When I was twenty five I bought a Zenit camera, made in the former USSR. Since my weakest point has always been the inability to make money, the low price for that gear hooked me up. I took some beautiful images with my SLR – portraits, landscapes – and doing so I was learning some basics of photography. I liked my camera so much, but other things caught me passionately and taking photos became more and more an occasional hobby. Thirty years later, I was diagnosed with an incurable illness that affects my central vision: Macular Dystrophy (no, it is not the same as macular degeneration). This rare genetic disorder impairs my ability to see clearly, even with glasses. Light, especially sunlight, prevents me from perceiving details, contours, forms. I can’t read books or subtitles on movies anymore. Some colors appear different and changed (light gray – light green – some blues – and dark reds). It is very difficult for me to identify a red light in a street corner at least till nighttime (not in summer!) when sun has set. But (fortunately there is a “but”) I can see objects better with no direct sunlight over; I can read (slowly) electronic books with black background; I can use computers (a very important thing in my personal and professional life), I can even drive at night.
At the beginning I was in shock, but soon I realized I still have the possibility to see the world around me: my beloved wife and sons, my family and friends, my entire surroundings. Using my memory, my peripheral vision, taking care of my eyes and keeping them from direct sunlight, taking advantage of shadows and golden hours and of course using technology, I am feeling as a normal guy. The bad news about my eyes led me to the conclusion that I got one last round to see and capture the world. I remembered my Zenit (I still have it and take film pictures with it), and my oldest son gave me a Nikon 3000 and I started to take pictures in a different way, letting my mind go and letting my sight create, compose, and capture images, situations, beauty. So I am in love with photography again. I like the stories that every photo has behind and itself.
That is what this blog is about. I do like more the intimacy of a blog than the globalist, impersonal, and massive sites with too many easy “likes” and fewer interesting comments, so I am not an enthusiast for doing a hard “social-networking” job to gain popularity through “likes” or “stars.” I prefer at least one line of a comment, because generally that means one person takes some time rummaging through the post, and probably considers it deserves feedback.
I hope you will find something interesting in this blog, and if so, please leave a line.
By the way, my camera at the present is the Nikon D90, a good old gear, and I love it!
Some things about me:
- I was born in Caracas, Venezuela.
- I have been married with my beautiful Morella for more than 30 something years. I adore her.
- We live in New York City.
- We have two wonderful sons.
- I am a Linux Administrator and have supported Linux and open source since 1996.
- I have had a blog in Spanish – http://extempforaneo.net/wordpress – for more than 10 years, using WordPress.
- I Love blues, jazz, classic rock, salsa, poetry, science fiction, literature.
- I was an amateur astronomer.
- Now I am taking photos with a Nikon D90.
- I still love film (analogue photography) and sometimes use my Zenit (1980) or my Mamiya 645 Super to capture black and white shots. I think the texture and tones are insuperable.
- I have an inclination for landscapes, streets and urban photography.
- I am learning photography every single day. I am an amateur.
- I would like to have at least two very good lenses and a very good telescope!