I wanted to share this clip from This American Life, beautifully animated by Chris Ware. It is a story about a class of 5th graders who began making fake video cameras, and how those cameras effected the way they interacted with each other. Fascinating story, very well told.
This story illustrates how the camera (even just the idea of a camera) can alter our perception, and how we experience the world. I don’t use my camera to report news, but I believe that this idea is true for nature photography as well. In a way, the camera is the physical manifestation of the act of perception. It isolates how Seeing is not a passive experience — it is a purposeful action that impacts and often changes both the person who is doing the seeing, and the object that is seen. For me, this is the purpose of photography. Photography is a record and illustration of how simply our awareness of the world can alter it.