Recently I was asked why I’m always writing about the gear I use and the photography process. Rather than just focusing on the end result – making photographs I’m happy with.
It’s a great question, and one I’ll try to answer here.
I believe it mostly comes down to why I photograph.
More important than having a photograph is the experience I go through in seeking it out and making it.
This is why 35hunter has hunter in the title.
From the outset I’ve been hunting for beautiful compositions, and hunting for the equipment and process that allow me to do this with the fewest obstacles and the most enjoyment.
I could make (and have made) a satisfying photograph with my camera phone.
It’s always with me, has a very decent lens, is very quick to use, and with a quick process in Snapseed I can create b/w images I really like.
But the feelings I have using the phone are less enjoyable with the phone, and the experiences less immersive, slightly awkward even.
The phone doesn’t become an extension of my eye, hand and mind in the way my favourite cameras do, it never disappears.
In short, to use a cliche, the journey is more valuable to me than the destination.
The process of using cameras I love to explore places and find beautiful compositions, is more important than the final photographs themselves.
And this is why I write about the gear and the process, because I’ve spent 12 or 13 years and used hundreds of cameras and lenses to get to the ones I love using now.
So I’ve talked about that adventure along the way, how I’ve got here, and why I use the cameras I do.
What I don’t do (I hope) is drone on about the fine details of camera spec and bore you all to death. I try to keep 35hunter focused more on the experiences and the feelings and thoughts behind them, than the dry technical ins and outs.
What are your thoughts on talking about photography gear and processes? Does it interest you what other people use, and why? Or do you prefer a photography blog to be purely about the photographs?
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