One of my objectives to set up this website is to share my eco-friendly practice, hoping to use my tiny bit of influence to create more good deeds to the mother earth. My plan is, so far, just a plan and before I can put all my tips together, I have been jotting down here and there on my journals whenever I discover a green action to take.
Many of my discoveries are steps so small that I wonder if they are even worth mentioning about. But there is one recent act of mine that is definitely worth the words, and that is, fixing my DSRL camera.
The picture above shows the camera that I once owned but was later given to my best friend during my detox year. I vowed to not be engaged in any creative projects in order to make space for my mind and figure out my real purpose of being an artist. Although I didn’t keep my promise of quitting photography for long, I was pretty good at keeping my promise of letting go of my possession as such. Even when I resumed taking photos a few months ago, I borrowed an ordinary camera from my friend instead of asking for my own camera back.
The only reason for me getting it back and fixed is to do my colleague a favour. She was going to a tropical island country and she was looking for a nice camera to capture the precious moments she would be spending there. As a Buddhist, I never miss a chance to serve others as long as the task is within my power. Therefore, I promised to take the camera fixed, without carefully considering the fixing cost. The first time I brought my camera to the maintenance centre, I was to leave my camera AND 250HKD. The latter will not be returned if I back off and decide not to fix it. Otherwise, it will be deduced from the total maintenance cost. A few days later the invoice came, stating that an additional 750HKD should be charged because of a missing piece inside the camera. While I was contemplating over and over, I kept ignoring the text messages from the service assistant who reminded me of the camera still being kept in the repair centre. Seldom do I have difficulties in making decision, but this time, it took me so long to make the deal that my colleague had already left Hong Kong.
I am not one of those typical Hong Kongers who are more than happy to see their broken electronic devices so that they can buy another one without the sense of guilt. Yes, it saves time buying a new one and the new one offers more functions, but before the present glorious days of consumerism, people did get things fixed and it was indeed a virtue by extending the lifespan of creation for as long as it has. There is no reason to throw away something right when it stops functioning when there are plenty of professional craftsmen out there who depend their lives upon fixing things.
Admittedly I was a little stubborn as to spend the amount of money on fixing an old camera when I could have bought a new one if I had sold the two lenses just for the sake of being eco-friendly. But then I didn’t regret doing so, at least not as much as before, for the replacement piece was shipped all the way from Japan and I came home with my camera in a cute paper bag.