In your bag No: 1210, Katrina Phillips
Today we get to have a peek inside a mothers bag. Katrina manages to still stuff a couple of cameras in her bag, despite being a mother to a toddler (and that is no mean feat, toddlers can be pretty uncontrollable). Simple and colourful. Check this one out.

Thought I’d share a pic of what a bag can look like when you combine a recent obsession with photography with being the mother of an almost-two-year old.

In my bag I have: nappies, wipes, water bottles, snacks, a Fuji x100s, an Olympus XA2 and whatever film I can come across easily (in this case, Kodak Ultramax 400 from BigW). Truth be told, there’s usually a bunch of other crap in there too—dirty clothes, food wrappers and the like.

The bag is a handmade calf leather tote from an Ethiopian craftswoman who sells her products through Etsy. It’s the perfect size, durable, and doesn’t scream nappy bag. I love it.

I’m pretty new to photography. I bought a brand-new Nikon FM10 back in my uni days, not understanding that I would have been better off tracking down a used FM. Anyway, a few years later I dropped it, mirror got stuck, and it basically sat on the shelf from then on.

Fast-forward ten years and, like many expectant parents, I decide I really want to buy a decent camera to capture those precious family moments. So I bought a Nikon D5200 (brand loyalty and all that) and a DX 3.5mm f/1.8 g lens. I did take some lovely photos with that lens, but still wasn’t that excited by photography…

…until I was stuck at my in-laws during a sub-tropical cyclone in January this year. I stumbled on a review of a Fuji x100s and was instantly curious. A few days later, I’d ordered my camera online, and I’ve been utterly and completely hooked ever since I got it. I sold the Nikon 5200 in April, and recently acquired the Olympus and a Nikon FM. My long-term plan is to add another Fuji X series body to my collection (E? T? Pro?), a Summicron (35mm or 50mm, haven’t quite decided) and then at some stage a Leica M6. Mr Camera Hunter, I will be likely seeking your assistance with the Summicron and M6.

That’s it! Thanks for having me

Katrina Phillips
Canberra, Australia

Thanks for sharing your bag with us, Katrina. If you can please share a link as I am sure everyone would like to see some of your images.
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