More Pics Than You Can Shake A Selfie Stick At

I have been taking pictures since I was a child, back when it was expensive to get a camera, buy film and have it developed, wait weeks to see what turned out, and treasure the magic of those twenty-four shots at a time. 

I still treasure the magic even though it works faster and further, and since going digital over a decade ago I’ve probably taken over 80,000 pictures, some of which aren’t worth paper they weren’t printed on and many, as I continue to improve with such vast practice, are pretty delightful.

I do consider it practice still, and I also realized I already have more pictures than I need, but it doesn’t make me stop. I still enjoy looking for new shots to take and even finding uncaptured frames accidentally. (Never mind the search for particular ones afterward, that’s becoming less a stroll and more a marathon.)

I also write songs and music, stories and scripts, joke, laugh, love, eat… I don’t intend to stop any of that either. Life is a journey of learning and experience, and it’s better when you embrace it that way, as if you are on a trip and not just standing still. Even if you are. Your perspective doesn’t have to stay the same even if you are standing in one spot.

—David

P.S. Maybe that’s why 360s and panoramas are popular, it’s a secret metaphor….

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Westward Ho, Phoenix

I love this building, once the tallest, fanciest hotel in Phoenix (ooh and air-conditioned!), favorite stop of movie stars, politicians and celebrities. It’s not the one from Psycho, but it was in a few movies, and that tower on top was erected in 1949 to broadcast the first television station in the Valley Of The Sun. Given from 1928 to 1960 it was the tallest building in the city, it was a good choice. And the tower is taller than the building!

Before my time, but still standing. It became a home for low-income seniors, and I just loved the idea that there might have been people that always wanted the chance to stay there when they were young who got to live there. I’m also hoping that’s sweet and not ironic, but the owners have done well keeping it up.

An HDR taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note  4 and filtered via the Google Photos Assistant.*

—–David

* I’ve taken higher resolution pictures of this building with a “real” camera, but viewed on the web those higher pixels don’t matter much, and since I don’t have to crop this for a digital zoom, you just can’t tell. Now if you wanted a poster, that could get ugly.

P.S. Classy old lobby

Some cool history and photos 

P.P.S. Wikipedia of course

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