In your bag No: 503 – Horatio Carney


by Bellamy /

3 min read

In your bag 503, Horatio Carney
Horatio brings us not a bag, but a jacket. And a rather nifty hat too. Come and have a look a this very simple street setup.

Hello, I am Horatio Carney. I am a 24 year old student of history and the humanities and I have spent the past year and a half shooting street photography.

Oddly enough, I bought my first Leica before having any idea of what to do with it. Before then, I had a ton of Canon gear: zooms, pro bodies, flashes, tripods… the works. But after a year of using all of this stuff, I had started to feel that this was not quite my speed. I was growing weary of commercial shooting; it felt so staged, so pointless. The banality of the work was beginning to chafe. So on a whim, I sold everything and bought a single Leica M9 with a 50mm lens.

Now that I had this Leica, I caught myself pondering just what I could do with such a camera. That’s when I started looking at images of Leica photographers. Cartier-Bresson, Frank, Winnogrand, Erwitt… I was absolutely amazed by what people had done and were still doing with these honest little machines. Even more astonishing was the fact that these photographers hardly ever used artificial lighting, studios, or models. No further urging was required. I had the tool and I had just discovered the purpose.

Wishing to be as minimalistic as possible, I sold the M9 six months later and bought a Leica M6 and a 100 foot roll of Ilford Delta 400. I’ve never looked back.

My style has always gravitated towards the streets. I love the spontaneity of it all, the fact that you cannot plan what you will be bringing home. Then there are the people! I find human beings so brilliant: the clothing, the actions, the communication. We are all connected and so, in a way, while I am working on the streets, I am also engaging in an in-depth look at my own humanity. Nothing could be more sublime.

My favorite “bag” is my M-65 field jacket. Low key is my style so I try to carry as little as humanly possible. The M-65 is warm and understated with enough pockets to hold all that I need. My primary camera is a Leica M6 with a 50mm Summicron, often loaded with HP5 or Tri-X and secured to my wrist with a Gordy’s Camera wrist strap. My second body is a Leica M2 with a Zeiss Biogon 35mm often loaded with various color negative films and slung around my shoulder with a Leicatime neck strap. All of my black and white film is loaded into reusable cassettes at home and I preloaded one roll onto an extra take-up spool for the M2. I carry a Zeikos camera pen and Residual Oil Remover for quick lens cleanings in the field and I never leave home without my favorite cap, “small metal round” Ray Bans, and a Pilot pen.


Thanks for sharing your jacket with us BHC. It is lovely to hear about your transition to film and street photography too. Keep it up.
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3 comments on “In your bag No: 503 – Horatio Carney”

    maksim shdan May 5, 2013 at 2:55 pm / Reply

    less but better !

    1st “maui” picture is nice.

    ned May 6, 2013 at 1:45 am / Reply

    Horatio, i just visited your site.
    You have some good photographs out there, and this fact combined with the brief self-history that you`ve shared in the post and the “about” section in your site made me put the link in my list of daily photography links (it`s a kind of bet that i am putting with myself that you will produce even better pictures in the future, and that i want to see them) .
    And that is a rare happening with the persons featured on JCH (a little to many 14-19years old with expensive gear and poor photographs on their websites). Time and ageing will either make them better or quit.
    All the best and keep shooting!

    ZDP-189 May 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm / Reply

    Around here you’d need a container for the film or the gelatin might swell in the humidity.

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