Friday, February 24, 2012
Some Interesting Quotes About Cameras
I decided to do something a little different today. I did a search for different people's perspectives about cameras. Here's what I found interesting.
"I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day."
-- William Eggleston
Image Source: http://www.egglestontrust.com/images/portfolios/los_alamos_s.jpg
I am very different from Mr. Eggleston, in this and probably many respects. I agonize over what camera to use.
"If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura."
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
NO PRESENTABLE IMAGE FOUND (Hey, this is a family-friendly site)
While I feel very much like Mr. Araki about cameras, we don't share much photographically. Maybe that's why he's famous and I'm not. I am not from a sheltered background, but his pictures are, wow, pretty dark. If that intrigues you, do a google image search.
"But slowly I began to use cameras and then think about what it was that was going on. It took me a long time, I mean I actually played with cameras and photography for about 20 years."
-- David HockneyImage Source:
I like the long-term, contemplative thought here. Maybe that's because I've had cameras on the brain for a very long time, as well.
So, what does all of this mean, if anything? I take from the first three quotes this idea - even great photographers vary widely in their thoughts on camera equipment and how it relates to making great photographs.
I also think that my ability to identify with Araki says that focusing on one camera system, Lumix, for the time being, is not without stress for me. I am sure this will show up throughout the year, as I continue. It's not any particular weakness in the system (though there are a few); it's more that I am used to picking up different cameras based on my mood, and using them. I will still do that from time-to-time, but so far, I've been using Lumix unless I have a real technical need to use something else.
I enjoy variety in camera gear. There is no perfect kit for me. Even if there were, I'd want to pick up an imperfect camera every once in a while.
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