My wife often tells me it is difficult to be with me when I have my camera, because “it mediates the experience”. What I think she doesn’t understand is that it mediates my experience whether I have it over my shoulder or not. I see the world differently now, and always will. I notice things I never noticed before. I see beauty where I didn’t before. I frame things that aren’t framed, isolate microcosms of the world around me as images in my mind, even if I don’t snap the shutter. It’s like learning a language, it makes the experience richer, not narrower. Unfortunately, as with a foreign language, it can exclude those who don’t speak it. The language of my eye saw this sign and framed it as a composition, balanced and full of contrast, which I have translated for you by clicking the shutter.