My Beloved Olympus (1)

My Olympus Camera. Acknowledge Your Debt
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Acknowledge your Debt

Lesson 1 from my Olympus

I bought my Olympus OM-2n camera almost forty years ago. It’s been a while and through the years I have spoken of how my father bought this camera for me. If not for him, I could not have embarked on this journey into the world of photography. It’s good form to acknowledge your debt, especially to your parents.

Over the years, I have seen many people who grow up cursing their parents and being critical of them. Yes, some parents deserve all criticism, and we cannot doubt this. Consider this: murderers, thieves, rapists, politicians, and priests–to name a few categories of criminals–spawn children. But mostly, our parents struggle to raise us, make sacrifices we take for granted, and hope we will be normal human beings.

Often, we never stop to think about their struggles, listen to their stories, or even have a conversation with them. If you don’t care to do this, then there is no way you will acknowledge your debt to them.

It is a shame that we don’t listen to them because we miss the chance to learn the history of their lives and their times. In fact, we often dismiss them as dinosaurs and ask them not to be boring. After this, we bury our heads in our mobile phones to catch up on the latest hip-swiveling ‘influencer’. This is the way of the modern world.

Conversations & Amends

When I was a teenager, pursuing an engineering degree, we’d often sit around an aluminium kettle, drink tea out of chipped cups, and talk for hours. Our conversations often went off at weird tangents, but we spoke to each other.

Yet, when I think back on my own life, I realize I began having proper conversations with my father only in the fourth decade of my life. This is a shame, because I cannot bring him back, or travel back in time to my teenage years (for instance) and hold a genuine conversation with him.

Maybe I am trying to make amends by giving as much time as possible to my mother. When you reflect, you may realize your parents will almost never ask you to acknowledge your debt to them, but they will be grateful if you give them time, companionship, and attention.

Therefore, when I look at my Olympus OM-2n, I always reflect on how the camera changed my life’s direction. I am always reminded of my father’s gift to me and it was more than just a camera.  


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Published by Rajiv

I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.

14 thoughts on “My Beloved Olympus (1)

  1. My first camera was a Polaroid but my first 35mm SLR was an Olympus OM-1. It broke after a few years, and I replaced it with an OM-10 so that I could still use the old lenses. Twenty years ago I bought my first digital camera, a Canon G2 Powershot, and I am now using my second Canon DSLR, a 60d. It’s getting long in the tooth but so am I. So, I guess it’s my last camera. Oh wait — I hear that there’s a new micro four thirds system now on the market and it is called the Olympus OM-1. I wonder…

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Oh. Cool! I switched to Nikon when I went digital. That was a Nikon D70. Recently, I bought a Fuji, and I also use a Nikon D810.

      The problem with digital, is that they keep launching new cameras and expect you to keep up!

      1. davidoakesimages – DERBYSHIRE. UK – Freelance Photographer and lover of the Countryside and Wildlife.I gained my Photographic qualifications in Manchester and then started my career as a Photographer with a North West Regional Newspaper. From there I moved onto an Engineering Company then a Publishing Group. This appointment created an interest in Sales and Marketing a disipline into which I moved. 25 years in Sales, Marketing and General Management at Director level with market leading and multi-national Publishers was both exciting and fun. But like most things, a time for a change came along and I opted to start my own Freelance Photographic business and Photo Library. We specialise in Landscape, Travel and Heritage plus photographic reviews of new Canal Boats for the magazine of that name....a great way to earn a living whilst having fun. More oftern than not I have Carla our Director of Greetings and Buster our Head of Security with me, both like to chat and the occasional biscuit will bond any friendship....just don't touch the Nikon's..
        davidoakesimages says:

        Resist and buy wisely….. my camera is a Z5. Not sure more pixels is an essential anymore And I still have my D 810 (gathering dust along with a D100 200,300,700 and 800 which proves your point 😃)

      2. davidoakesimages – DERBYSHIRE. UK – Freelance Photographer and lover of the Countryside and Wildlife.I gained my Photographic qualifications in Manchester and then started my career as a Photographer with a North West Regional Newspaper. From there I moved onto an Engineering Company then a Publishing Group. This appointment created an interest in Sales and Marketing a disipline into which I moved. 25 years in Sales, Marketing and General Management at Director level with market leading and multi-national Publishers was both exciting and fun. But like most things, a time for a change came along and I opted to start my own Freelance Photographic business and Photo Library. We specialise in Landscape, Travel and Heritage plus photographic reviews of new Canal Boats for the magazine of that name....a great way to earn a living whilst having fun. More oftern than not I have Carla our Director of Greetings and Buster our Head of Security with me, both like to chat and the occasional biscuit will bond any friendship....just don't touch the Nikon's..
        davidoakesimages says:

        Oh… I missed out D90 😄😄

      3. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
        Rajiv says:

        Blimey!!

      4. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
        Rajiv says:

        Wow! That’s a lot of cameras! I remember buying my D70. Then, Nikon launched the D200 and I bought it. Then, they launched the D300 at which point I said, ‘bugger it’. My next was the D810 and they replaced this with the D850!!

        I wanted something light for street and travel, which is why the Fuji XT-4!

        And now, I will pause again!

  2. davidoakesimages – DERBYSHIRE. UK – Freelance Photographer and lover of the Countryside and Wildlife.I gained my Photographic qualifications in Manchester and then started my career as a Photographer with a North West Regional Newspaper. From there I moved onto an Engineering Company then a Publishing Group. This appointment created an interest in Sales and Marketing a disipline into which I moved. 25 years in Sales, Marketing and General Management at Director level with market leading and multi-national Publishers was both exciting and fun. But like most things, a time for a change came along and I opted to start my own Freelance Photographic business and Photo Library. We specialise in Landscape, Travel and Heritage plus photographic reviews of new Canal Boats for the magazine of that name....a great way to earn a living whilst having fun. More oftern than not I have Carla our Director of Greetings and Buster our Head of Security with me, both like to chat and the occasional biscuit will bond any friendship....just don't touch the Nikon's..
    davidoakesimages says:

    OM1… thru to OM4Ti. Then Olympus lost the plot and started to stylised to their range. That’s when I made the move to Nikon. I am not of a mind to change back but glad as time went by for Olympus to revert to tradition. The OM1 on were great easy to handle pro 35mm cameras with great optics. Memories

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Yes, they were excellent cameras!

  3. Timothy Price – I specialize in daily art, documentary and promotional photography. If you have a special event such as a musical production, play, concert, etc. or have a product or fashion that you need photographed, or you are a performer, musician and artist in need of promotional photos please email me or call.
    Timothy Price says:

    Those were great cameras.

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      Oh yes!

  4. swamiyesudas – Jyoti Ashram, Thanneerpalli, Tamil Nadu – Am a Christian Sannyasi, Passionately interested in creating a Better World.
    swamiyesudas says:

    My father had bought me Meccano sets, which I liked very much. But what I treasure is what he taught me.

    1. Rajiv – I have been around the block a bit. I've lived in four countries, and in many parts of my country. I have been fortunate enough to meet some really good people, and some really lousy ones, all of whom have taught me much. I am passionate about photography, writing, Indian history and continuing on this grand journey towards death.
      Rajiv says:

      That should always be the case. What is a Meccano set?

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