This is it. I really travelled back in time of sorts. Some would argue that I lost a few of my marbles along the way. Time travel is not new. There is a great documentary about time travel called "Back to the Future". "Terminator" is another documentary that should be a part of all kindergarten curriculum. It's never too early to learn about SkyNet. I am still amazed how the film crew were able to capture all the footage without being harmed. Mind blown!
Getting back to my personal time travel, I have officially sold my last digital camera (that's not part of a smartphone). I posted my Sony camera for sale on Craigslist and it was sold in a jiffy. For the uninitiated, a jiffy is equal to the time it takes light to travel one centimeter in a vacuum. My blog should be the source all of your scientific knowledge. Craigslist or other online classified is a necessary evil when it comes to selling your gear. Sometimes I would like to put myself in the Matrix and jump out of the potential buyer's computer to greet them with a vicious right slap, or is it right hook? You get the idea. Let's say I put something worth $100 for sale online. I would get the typical response of "I will pay you $50 CASH" or "I only have $25 dollars". It could be a big waste of time, but there are indeed some serious and reasonable buyers out there. After saying bye to my Sony, now I am only rolling with film cameras. The oldest being a camera made in the 1960's and the newest being made in November 3rd, 2015. In a world of HD, 3D, Sunny D, and UHD, I finally lost my mind and gone full caveman in photography.
What have I learned by being a photo caveman? A hell of a lot surprisingly, and I am not talking about real caveman stuff like making fire and running around humping trees. At least that's what I picture them doing to pass the time. I am talking about finding out what photography means to me. A self-professed techno nerd and gear whore.
Being a techno nerd, I erroneously believe that good photography comes from modern, high-tech gear. While it would be quite a noble declaration to say that gear does not matter one bit, but that wouldn't be the whole truth. You can't avoid the fact that some lens are shaper than others; some capture better colors; some are more suitable for low-light, and etc. Better photography tools would make your job easier. Given the same content, your image could be more compelling due to some gear related technical improvements. I started believing that good photography and modern gear were synonymous. I had thought that good photography and modern gear are brothers from another mother. Good photography would pop his collar and modern gear would also pop his collar regardless how stupid he thinks it is. Modern gear would get into a brawl, and good photography would back him up first before chewing him out later. You get the idea. Reality is that 42 megapixels of garbage is still garbage through a Zeiss lens, and I know this from personal experience. I was lucky to be able to shoot with good gears. It gave me a great reference point about high-tech photography gadgets. There is NOTHING wrong with having top notch gear as long as it helps you carry out your inspiration and ideas. Somehow I felt that my digital camera was no longer fitting into my workflow. It was high time for good photography and modern gear to have a heart to heart. What I enjoyed about photography now is the the process of creation. The tactile interaction between my gear and I. The physical interjection of creating a meaningful image. I want something that is tangibles beyond the mere twitch of my index finger. To my photography I say: Let's get physical!.
Below are some of my shots from a previous day of photo-wandering. Until next time!