These aren’t normally the types of shots I take, let alone upload, but they were taken over the summer as I was testing various films, cameras, and lenses. I liked them well enough to upload them…why let them sit and go unseen, right?
Anyway, more evidence that making images is simply that: the act of making images. I prefer a certain type of photography, just like everyone else. But regardless of the genre that I choose to put myself in–or am put in by others–what I really love to do is simply make images. Of everything. Everyday.
I have used or tried a great deal of camera/lens/film combinations over the years. But I am not obsessively technical when it comes to photography. I don’t obsess about the technical specs of a photograph, or analyze sharpness and bokeh to death. “Sharpness is a bourgeois concept,” Henri Cartier-Bresson once said. I know some photographers love to write down every detail of a certain exposure, for use later. While I see how that can be useful at times, it’s not me.
Before buying a lens, I will do my fair share of research. Once I am using it, I forget about all the details and just look at the images. If I like them, it’s fine. If there is something that bothers me, then I find another lens. For camera bodies, it’s different. There has to be a connection when I hold it. If it doesn’t “click” with me (no pun intended) then it’s of no use to me and I have to keep looking. It is something instinctive, something you know as soon as you put the camera to your eye.
The point of this is simply to say that I shoot all kinds of things. I freely admit that most of my stuff is average, with a few good images here and there. I know just enough to get myself in trouble, as they say about self-taught handymen, but not enough to get myself out of it again.
Ultimately, I don’t even know why I make half the images I make. Something catches my eye for some reason, and I raise the camera to my eye and make the exposure. There are times when shots are planned, but I’d say a majority of my stuff is simply what I see and am driven to put on film (or SD card). The reasons aren’t always clear to me even when I get my film back…but most of the time they are. If I see an image I have made, I can instantly recall where I was, what camera I was using, what I was trying to do; it’s vividly imprinted in my mind.
For me, it comes down to the fact that I experience the world around me through photographs. Making images of the world around is how I make sense of the world.
“In front of a camera all things are equivalent,” Daido Moriyama said. Amen.