In your bag number 74, Ande Murdoch
A brilliant bag shot for you today, all the way from Scotland. It is great to see the bag of a photography student on the site. So, let’s see what is in Ande’s bag…
My name is Ande Murdoch, I am 29 years old, I am currently in fourth year of a BA Honours in Photography at the University of the Worst of Scotland (UWS) and I live in Glasgow, Scotland where I do a lot of my photography which is mostly street type stuff (although I don’t really like to call myself a street photographer as it seems kind of limiting). I have quite a cool (I think anyway) project that I’m working on just now which will present my photography through a map so that people can see the city the way that I see it, it will hopefully work on mobile devices so you’ll be able to find your location on the map and see the things that I saw there.
The bag is a Penfield bag which I got real cheap in TK Maxx, I was so glad I found it as I was giving real consideration to splashing out on a Billingham but this does the job and was a fraction of the price!
It has a padded insert from an old Hama camera bag inside it which means my cameras travel in relative safety.
I pretty much always have the Fuji X100 and the Konica Hexar in my bag. The X100 was a bit of an impulse buy but it has become my most used camera. I usually carry a spare battery (because you don’t get much out of one) and a few memory cards for this. Maybe I should point out that I took the ‘In your bag’ photo with my other digital camera, a Canon 5D, but it really never gets used, I think I’ll sell it soon. The X100 just suits the way I shoot so much better than a DSLR. I’d say that despite a few little foibles the X100, and the Hexar actually, are the closest I’ve ever come to my ‘perfect camera’.
Oh, my X100 has a raggedy old Hoya metal hood fitted and a cheapo thumb grip from eBay, the thumb grip definitely makes it easier to shoot one handed as I often do and the hood adds a bit more of the retro feeling plus it was way cheaper than the genuine Fuji hood.
The Hexar is only ever loaded with Tri-X so I’m sure you can imagine how the recent troubles at Kodak have been worrying my. I carry a spare battery for my Hexar as it’s a bit of a strange one and not always available and day to day I carry two or three spare films with me but if I’m going out specifically to shoot I’ll grab a few more from the fridge. I got the Hexar for a bargain price because the shutter button was acting up but I managed to take the top off the camera and clean it myself and it’s worked fine ever since.
The Ricoh R1 got relegated to color film duties when I got the Hexar and as such it’s only with me sometimes. I noticed recently that I tend to only shoot in color in the summer, in fact, I collated the best of the colour film I shot last year and made a book, there’s a post in my blog about it or you can see it here. I have hacked the R1’s panorama curtains to stay open so it’s now effectively switchable between 30mm and 24mm but at 24mm it does vignette pretty badly.
The last camera is Fuji’s beautiful (?) Instax 200. This one only comes with me when I’m going out at night with friends! It’s so much more spontaneous than a digital camera because there’s none of that “take another one I don’t like how I look” type stuff. Not sure if you can make it out but I decided one night that the Instax 200 might look better if I drew all over it, not too sure if it worked!
I usually have a couple books in my bag incase I end up having to wait on the weather to change or something while I’m out shooting. Just now I have Edwin Abbott’s Flatland for general time killing and the Daido Moriyama Phaidon 55 book for inspiration.
My iPhone is usually actually in my pocket rather then my bag but I thought I’d include it since I’m quite an Instagram junky. My X100 is pretty much permanently in black and white mode so the iPhone is really the only digital color photography I do.
I hope that’s enough info for you, if not give me a shout and I can add more but I didn’t want to ramble on too much!
Thanks for sharing your cool bag with us Ande, and thanks for the brilliant explanation, it is great to hear why people have what they have in their bags.
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