I am a camera…

I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.

Recording the man shaving at the window opposite and the woman in the kimono washing her hair.

Some day, all this will have to be developed, carefully printed, fixed.

-Christopher Isherwood, Goodbye to Berlin

We discussed this quote in my travel writing class. Is it a good description of writing? Can humans truly be like cameras? What does it mean to develop, print, and fix?