Chris Court [chriscourt]
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Having been a dilettante film photographer for many years, in mid-2006 I found myself packing bags for an epic Pacific crossing aboard a 46' sloop, and so went out and bought myself a Nikon D200 camera with kit lens to record some of the amazing sights I would no doubt encounter along the way.
In the years that have passed since that life-changing passage across the ocean I've learned a lot about photography. I've updated my camera body several times. I've bought fast lenses and lighting gear and a carbon fiber tripod. However it seems to me that the photographs I take today, while undoubtably technically superior, lack something of the magical spark of the shots I made on that voyage. It has occurred to me that further adventures to exotic locales and time spent developing my personal vision may produce more consequential advancement than a Pelican case of fancy camera gear and a head full of technical information.
Regardless, I've found myself inexorably drawn into the pastime and discovered the immense satisfaction that photography can bring. Far more than merely recording images, it forces me to look at my world with a more critical eye, seeking details and subtleties of lighting and expression that may have passed, unnoticed before. Anything that forces me to slow down and appreciate my surroundings is a good thing in my book.