Whenever I buy a new (used) camera, I take it everywhere. It’s my shiny new toy, of course, but I also want to see how well it actually works. It’s part of the critical imprinting period when I find out what I like and don’t like about it. Back in April and May, the Canon G1X Mark II was my take everywhere camera.
With the pandemic lockdown, I’m using my Honda Clarity less than ever, but I dutifully went to get it serviced. I run it more than 95% on electric-only mode. And, at only 13,000 miles after two years, I seriously doubt it needs an oil change, but I got one anyway.
Admittedly, these photos aren’t very exciting, just images documenting my trip to the dealer during the pandemic. I did, however, make slightly more appealing photos that I will post in the coming days. There are two points I wanted to mention, however.
First, photographs are unique in that they become more valuable over time. These simple snapshots become infinitely more interesting 10, 20, and 50+ years for now. Imagine a similar dealer photo from the 1960s or earlier. Observing the changing fashion of car design or curiosity for history drives the interest.
Second, photography is a skill. And, shooting something — anything — is necessary. During the pandemic, my usual subjects were curtailed. If making images at a car dealership keeps my photography muscles in shape, I’ll take it.
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