About Now

What I’m doing with my photography right now…

Pushing the notion that no digital camera with a sensor less than 12MP is worth bothering with, and getting some very satisfying results with a tiny 2005 Sony Cyber-shot and a 2001 Olympus C4040, both a mere 4MP.

Reading more photography books, currently Saul Leiter from the Photofile series and Tales of Tono by Daido Moriyama and noticing how it’s no coincidence that I’m spending far less time looking at photographs online.

Getting to know a new (to me) digital compact camera that’s been on my camera wishlist for a long time.

Continuing and extending my Sundays Unplugged experiment to the whole weekend, to spend more time with my family.

Updated Tuesday 10 July 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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