A supplier gave me a Ricoh pocket camera to try out. 'See what it can do' he said. ' OK' I said. Heading out on a Eurostar from London to Paris I thought I’d bring it along and test something. I wanted to see if the camera’s technology could see better than I could. If its random and computer driven eye was more creative than my conscious, brain driven one.
I duct taped the little Ricoh to my passenger window and set my wristwatch timer to chime every 60 seconds and repeat. As the train began I committed myself to one rule - that on every 60th second I would push the shutter button - no matter what. Tunnels, bad weather, obstructions, lens flare - no matter what. The camera was on auto-mode capturing scenes as they passed by at up to 186 mph (300 kph). What you see is what the camera did. I take no credit other than propping it up to see out the window. The rest is alchemy of light and chance filtered through an auto lens and automatically created in this pocket-sized computerised box.