Live. A live show vs TV, for example. Reading or writing a story. Live music – whether you’re playing or tapping your feet while the musicians make the music happen.
Energy. You like the show; don’t; like parts of it, but… Same with the story, same with music. Live energy.
Not that I’ll stop using the camera, but I seem to spend more time soaking in views, scenes, incidents through my unaided eyes and ears. The way I did for most of my life. Then, taking the bits and pieces that stick around; finding the right words to add a point, or tell the story to one of my imaginary friends – always the same one, in fact, although he’s evolved along with me.
Traces of this friend show up as far back as I remember. Nothing unusual, all children talk and play with animals or people they’ve conjured up from their own mind. I’m not sure adults lose the habit, whether they grow up to be artists or chartered accountants.
Change. Something you considered a part of you. Gone, or seen in someone else’s behavior. “Oh,” you say.
What comes after the “oh” of recognition. Business as usual? Discomfort? An itch for change or an even more acute need to pay close attention – to behaviors, speech patterns, habits, assumptions. All the things you take for granted in yourself and others.