Surfing around I found that many bloggers on photography emphasize the importance of taking pictures in stead of talking about gear. And guess what they're completely right! Meanwhile I have this feeling of unease. Saying that taking pictures is the main thing and that photographic gear is just secondary, seems to be the social accepted stance. You don't ask the bestseller author with which pencil he wrote his book. Isn't it?
Yet in their blogs these authors always appear to have the newest cameras, lenses and other photographic gear. Moreover they talk about all these boxies endlessly. I'll tell you why: first of all, in the past photography required a lot of technical skills to obtain an acceptable image. Not only vision was needed but also the technical ability to transform vision into a picture. It seems to me that up till today, photography attracts technically oriented people (read men). Another reason is the fact that these bloggers deep in their hearts are boys with toys (men again). They love little boxies that go 'kgrr' and 'bleep'. They all want the newest boxies because they say 'kgrr' and 'beep' faster, louder, softer, and more sophisticated than their older boxies.
So you may conclude it's mostly men that blog about photography. And since men can't deny their nature, there's a lot of talk about machines in stead of pictures. Do I worry about it? Not at all! I'm a man myself and I love boxies that say 'kgrr' and 'bleep' as much as I love good pictures.