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"and while I'll never be a pro, I will still work to become better at it - even if I share my art with no one."

I believe that's the key: the enjoyment of creating a piece of art, the effort that goes into the process. Many are the times when something catches my eye while driving, and I'll either stop, or turn around and go back, even circle the block if needed, then park, get out and record a scene. It may be an elderly person sitting on a park bench, the way a shadow paints a picture on a surface or the juxtaposition of contrasting shapes and textures, all waiting to be explored by a unique eye for interpretation. Selecting a viewpoint and framing a composition are all fun and takes me out of my daily routine and into another world that exists only in my mind — and the image I create. And whereas I will most likely never print the images, tweaking them into their final form on my desktop monitor and then sitting back and say 'Aaah, there it is!' is a pleasure next to impossible to share with anyone.

So to all those who think "photographing" with smart phones supplanted the art (and pleasure) of photography, I'll just hum a chorus of the old song "Oh no, they can't take that away from me".

RayB
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