I recently re-watched a documentary about Harold Feinstein, I’d seen it before some time back, but long enough ago for it to be reasonably fresh to me. If you don’t know his work, can I suggest spending half an hour on the net, would be time well spent. I find his photography to be wonderful. However, in a funny way, that’s not why I mention it. A few hours later I realized that I was left with three main thoughts. 1) Half a dozen, key, wonderful images. 2) A fun quote (and I love those!) his alleged reply to one of his students concerned with the intricacies of exposure – “just put the needle in the middle!” and 3) I have no idea what equipment he used or indeed care, and that is the point of this post.
More recently, I seem to have started to mass equipment. In fact let’s stop right there, and be honest. I’ve been buying more and more cameras, because I can, I like them, and they remind me of when I was younger! This is the truth of the situation! I’ve developed G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I knew this already, but the fact hit home to me when I discovered I could no longer contain all my gear in the bags and boxes that I use for use/storage.
I recently read an article by Johnny Martyr, with regards to G.A.S. and getting a twin, all of which made perfect sense to me. USING cameras to make photographs is ultimately what I am interested in, I just like cameras to! My understanding of his point is that amassing cameras for the sake of it, is basically camera collecting and has little to do with making photographs. I know this to be true. I personally know a man who has owned way more cameras than I, but I don’t ever recall seeing a photograph he’s made!
I think I’ve been true to both camps, taken the middle path, I have two Spotmatics, for example, the trouble is, I also have two Nikons, two Canon EOS, two Pentax K’s, four Olympus compacts and so much more. So even to try to argue the case that some of them are different tools for different jobs, or a “back up” for the lenses, in case of “body failure” would, these days, be difficult.
I wish I was the sort of person who could just have two cameras, loads of film, and make photographs (Full Stop). I know that’s never going to be the case, but at the same time I have to seriously slim down my tool kit, buy more film, and get out and DO photography. I intend to make an attempt at it, at the very least… I’ll keep you posted on my progress.
Part of this self-analysis, has come about because I’ve had a rotten cold this last week – I’m getting much better now, but while I was feeling sorry for myself, I watched some documentaries and read much more online. This has led me to the conclusion I need a “kick up the ****” and get out and about more and buy less cameras and more film!!