Despite having considered a one month one camera project many times, I believe I’ve only actually done it once.
That was back in the summer of 2014 with my then new to me Yashica Electro 35 GTN.
I shot a dozen rolls of film and really got to know the Electro, in the midst of a phase when I was buying more cameras that I had time to use.
The project was a welcome relief from decision fatigue and scattered the seeds for my later evolution towards fewer cameras.
These days, my camera of choice is nearly always a digital compact, which I find more practical and enjoyable than anything else.
Despite radically culling my camera collection from over 50 to just a handful, I resigned myself some time back to not being a one camera kind of guy, however appealing cameranogamy sounds on paper.
So I currently have a small arsenal of two Ricohs, two Panasonic Lumix, a Pentax and a Sony. Let’s called them the Special Six.
I’ve used each of these enough now to know what I need to do, both to get the kind of experience I enjoy (making the camera as invisible as possible), and the resultant photographs I’m proud of.
Despite this familiarity, I still feel there are further benefits to be had from immersing myself in one camera only for a sustained period.
So for 2019, I plan on using one camera per month. Every month.
Sometimes this might be one of the cameras mentioned above. But I’m not averse to trying something new now and then.
Now I don’t have the overwhelming overspill of gear I used to, and have all my cameras on one small bookcase shelf, I have room for perhaps one more, a month at a time.
If I try a new camera for a month and love it, then I might keep it in place of one of my Special Six.
But I have no intention of adding a new camera every month and expanding the collection indefinitely again.
In conjunction with this project, it’s also an ongoing intention of mine to show how affordable photography is as a hobby.
Whilst my most expensive current camera, the Ricoh GRD III, cost around £150 (still a bargain considering its quality and capability and that it cost around £600 new), others I used in recent times cost only a tenth or twentieth of that.
For example, the cracking little Sony DSC-L1, which set me back around £7, and is often the first I grab when heading out.
It is these kind of cameras I plan to use if I seek out any new ones – minor digital classics that were very capable in their day (10-15+ years ago) but were quickly overlooked as the next model in line with more MegaPixels and bigger zooms jostled them down the pecking order for consumer attention.
It may turn out then, that this project is called something more like A Dozen (Minor) Digital Classics.
More updates to follow as I decide on my camera for January.
Have you tried a one month, one camera challenge? Do you have any photography project plans for 2019?
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