Good Pictures/Bad Camera: The Best of Year One

It’s been quite a time, wandering about town with my Canon PowerShot in tow, lo, these past 12 months. While the only camera I own may have jammed up like a cheap gun and run through AA batteries like thin juice through a straw, it also provided ample company on a dozen or more lonesome afternoons straight through last winter and back again.

What can I say about photography? Well, I suppose I could say that photography is a perfect excuse to get out of one’s own head, while simultaneously seeing the world from a whole different perspective. Over the course of the past 12 months, what I’d inevitably find was – more often than not – a running theme would present itself to me, based on the time, or season, or even some type of general vibe in the zeitgeist. The beautiful thing about seeing the world through a lens is it tends to magnify the point, breaking through reams of clutter to extract some hidden element at its core.

The best part about taking pics: I have absolutely no idea what the fuck it is I’m supposed to be doing out there, which is – of course – the most exhilarating aspect of any endeavor.

Here now, in that spirit, are 41 of the best images I’ve taken with my bad camera over the past year. I look forward to the prospect of sharper images with a slightly better camera in the weeks and months to come. That’s all for now. Over and out.

Bob Hill

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All pics taken with a metallic-blue Canon PowerShot A495 digital camera, the bottom left-hand side of which is held together with a big ole’ piece of duct tape.

(Good Pictures/Bad Camera is a regular feature on IFB.)