Ive finally given away all of my camera gear with the exception on one body and a 50mm lens. I’d say back to basics but that would have me drawing pictures in the sand with a stick. I’ve never liked the zoom lens, it seems to steal all of my creativity and lock me down into a technical world of dials, buttons, settings and a complete lack of what I’m really trying to do, to slow down time until it stops for just a 125th of a second.
My aprature is always preset to f16 a setting I never use but old habits die young and that’s where I would back calculate my exposure from 1/125, the old sunny 16 rule. My life mirrors my photography I’m many ways. I start with the very basics, some times I add to them and some times I subtract but always I have an equal quality of life to create that perfect balance between shadow and darkness, be-it work or play.
I watch a photographer on the dock pushing and pulling his subjects around, they have shelled out a pile of cash to make them look like something they are not, something they never will be. He has an assistant with a flash and a reflector and tries to pull emotion out of their dead souls. Techniacally his numbers are perfect but life like great photography has very little to to with numbers, his over priced snapshots will result in digital images of fake people who can’t even bring a real smile and who really cares, do we always have to be smiling? Why is it that the first word we learn is no, followed by cheese? Are we being taught from birth that there will be no cheese?
I dry the snow from my camera and drop it back into its bag. I’m drawing pictures and diagrams to send off to Holly who is very visual. I don’t really use my camera for any relevant propose, I just use it to document my irrelevant life and often wonder if anyone really cares about images and words or If I’ve just become a 2 minute sidetrack to tedium and boredom.
I look at my watch, I have 2 hours to kill before my three hour work day begins, breakfast, coffee, stretch, ride, stretch, coffee, lunch. I’ve pruned my life’s possessions to only the basics, time, energy and light. By taking everything out of my life my most valuable tools now are time and freedom and yes there will be snapshots, with a few meaningless words…