Big Sing Tonight – I need my camera back!


I’m going to something called The Big Sing later, and I need my camera, damnit. This event must be documented. I know there are those who say if you’re photographing what you’re doing you’re not really experiencing what you’re doing, but for those of us who love photography, capturing the moment in this way is part of living it.

This is Buddy asking for food (always a good thing these days). It’s an ichat screen grab, all I have these days.

Oh god. They just called this second. They can’t repair my camera and they have to send it to Canon and it will take a few weeks. Alright, that was a hard blow, in the realm of blows that are not really hard blows at all. (A diagnosis of a terminal illness is a real hard blow.) I had planned to do my author photo on Wednesday. At this point my camera won’t even be back before my author photo is due. Damnit, damnit, damnit.

The conductors from the big sing last year:

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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4 thoughts on “Big Sing Tonight – I need my camera back!

  1. If you’re really stuck for a camera (and it sounds like you are!), why not try a single-use (used to be called disposable) digital camera? Better than nothing, maybe! Pretty inexpensive and easy to find in NYC.

  2. People who think not taking pictures gives them a more immediate experience of the “present” are delusional. The psychological “present” has been measured as lasting from 2 – 12 seconds…after that, it’s all in the past. The truth is we mostly live in the past with our memories — which define who we are (that’s why Alzheimer’s is such a tradgedy). I take loads of photos of every day things and I get especially compulsive when when I travel, knowing full well that with all these photos I’ll be able to fully re-live this trip in the future thanks to all these mementos of the past. The actual trip may last only a few weeks (in 2 – 12 second bursts of “present”) but the journey will last a lifetime if I document the crap out of it.

    I got a Lumix at Costco and the thing is practically indestructable. I just checked: it’s a Panasonic.

  3. That’s what Karen uses!! Who takes the best pictures ever!! Can I ask how much you paid for it and which model you got?

    Nora, I didn’t even know those existed!! Thanks so much for telling me about them, I’m going to pick on up.

    And Karen: ha.

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