I have a busy mind. Last night was no exception as I stood in front of the Sleep Train Ampitheatre stage watching Def Leppard during a wonderful performance WITHOUT MY CAMERA. For a photographer bent on capturing life's miracles large and small it's not an easy state to be in. BUT it so happens I have an iPhone, one of the many Apple enthusiasts that just had to have one. I didn't fall into a immediate delirious swoon over it but now it's one of the most incredible and indispensible tools I use. I absolutely love it.
My experience with camera phones was never very good so I didn't take this one seriously either. I just did a couple cursory pics of friends to add to their contact file but never really tried it out to see what it could actually do-- until last night. Holy Cow! Color me kaleidescope-- I'm thrilled with the results. These pics are from a freakin' camera phone! Sent via email straight outta my iPhone and made into a slideshow online. No Photoshop at all, not even a smidge.
Imagine what I could have done with a real camera-- but that's not the point of this. The point is living the experience is everything-- so last night it was a joy to step back without my camera for the rare experience of seeing as a participant and not the professional voyeur I usually am. Yes, I still had a camera of sorts but it was to capture the moment in all it's glory. Sometimes clarity and perfection just don't matter. These photos, imperfect as they are, are a wonderful visual record of a great musical experience. Def Leppard were incredible. You could almost feel the weight of their passion, their skill, their love of performing with each note. Foreigner and Styx performed first and overall it was a completely fun rock and roll night.