No entry for this week's Photo Friday competition. They demand a picture taken on a cellphone. In spite of the fact that I own several, I have not yet taken a photo with one.
Why so many cellphones? Try living on four continents in ten years. One of the phones comes from Telstra in Australia, two from work in Germany, one from Cingular in the USA, and a free-radical 3G model from Malaysia for travel to Japan, fitted with a German drugstore SIM card.
In theory, you can unlock any out-of-contract handset, and slip in any GSM card. In practice, it's not so simple. Ask a phone company employee to sell you a plan without a phone, and their brain explodes.
EDIT: For those who asked, yes, I carry a camera most of the time. It's the smallest I could find with a decent optical zoom; a Panasonic Lumix LX1. The example of Rick Kennedy's website and books on Tokyo, plentifully illustrated with shots from his ancient 110, got me into the habit. It's four years old now and has taken around 8,000 snaps. The autofocus is beginning to give out. Time for a new one, maybe. Any suggestions?
Funny, no matter how ubiqitous cameras become—no matter whether we find them in our pockets, telephones, computers, dashboards or refrigerators—an old-fashioned photo on paper still holds a mystique. Doesn't it?