This also means that you don’t need to worry about the latest and greatest tools constantly arriving on the scene to make you a better artist.

It is said about Raghu Rai, the celebrated Indian photographer was once asked why he rarely changed his gears. Rai’s answer reputed to be was, “before I upgrade I ask myself if I have shot the best possible photo with the current tools”

I ask myself this question every time I think about tech upgrade. Have I shot the best possible photo? The best possible thing I could do? Have I tested it to the limits? I am not surprised anymore how often the answer is in the negative.

Another anecdote comes to mind reading this. A photographer friend attended a party. In the party, the hostess compliments for my friend saying he shot wow kind of photos and then commented, “You must have a great camera”.

After the party was over, as my friend was leaving, he bode the hostess goodbye. “By the by,” said my friend, “The food was great. What utensils and spices did you use?”

Quite often we are so enmeshed in the idea of tools that we forget the human centricity of Art.

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