About Now

What I’m doing with my photography right now…

Enjoying using my Ricoh GX100 at 35mm focal length, the field of view that has always felt “normal” for me with film and digital compact cameras. The GRD III is fantastic but sometimes its 28mm is a little too wide and/or distorted.

Shooting exclusively in 4:3 aspect ratio for the foreseeable future, another way of simplifying my photography. If I can’t quite yet commit to cameranogamy, I can make the three I have as consistent and invisible to use as possible.

Reading more photography books, currently The Nature Of Photographs by Stephen Shore and William Eggleston’s Guide.

Using Pinterest to research inspiring photography after deleting my Google+, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Making physical prints of some of my photographs, and trying out a couple of instant options at local stores, to see how 8″ x 6″ photographs come out.

Also enjoying studying Thirty Six Views Of Mount Fuji by Hokusai and being very impressed by the compositions.

Continuing Sundays Unplugged to spend more time with my family.

Trying different publishing frequencies with 35hunter, including a week streak.

Updated Wed 9 May 2018

(The idea for this page came from the frequently inspiring Derek Sivers.)

2 thoughts on “About Now”

  1. “This could be the only camera I need…”

    Oh, come now, Sir!

    I’ve just read your … sensualist essays on those Contaxes and Minoltas and their sylphlike adapted lens, and was reminded of Lovelace (Sir Richard, not Linda). I’ve felt that way about a sleek, well-formed and balanced camera myself; there is a tactile pleasure in handling and using such, and you described it well.

    I like my phone, have gotten some solid images with it, and pleasingly tuned them with snapseed. But – ergos aside – it is not a beauteous top-drawer, purpose-built, perfectly-proportioned camera, where the glow of owning, holding it combines with the joy of what it may produce in a singular miracle of mixed pleasures.

    1. Well I completely agree, my favourite cameras I’ve ever used are probably the Contax 139 Quartz and Asahi Spotmatic F. Both with Takumar lenses (the Contax via an adapter of course). Both have an abundance of tactile pleasure – cameras and lenses – and are a joy to hold and use, even without film in. They are both of William Morris’s prerequisite’s of an object in one – I know them to be useful and believe them to be beautiful.

      But… In a perverse way there is even more pleasure in creating an image with a camera that is simple, pocketable and digital, like my Xperia. Currently the minimalist practical side of me is winning out over the lover of divine machines… And the direct simplicity of being able to shoot, edit, process and share in a matter of moments with my phone, rather than it take days or weeks with the old film cameras.

      But I still have the Contax and Spotmatic. 🙂

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