In your bag No: 661 – Mark Kirchner


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In your bag No: 661, Mark Kirchner
Today we have something a little bit different. Not so much a bag as a mini camera workshop. Mark shares with us this fascinating technique for photography on the move. Check it out.

I love looking at people’s workshops, so it make since that a camera bag can be thought of as a small workshop in which we organize our tools.

The bag I am sharing today is part of one method that I employ to make photographs. The bag is a bicycle basket/box that I built to hold a mini Pelican case. I wanted to be able to stop the bike, stand straddling the bike then open the case without twisting my body or leaning over the handlebars. The box/basket is a strategy to cover more physical ground when I photograph in areas that have lower human density.

I keep this kit as simple as possible. The kit includes a Leica M3 camera with 50mm Summicron lens, loaded with Ilford HP, 2 stop neutral density filter, my tabletop tripod, post cards and street card. I also include my Japanese bicycle bell and helmet as part of the kit.

My website is about the first World War II American Concentration Camp. During the war the site was photographed by Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adam and as an internee Toyo Miyatake. I have been photographing the physical site and the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage since 1983.

Mark Kirchner
Newport Beach, California

Thanks for sharing this bag/workshop with us Mark. It is very cool to see.
Check out the links and make sure you come and comment

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7 comments on “In your bag No: 661 – Mark Kirchner”

    Daniel October 11, 2013 at 8:31 am / Reply

    ……It puts the Leica in the basket or it gets the hose again…

    Ricky Lai October 11, 2013 at 10:05 am / Reply

    Hi Mark,

    Beautiful photos from your site. Interesting table tripod, is that custom made ?

    Keep on taking more photos ~

      Mark Kirchner October 14, 2013 at 2:17 pm /

      Hi Ricky,

      The mini tripod was made from an “old ball head” that my dad had from the 1950s and I made the base for it from aluminum with a hacksaw, bastard mill file, drill press and the threads were tapped with a tap and die set. The tools are low tech combined with metal working skills.

      Ricky Lai October 26, 2013 at 12:36 pm /

      Nice metal work. Great to have a piece of item from your dad and you made something new out of it. :)

    Jeff October 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm / Reply

    Brings new meaning to the phrase ‘drive by shooting’!

    Thomas Roessler October 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm / Reply

    Hi Mark, your method of transport is fascinating to me, so functional and esthetically. Even more fascinating: your website. Great photos! And it guided me upon a white spot on the map of my humble knowledge. I had never heard before about US american concentration camps. Are the photos taken by Adams, Lange etc. to be found in the net? Best regards from Germany

      Mark Kirchner October 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm /

      Hello Thomas,
      You can find photographs by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange about the internment of Japanese Americans and Japanese ancestry. Adams published a book during the war called Born Free and Equal and a book about Lange’s work has just been published; Impounded, Dorothea Lange and the Censored Images of Japanese American Internment. Searches: Executive Order 9066, Manzanar, Tule Lake, Minodoka, Poston, Heart Mountian, Topaz, Amanche, Gila River, Jerome and Rohwer internment camps.
      Thanks for your interest, mark

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