In your bag 282, Alex Espinosa
Todays bag comes to you all the way from Uruguay! Alex is a documentary photographer and he shares his work bag with us today. A completely digital bag for a change. Check it out.
Hello there, I write you from Montevideo, Uruguay. I’m a Mexican photographer but live and work in South America since about 2 years. Since 2000 I developing photography projects for different organizations (NGO’s) and publications in 16 countries of Latin America. My work goes from documentary projects, reportage, editorial as well as portrait.
At this time I’m working on a documentary project about the Afro community here in Uruguay. Uruguay is a small country located in South America that for decades was know in Latin America as the “Swizz of America” for it’s high standards of life. It has a population of three million inhabitants, 13% of this population is afrodescendant. They were segregated during centuries, and are now the ethnic minority that lives with the highly levels of poverty and social exclusion of the country. I’ve began in December of 2010 a documentary project with the objective of know the situation of the afrodescendant population in the contemporary uruguayan society.
Normally I use to work with a Nikon D700 and three Nikon prime lenses: 50mm 1.4, 35mm 2 and 24mm 2.8 when I go out with this outfit I also have a Ricoh GRD or a Lumix GF1 as a backup. Recently I chose to work in this last project almost all the time with a Micro 4/3 cameras, because are very discreet and I feel how much the people fell more relax in front of this little cameras, they almost don’t repair in its presence.
For this last project I work with 2 Lumix cameras the GF1 and the GF2 with the Panasonic 14mm 2.5, and 20mm 1.7 lenses and optical viewfinders. In my bag – at this time a Domke F-803- also I take with me a Tascam audio recorder for making interviews, spare batteries, memory cards and some stuff for clean the lenses/censor.
This are my two bag options:
Option # 1
If I plan go to shot at night or in a very dark environment I chose to take with me the D700, also if I want to do a portrait or something that requires of greater image quality.
Nikon 50mm f1.4
Nikon 35mm f2
Nikon 24mm f2.8
Spare battery / memory cards
Lumix GF1 or Ricoh GRD just as a back up
Moleskine and a cheap pen for notes
Mini tripod for the recorder
Stuff for clean the lenses/censor
Option # 2
Panasonic 20mm f1.7
Panasonic 14mm f2.5
Moleskin ans cheap pen for notes
Mini tripod for the recorder
Most of the time for this project I decide on this option. This little cameras give me a very nice raw files to work in Lr, the noise and resolution until iso 640 are very good, I just go to show an exhibition about this work, I made 24×35 inch prints that looks as god as the ones from the D700. I need to say that I present this work in B&W and I add some grain texture with Silver efex.
You can see some of my work on my site:
Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy my work.
Thanks for sharing your bag and your work with us Alex. It is brilliant to see a working photographers bag, especially from someone doing such interesting work.
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