The past belongs in the past for a reason.

To me, there’s nothing more awkward than seeing a bunch of old political bulls gathered for a group photo. Or the reunion of a band or a team that has exhausted their limelight.

A blogger I follow is neck-deep into an experiment of returning to film photography. That’s his prerogative, but I’ll pass on any gifts of adversity.

When I got my first digital camera in 2002 I assumed that I’d gradually ease into the medium. The new way was so good that after my first gig, I boxed up all the film gear and never shot another analog frame.

Fast forward to 2020 and no matter how hard I try, I still stumble on reminders of a “digital past.” These two cameras were at one time my main capture tools.

They’re both long gone, sold to other photographers with the proceeds offsetting the cost of new gear.

To me, gear is not a friend or a companion. It’s just a tool with a limited life span.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.

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