I was almost tempted to leave the camera at home as I walked into town today… Thinking: I’ve been walking these streets for over a year now with my camera. There is nothing new to take photographs of.
But the thing is, with the camera I see things I might otherwise just have walked past and paid no attention to, or forgotten as soon as I had passed.
Like a miniature spider web on top of the stone wall.
Like the graceful shadow of a branch on an ugly concrete wall holding up the motorway.
Like the unexpected muffin (!) left behind on a stone wall in a church yard, to the delight of some very small black ants.
Like a Limousine parked in a street (arousing the curiosity of a lot of people on the other sidewalk – I actually noticed the crowd before I noticed what they were all looking at!)
Like a lot of other people running around town with their cameras, too (I think there must have been some sort of photo contest going on because most of the people with camera – except me! - were also holding on to a piece of yellow paper).
Like a beautiful flower arrangement on the wall next to a jeweler’s shop.
And without the camera, I would probably never have bothered going up to the top of the hill in the park
… just to look down!
To finish off, here’s the main reason why I went into town in the first place:
I needed a new pair of walking shoes…