In your bag No: 635 – James Mignogna


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In your bag No: 635, James Mignogna
Man, todays bag shot is stunning. Some really beautiful cameras that get put to good use too. Come and check out this passionate film shooters bag.

My name is James V. Mignogna. I’m a fine art photographer working in NYC and living across the Hudson in dirty Jersey. I work at The International Center of Photography in the facilities department, mostly helping to keep their darkrooms humming.

I have been, until about two weeks ago, exclusively a film shooter, but with the birth of my first beautiful boy three weeks ago I have bought a Fuji X10. It’s a fine little shooter that this photo is taken with. Having said that, nothing will replace my Leicas and film for my personal work. I, like most if your readers I suspect, have just far too strong a love affair with the older ways to stray too long. It’s just the best medium for the aesthetic I love.

The bag is a Domke waxwear bucket.

1969 black enamel Leica M4 with a black enamel brass dragon soft release from match technical.

1969 Leica M2-R with a Wasserman rapid rewind crank and reskinned in mahogany kid skin leather from

4 lenses:

The 2 M mounts are both summicrons. One is a 35 and the other is a 50.

The other  two are LTMs: a 35mm summaron and a 50mm summitar, which might just be my favorite.

I also have my Widelux F7 here. I don’t always step out with it in the bag, but it’s in there often enough that I included it in this photo. It’s definitely a part of my regular 35mm kit.

My meter is a Pentax digital spot. I also have 2 lead lined film safes that carry 4 rolls each stripped and ready. Both film safes and meter have industrial Velcro on them so that I can affix them to my bag strap.

I keep Tmax 3200 in one and Fomapan 400 in the other.

Finally I have a microfiber lens cloth, a moleskin journal and fisher space pen to jot notes.

Then sometimes I have a small book in the bag, too. I left it out for purposes of space, but now I have The Great Wall of China, by Franz Kafka.

So that’s my bag.
Hope it’s of interest.
Keep up the great work.

James V. Mignogna

Thanks for sharing your bag James. That M4 is lovely, I have been debating on if I should get one, and that is not making it any easier.
Unfortunately there are no links to check out, so you shall just have to enjoy and comment.

Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Send me a hi resolution image of the bag (please make sure it is horizontal) and its contents, with some details about yourself and what you shoot. Oh and don’t forget your contact details (twitter, flickr, tumbler et al). Send the bag shots here. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.


4 comments on “In your bag No: 635 – James Mignogna”

    James Mignogna September 15, 2013 at 11:02 am / Reply

    Hey, thanks for showing my bag! I feel kinda like I made it! It feels like a milestone… psyched to be here.

    forgot to send it, but my website is if anyone wants to check it out, though I think it really could use an edit.


    Philipp Ulrich September 16, 2013 at 8:18 am / Reply

    These film saves are pretty nice! I like the kinda industrial feel they have to them. I’m sure they work well, too ;)

    jsd September 17, 2013 at 2:01 am / Reply

    Beautiful bag and, most importantly, even more beautiful photos.

    Andy September 18, 2013 at 8:06 am / Reply

    I love the Tokens section of your site!

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