In your bag No: 1621 – James Stokes
James gives us an organized Terminator-esque POV of the lovely goodies he carries daily down under.
I started shooting on a 650d, but it wasn’t until my 7D that I began to gear horde. First it was all digital, but as I started lugging around one body with what seemed like hundreds of lenses, the system became overly complex, but didn’t really allow me to extend any further. It wasn’t until I bought my first $10 Om-10 that I’ve nearly completely dropped digital. Contrary to reason, I’m now running a simpler, easier, more enjoyable kit.
Photography has never stood to me as a singular media, it has always, and will always, be a supplementary/complementary product to capture, frame, record, freeze, or explore with. The pace of film very much matches my pace in sketching, reducing the anxiety of speed. My sketch books are just another vision. The further awkwardness of some cameras help mental processing of a shot, and combined with the higher price per shot (especially the RZ67) further slows me down to think about the image, and the frame. The fear of losing a moment has made me less dependent on the image, but more on my memory and engagement in the present. I find every day I lean further away from the digital, with even my Fuji x100s turning more vintage dusty than the elder companions.
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James, lovely bag shot and story. I liked it so much, because I share many of your opinions voiced here. For the backpain I prescribe the broad OP/TECH Super Pro Strap B – it really makes a difference. Happy Shooting!
Thanks Max! Thanks for the suggestion been looking for a good strap.
I love this quote, “The fear of losing a moment has made me less dependent on the image, but more on my memory and engagement in the present.” I would imagine that the RZ you shoot with helps to keep things at a slower pace. I shoot with Bronica and the SQ Ai model lends itself to slow methodical work. It makes it easier to stay in the moment.