Posts Tagged ‘unusual’

Unusual Badges of Honor

14 November 2011

Dear J-

One thing I’ll tell you about the few photography blogs I read is that equipment is a fungible asset at best. The first question that they ask is what you took that picture with, and you end up forever branded with that appelation — that (system) guy — or (noted photographer), who takes pictures in (genre) with a (system). That leads to photographic equipment envy and/or the pursuit of something unusual for the sake of being unusual. Konica Hexar. Film snob. Medium format. How many times have you heard a particular camera described as a cult camera, in much the same way that cult classic cinema is discussed?

One of the blogs I used to follow and have since stopped showed off cameras of photographers this guy would meet on th e street, but there was a specific pecking order: only film cameras, unless they were Leicas, in which case anything goes. Part of me wants to get back into the world of medium format for that same reason: credibility and pretension. Look what I have to deal with. The more enlightened out there realize that the camera is just a tool — an interchangeable tool — that let’s you capture a slice of the world around you in your specific vision. If that happens to include the characteristics of the tool you’re using, then it’s a valid tool to use.

Most of us would like to take photgraphs that most accurately reflect the way the world is around us; there are a few who do have the ability to envision the way that art filters would affect the end product, but for me that’s usually some happy accident when that turns out well. I sometimes feel like we’re in a game of one-upsmanship to see who cmes up with the most unusual way to caputre the world around us. I remind myself that I still have a medium format camera, albeit one with poor frame registration (those Koni-Omegas were known for the fragility of their film wind mechanisms) and I keep laughing at the notion of free time I seem fixated on lately.

Mike

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Three Wheels

21 February 2009

Dear J-

We bought a tricycle for figgy today, who promptly managed to fall off it at least twice, got her foot caught in the pedals once, and, for good measure, refused to ride it like a trike — scooting along with feet on the floor, Flintstones-style.  I’ll have to spread my love of human-powered vehicles in a more subtle way, perhaps; it’s not in perfect repair and is missing the all-important parent handle (as an added bonus, it did come with a couple of brown widow spiders, which I gingerly removed with long sticks) as a garage-sale special, but it seems solid enough.

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It certainly doesn’t feel like she’s now been walking around for at least half a year, or that the babbling is starting to resolve into more complex words and sentences — I think back to a year ago, when she first figured out how to shove Cheerios into her maw, though, and how unformed she seemed, not so long ago; on the other hand it has been nearly two years now; the swift passage of time must be testament to how (relatively) easy it’s been.  I expected a lot of work — it has been, and some days have been so very long — but overall it’s been an amazing experience, far beyond what I could have anticipated.

Mike