In your bag 854, Jonny Davenport
Jonny has a pretty cool bag for us today. He has many bags, but this is the one we get to see first. Come and check it out.
I recently came across your website after seeing a petapixel post profiling some other “In Your Bag” site… Reading through some of the comments from your loyal fan base turned me onto the original, japancamerahunter.com.
Such an awesome site! I am now a HUGE fan… Love what you’re doing, JCH has become a daily read for me.
My name is Jonny Davenport and photography is my life. It’s really all I know… I enrolled in a photo class to pass high school and discovered my life’s calling the moment i stepped in the darkroom. That was a long time ago… now I work a for a photography software company called onOne. We’re known for making plugins for Photoshop, Lightroom & Aperture simplifying advanced techniques. Even though I work for a ‘digital’ company, my heart is made of film. I don’t own a DSLR (but do have an older Phase back I use in the studio on my medium format film cameras!)
I have many bags of cameras but I thought I’d start with the one I’m currently rolling with…
It’s a small canvas Polaroid bag. I like to travel light. I’m over lugging big bags around loaded with all my gear.
The bag contents include:
Polaroid AF 660 loaded with Impossible 600 Black Frame (I’ve gaffed taped the Polaroid logo and Sharpie’d the gold 660 lettering)
Holdfast Camera Leash- Leather WristStrap
1 Pack Impossible 600 Black Frame
1 Pack Impossible 600 Silver Frame
1 Pack Impossible 600 Color
1 Empty box to keep prints in
Leica Minilux 35mm 40mm f/2.4 loaded with Tri-X
2 Kodak Portra 400 35mm rolls
1 Kodak Tri-X 400 35mm roll
1 Sharpie wrapped with Black Gaffe Tape (an old assistant of mine turned me onto this, this can be a life saver!)
1 Small Screwdriver (This thing comes in handy for all sorts of problems)
A mix of my ‘Poseur Postcards’ (self portrait postcards with contact details that I give out to people I photograph)
I love the Polaroid 660, they’re cheap and relatively easy to find. I have a bad habit of dropping my cameras which is why I now use the Holdfast Camera Leash. Holdfast is making the best camera strap/leash/systems on the planet!
I love instant film. I remember years ago before Polaroid collapsed, they had one of the best ad campaigns in response to the growing digital market: ‘Apparently Instant Isn’t Fast Enough…’
Nothing will ever replace the immediacy of an instant print. People are so stoked when you hand them a print you just made. I’m thankful for the people at The Impossible Project, doing the Impossible… And hope Kodak can keep their film division going. I’m also a big Ilford fan. HP5 and XP2 have been my B&W film of choice for years.
I shoot whatever catches my eye. I move on gut instinct. A bit street-style. A lot of self-portraits. I use the Polaroid & Impossible sparingly which is why I also pack the Leica point and shoot.
As I child I had a short attention span and would get easily flustered at the task at hand, my father would say, “Son, keep the focus…”
Little did I know how literal those words would mean to my life’s calling.
Thanks for the consideration! And keep up the inspiring work!!! Thanks Bellamy.
I can be found on social media @jonnydavenport
Or connect with me through my website: undaunted.com
Thanks for sharing your bag with us Jonny. It is very cool to see someone with so much passion for their work.
Check out the links and make sure you 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. Please understand that there is a long wait now as there is a backlog of submissions. Not all make the cut, so make sure yours is funny/interesting/quirky. And please make sure the shot is of good quality, as the ones that are not do not go up.
Hello John, nice to see a polaroid camera sometimes. I like the subtle menaing underneath polaroid pictures: the instant, the fragility, the uniqueness, the unpredictability, the joy.
A long time ago I had the chance to work for a day with a 20×25 field camera and 20×25 polaroid sheets film, it was great.
Awesome! Thanks Bellamy, what a great surprise! I’ve been checked out this past week visiting my ailing grandmother and have missed JCH. So cool to tune back in the morning and see the love! Thank you.
Thanks for the comments Roberto! I was supposed to shoot with the 20×24 a few years back, but had some setbacks and had to cancel… It’s still on my bucket list of cameras to shoot with!