Lots going on with the move of course. Haven't been shooting much lately. Leica is in for a quick repair and everything else is packed.
The photo to the left was made on Halloween 2004. Yes, almost 12 years ago. What would the odds have been that I could have located this negative from that long ago, still in original condition, back in the film days? Slim to none I figure. If not published or otherwise preserved for posterity it would have been gone forever.
I've been making a list of observations lately...here are two:
1) I miss film and fixer, mechanical cameras, enlargers and the days when technical know-how was needed to make it all work.
2) However, I’m dreadfully allergic to the chemicals now, and also revel daily at how the digital workflow allows me to get a print that reflects exactly what I saw in my mind’s eye.
Front and back covers of my new book: Photographs - Winter 2016
Below is a gallery of images from the book...available here!
Heading up to New Hampshire tomorrow. It will be a quick trip, but look forward to seeing the familiar side roads and horizons.
What a terrific start to February. Lots of heavy, wet flakes. Wind. Sea. Marvelous.
Last year winter was just this benign as I recall.
It was our first year in Newport and we were looking forward to vacation off the coast of Mexico coming up. A bit this different this year...not weather-wise, which has been great so far, but in that we do have a little one scheduled to arrive next week. That's going to be a change. :)
Below is a short gallery of images from this morning.
Here's to new beginnings!
After years of hauling a full-frame DSLR around I've made the decision to put it up for a while and shoot exclusively with a pocket camera.
Admittedly though, this is not just any ol' point-n-shoot. It's a Leica D-Lux [Type 109].
As you may know, in addition to their iconic rangefinder uber-cameras Leica has been making pocket and compact cameras for some years now, some with fixed prime lenses and others with variable focal length fixed lenses.
The advantages to going with one of their pocket models are many. Many dollars, that is.
I shot years ago with a 35mm M3 and a single 50mm f2 lens and absolutely loved it...in fact, that very camera is still up in New Hampshire, and I truly hope to re-purchase it someday soon. When I do, this new D-Lux will document the whole trip.
So, what is the goal here? I think it's a mostly a move back to simplicity. One camera, one lens [although a zoom], probably manual focus, probably B&W only, and most importantly it will always be at hand.
In the past I have babied all of my gear to the point that when reselling it I could always claim 'like new, not a scratch, dent, or ding'.
That's likely not going to be the case here. This is a user. I hope to have it over the shoulder or on the car seat at all times...dings and dents be damned. We'll see if it's up to the wear and tear. Depending on how things go I may finally move over to an M9 and a few lenses and be done with the huge DSLRs for good.
Until then, of course, if a job comes up that demands it I'll pull the big guns out of storage. And if I feel too limited with the 109, the same. Don't think that's what's going to happen though.
I'll let you know.
Looking forward to an interesting 2016!
[Edit: Interesting to see my post from exactly two years ago, where I say "Still looking for the digital replacement for my beloved M3." Ha! Looks like I've found it! http://chrisstump.com/1/archives/01-2014/1.html]
Morning light on First Beach, Newport
Had a wonderful discussion with David of http://www.starsandlighthouses.com/ today. He's doing great work, and has applied for a major grant in order to continue the project. Technically and aesthetically his work is amazing, and as a former sailor I have a real appreciation for what he's doing. Godspeed David!
Thoughts and musings on the photographic process.