A fellow photographer and friend, Josh White from JT in Seoul(or is it Canada now) , recently wrote a very enlightening post titled – Near Equal. Basically, Josh frees himself from that gear attitude many of us seem to hold on.
Not becoming a slave to the camera but using whichever camera as a tool of creation. Daido Moriyama shoots with small compact
cameras (GR1, GRD’s) and seems perfectly at ease with them. Another friend of mine, Wouter Brandsma, also shoots with a relatively simple double kit (GF1 & GRD3).
As a matter of fact, when you think about a lot of the great ones they didn’t seem preoccupied with gear. I don’t know if its a thing of
modern times with the proliferation of gear and sensor sizes.
Just a few years ago all sensors (film size) of 35mm were all the same and what varied was the shape and controls of that gear, in a way, and its strictly my contention, that things were a lot easier back then.
These days and I know at times I’ve become a slave to that gear myself but with time, 32 Weeks into this project, and a few good friends
supporting you, you learn a thing or two.
Josh’s post has struck a cord in me and in a very direct way, giving me another renewed sense of inspiration and in a way accepting the gear that I have (Canon 450D, GRD3, & LX5) and re channeling that focus into my vision ― a quotidian vision ― sketching and documenting life around me.