Waiting Sight

By: Gustav Hoiland

Jun 09 2014

Category: architecture

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Focal Length:24mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Glass & Sky

Minutes to spare. An enticing bench as an option. A hotel bathroom across the street with ample time. But also a camera within reach, tempting for a tinkering. A good bit of play. Of looking then seeing then experimenting with the tool.

I used to call the camera a beautiful machine, mostly in passing to deflect inquiries about its exact make and model. This thing? Yes, it performs triumphantly. I read an account about the difference between tool and machine. The tool is used by the human in a skillful way to create or transform. The machine does all the work the human used to, and the human must now only occasionally maintain the machine.

The cameras on top of Google Street View cars are machines. The handheld device is not. And hopefully won’t be for a long, long while.

Craftsman, not operator, perhaps.

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