(I’ve been pondering this post for a bit–I even alluded to few of the themes during my recent “Best of…” post. After talking with a certain good friend yesterday, I finally decided to put it up).
…So here goes:
My favorite camera lately has been the Fuji SP-1.
(That’s right: my favorite camera isn’t even a camera at all).
In fact, It’s a scrappy little battery-operated printer that spits out actual 3×2 Polaroids from your phone or tablet. And my office is now covered with them.
And every single one of them makes me smile.
Sadly, most of the “stunning” ones have been taken by The Producer…
Because she’s there. And she has “the eye“. And she just shoots.
Fact is, she can shoot circles around me with her lowly little iPhone. (Ok, yes…and Nikon too, Honey).
It’s a shame really: It’s probably all I actually need. The talented Ming Thein has a great post on the subject here. It is quite damning really…to me, anyway.
Truth be told, I like taking photos. I like it when I take good photos. I even like taking photos with all kinds of good gear. I like seeing how different gear makes my photos turn out. But some gear, I just like using.
So…While the focus has generally stayed on the photos (and the memories) all along, I do think perhaps I have occasionally gotten a little distracted along the way. (Don’t get me wrong: This is not a lecture. You probably all know this already. I’m the crazy one here…this is me just musing out loud).
While I’ll probably never truly cure my love of broad experimentation, sometimes there is more to it than “micro-contrast” you know? The very subject reminds me of a quote from the remarkable Phil Kneen: (first brought to me by the talented Bijan…)
There’s a lot of shit talked about photography, but you go out, take a photo of something you like, if you enjoy that image then it’s a good photo. It’s really that simple.
(And yes…The little Fuji printer taught me all of that).
Part two to follow…