Falkirk Wheel, Panoramic view.

Falkirk Wheel, Panoramic view.
Image by Cameron Lyall, GNU license Wikimedia

21 July 2011

My Camera and Scottish Identity

I did not bring any pens, pencils or paper products on this trip.

When looking at my photos on Facebook, I noticed that my camera (which is a Nikon D3100 affectionately named Sarah) made it in to over half of my tagged photos. Out of all my educational tools, even including my laptop, Sarah is the most important to me. Of course, this importance stems from a deep-rooted emotional attachment, but it also has much to do with how I documented my destinations.

Though I did write while on this trip, I spent much more time photographing, shooting and editing video. Knowing myself like I do, I realized that I would have a much easier time remembering Dundee if I literally looked at it again and again. My memory is generally terrible, but I hope that through the photos I have taken and the footage I shot over these past two months, I will be able to recall all the laughs and learning experiences I had. Maybe they will help trigger others' memories too. After all, I am sharing much of my media online.

My mom specifically gave me Sarah so I could document Scotland. I have always had an interest in the visual arts, and since coming to college and having much less free time to paint and draw, I took up photography. Though I recognize that professional photography takes much thought, time and practice, my photography is nowhere near professional. I just take photos on the fly and catalogue them to remember what I experience. When the time arises, I do practice the technical aspects of lighting, camera operations and composition, but I digress.

Since arriving in the U.K., I have taken 2,296 photos that have met my standard of being "keepable." The other 6,000 photos are still being stored on my computer, just in case I want to review them. (Talk about a postindustrial way of keeping records, right?)

Over these past two months, I became the unofficial class photographer and began carrying my camera bag as a purse, and I would have my record keeping habits no other way. Besides, I'm fairly certain that nearly all of our media will be visual in the future, so I might as well start practicing its capture now.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite photos from the trip. I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them. I'll see you all Stateside!


salvo said...

These really are amazing. Any context for the lone kilted Scot, the green green grass, and the blue blue sky?

Bridget said...

That was our tour guide for the Highland trip. At one of our stops, he was just staring off in to the distance and I photographed him.