In your bag 259, James Kent
Today we have a bag from a place that I have always wanted to visit…Cuba! James is a photographer and offered to share his bag from a recent trip to Cuba. I was more than happy to accept. Check it out.
My name is James Clifford Kent. I am a photographer and researcher based in London. I have recently returned from a photo/research trip to the U.S. (NYC and SF) but this bag is one that I took with me to Havana, Cuba, earlier this month. In the photograph above, the contents of my camera bag are strewn across the bed in my room at a hotel in Vedado – one of the larger neighbourhoods in the Cuban capital. Havana is a city that I know well, thanks to various stints spent teaching at La Universidad de la Habana over the course of the last decade, but it is always one that is full of new surprises and just when you think you have it cracked, there is often something waiting around the corner that will throw you completely off-course. I hope that my most recent batch of photographs [a mixture of analogue and digital images] capture the essence of this.
Canon camera bag (w/ a smaller Timberland bag inside)
Canon 7D – the workhorse [not much use to me of late thanks to the wonderful x100]
Nikon F301 [great, quirky film camera borrowed from a friend]
Fuji x100 [a magic camera]
Polaroid DX70 [this did not cope well with the harsh sunlight of Centro Habana/my own clumsiness but it was a lot of fun to use and it certainly turned a few heads – also borrowed]
50mm f1.4 [great for street stuff]
70-200mm L [I used this a lot whilst shooting out on a farm in Sancti Spiritus]
Handicam [cheap video camera]
2x underwater cameras [for the beach & for when the city gets really wet]
Rain poncho [as above]
3x Polaroid film from The Impossible Project [see above – had some fun results]
Rolls of film (Fuji Superia 200, Kodak Tri-X 400 and Ilford XP2 Super 400)
Room keys & driving license
Enter The Dragon [Havana – recent photographs]: http://www.jckent.com/galleries/show/134
El Heladero [Havana]: http://www.jckent.com/galleries/show/136
Twitter: @jummy_cliff [http://twitter.com/jummy_cliff]
Thanks for sharing your bag with us James. I love the bag and the pictures. It really is my dream location and I would do anything to get the chance to go there. I am very happy to see your work.
Check out the links and please come and comment.
Keep them coming folks, we need more submissions, so get your bag on Japancamerahunter.com. 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.
I’m kind of fantasising about a trip in December. Can you give any tips on street photography there?
Should I bring chemicals or can I get B&W developed in-country?
I hope you are loving Cuba.
You might want to go (if you have time) to the Lawson neighborhood and photograph Dr. Biscet (former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience) and also on Sunday at the Cathedral in Havana with the Lady’s in White. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, has put out a call for international journalists and even tourists to give them exposure via videos and photography to let the world know of the abuses by the Castro family and the CCP on the island’s people. Several months ago Bono and U2 dedicated a concert for Dr. Biscet! They need all the help they can get in their struggle for human rights, free multiparty elections, and democracy in Cuba!