No Camera

When traveling on social occasions how many of you as photographers would decide not to take a camera with you? Not many I'd guess, but it's something I decided to do recently once intentionally, and once unintentionally.

As trips go, a wedding in New York (where I was not required to take official photos) seemed an ideal opportunity to leave the 'big' cameras behind. Concentrate on the occasion. Live a bit more in the moment I told myself.

I'm not much of a holiday snap sort of person and on similar previous trips I'd ended up using just the iPhone anyway. An easy decision.

Walking round Manhattan unencumbered was a delight initially. I love just using the iPhone and editing on the fly.

Window by the High Line

I love to photograph a whole range of subjects, not really what you'd call 'street photography' just a random mix of what catches my eye

NYC subway

Justine was, as always, very patient despite all the photo opportunities.....

Staten Island Ferry
...and believe me they were everywhere....
Coat hanger shadows

...despite being flanked everywhere by men with machine guns.

And then the light changed and I saw the Statue of Liberty lit by a sunbeam and you know what I'm thinking, right?

Nothing you can do but just stand and admire the view....

Statue of Liberty

So you'd have thought I'd have learned my lesson, wouldn't you? But no, not long after we were traveling to France. Except having been so busy right up until leaving I actually forgot to take my cameras with me this time.


We went on lots of walks and did touristy things, and then we came across an abandoned ochre mine and it was déjà vu

Pine tree roots
Hanging on
Mountain ridge
Branch patterns

Still...somewhere to return to!

But nothing could prepare me for the spectacle I saw on the return journey home. From just outside Carpentras to just south of Calais the whole of eastern France was like Narnia.

Everything covered in a thick hoar frost and patches of fog for over 600 miles!

With time constraints for our crossing and not much opportunity to stop all I can offer are a few close up snaps. You'll just have to take my word for it that it was amazing!

Hoar frost on sycamore

I think you know what the moral of the story is....

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Mike Curry


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