the photo albums where some photos have already fused with the pockets, I started to realise that my approach towards photography might have evolved. It is not the style or skills I'm referring to, although they certainly would have changed. I am referring to the thoughts that went behind the eye through the viewfinder and the psyche that compelled the finger to release that shutter. These very inner psychological photography experiences have changed, just as CCDs and CMOSs have replaced silver halide since.
Digital photography has its huge benefits for sure - greater learning opportunities, lower operation costs, more efficient workflow, etc. However, we may sometimes forget the reason for clicking the shutter. We may take today's shot for granted because there will be a tomorrow to edit and correct, hopefully. We may not pause, admire, observe, walk around and soak in the subject before we lift up our camera because we now prefer to look at things through screens than in space and in flesh.
There is no award-winning quality photograph here but each and every image relives a memorable event, a place, an object, or a journey to me; one that had united with the mind and touched the heart when that shutter was released.