In your bag No: 1435 – Humza

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by Bellamy /

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In your bag No: 1435, Humza
Todays bag is a bit different from the usual bags. For a start there is a sippy cup and and Anpanman book. But then Humza doesn’t go out shooting alone, as I am pretty sure the nappies are not for him. Check it out.

As you can probably tell, my bag is having an identity crisis. It’s a Manfrotto Advanced Travel Backpack, and although not stated explicitly in its name, it is, in fact, a camera bag. And a very nice, functional, and well-made one at that. I got it because it could fit my Olympus OM-D E-M1 and legacy Four Thirds Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 along with a Kindle, batteries, and maybe my laptop if I’m going out for a while.

But you see, Bellamy, I have a two year-old daughter, and she comes with quite a bit of hardware. When I go out, it’s rarely just to explore Tokyo and shoot. I also have to make sure I’m within walking distance of a park, mall, food court, department store or other such public facility in case the kid needs a walk, a playground, a banana, a book or the dreaded “change”…

In between changes, I love capturing those nooks and crannies that make Tokyo such a delicious place to live. I was given my dad’s Olympus OM-4 and a Zuiko Auto-T 85mm f/2.0 recently, so I only just started shooting film, but it’s great to use on the street. I actually use the G-Zuiko Auto-W 35mm f/2.8 that’s on the body or the Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.4 much more often than the 85mm, but it is easily one of my favorite lenses of any system. I actually keep an OM-m4/3 adapter strapped to the 85mm so I can use it with the E-M1, which has been my go-to combination for sakura photos over the last two years. I’m also experimenting with different films. Velvia colors are crazy! The white JCH 135 half case is full of Provia 100F, which I’m going to shoot tomorrow in Shinjuku and Akihabara.

And on that outing, the top half of my trusty Manfrotto bag will be stuffed with diapers, wipes, hankies, spare clothes, barley tea, a banana, and a plastic bag for those “changes” I mentioned. Picture books go in that slot where most people put a laptop. Baby will be in a stroller in front of me until she doesn’t want to be. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Keep up the good work!

Humza

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Humza. It is really nice to see someone sharing they passion with their kids. Keep it up.
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3 comments on “In your bag No: 1435 – Humza”

    Joe October 29, 2016 at 12:51 am / Reply

    Like this one. I switched to film last year and had my first darkroom sesh around time of second baby coming along. Took me 5 months to get back into another one! Nice to see others out there finding a balance between being father and photographer :)

    Ricky Lai October 31, 2016 at 10:35 am / Reply

    I’m not the only one, glad to see more daddy heading out to shoot with their little one and also sharing their bag. Guess it’s time for me to share my bag soon.

    Dennis Santella November 1, 2016 at 3:07 am / Reply

    Walks with my daughter in the stroller were a great time to photograph. Now that she’s bigger and in school all day, I miss being able to wander around with her. Get the most out of your time together!

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