What I’m up to right now…
A longer term pattern is setting in with my photography.
I’ve only really used three cameras in the last three or four months. Lumix GF1 for M42 lenses mostly, but sometimes the native 12-32mm (24-64mm equivalent) AF lens. My little Lumix LX3 for black and white photography with its cracking Leica lens, and my Sony Xperia for family snaps.
Sometimes I use one of my other half dozen compacts. I haven’t shot film in about a year and a half and am wondering about why I still have a couple of 35mm film cameras. Or a DSLR which hasn’t been used regularly at all this year.
Haven’t bought a new camera since the GF1 in July, which at five months is by far the longest I’ve gone without buying a camera in about six years.
Enjoying my ebike (The Mule) for work, which reliably serves its purpose. I’m tracking the days I use it (you might have realised I’m a bit of a numbers and stats geek) and this week I passed 50 days. Which is 50 days I’ve had extra exercise and fresh air, and 50 days I haven’t used a car to commute, with the associated savings in cost and pollution.
After a minor purge I now only have two other bikes. A Specialized Crossroads, which is super comfortable and laid back to ride.
But the one I’m enjoying even more is a 1985 Raleigh mixte bike I paid less than £30 for and is so much fun, and so easy to ride, especially compared with the heavy Mule.
Looking forward to doing more with in the spring as the weather is increasingly wet now.
Steadily working through The Art Of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum which isn’t heavy going, there’s just a huge amount it covers. Another six months and I might have finished it!
Also re-reading some Pema Chödrön, currently Comfortable With Uncertainty, which is on the surface beautifully simple, but simultaneously very radical (to me) and challenging. Worth taking one’s time with also. I’m reading a chapter two or three times over most nights, so it can sink and marinate while I sleep.
Whilst most of my music listening is ambient works at slower speeds via YouTube (try Aphex Twin’s Rhubarb and change the speed to 0.5 or 0.75, or try Lichen 800% slower) I have recently been absorbing Bon Iver’s third album, 22, A Million. Especially this track.
What are you up to right now?
Updated Friday 7 Dec 2018
(The idea for this page came from the frequently inspiring Derek Sivers.)