The story of a point-and-shoot that made it to the Smithsonian

We’ve heard it said before that the best camera is the one you have with you, but it’s a cliche that makes every professional photographer with their $3,000 camera rig hanging from their shoulder scoff. Truth is though, it’s not about the quality of your camera but the quality of your subject material.

How strong is the story being told? Does the story need to be told? In today’s age of smartphone photography, it’s easy to be misled into thinking the cliche means “Your iPhone is as good of a camera as a professional camera,” when in reality it’s simply reminding you that you have the ability to capture an image that’s just as captivating and moving with any photo-capturing device.

This is the story of a photographer back in 2005 that captured an image of his friend attempting to remove a jar from the head of a raccoon outside of his house. The photographer, thinking nothing of it other than its hilarity, shared the photo on his DeviantArt page.

Weeks later, the Smithsonian contacted him to ask if they could use the image in their then-upcoming gallery. They cited the way the photo “explores the animal-human bond in the full scope.” The article is well worth the read, if only for silly images of an unfortunate raccoon and the humans trying to pursue it.

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Source: James Watt on Medium

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