The Time Traveller
The Empire Strikes Back
This follows on from my last post, in which I discuss Eric Kim’s excellent blog post: How to be Happy in All Circumstances in Photography. Eric didn’t just discuss happiness in relationship to Gear constraints. He also discusses happiness in photography, in relation to other constraints such as location and available time.
We don’t all live in a Mecca of Street Photography, such as New York. I’ve been guilty of this one myself. I live in the sticks, the provinces. Crap end of the English Fens. Not exactly urban decay. And yet, what an idiot that makes me. Who said that Street needs to be urban big-city? When I open my eyes, I’m living on the edge of a small town that has clearly seen better, more lucrative times, when it was a port on the Wash. In addition to the local decay, the town is full of local English characters, blending nicely next to crowds of recent immigrants from across the European Union. I have tonnes of local material, who needs New York? I can capture history, I can try to capture the feeling and atmosphere of small town provincial Eastern England.
The point is to enjoy doing this. To make photography fun, hopefully sometimes creative or aesthetic, but also to have fun. Some people might feel the need to buy the latest Canikon fullframe DSLR, complete with a suitcase of lenses, and of course, a whopping big Canikon emblazoned camera back pack. But do they really have more fun than I do with my battered 50p Olympus XA2 pocket camera and home developed b/w film?
This is kind of leading me to that other sought after thing – personal style. I feel that a lot of people miss out on this point. They are often subconsciously directed by the media, to produce the same sort of images as each other. Shiny, sharp, beautiful colours. Heavy post process software manipulation – you can see where many follow the same guides and tutorials from the same magazines and websites. Maybe I’m being unfair to criticise this school of photography. Perhaps because I am such an untidy, messy, archaic person in Life – this messiness and imperfection shows in my photography. I simply can not be bothered with creating the perfect still photography.
So that is my style – as I am. Messy, politically conscious, interested in people, and of course tight fisted. All photographs on this post taken with the battered 50p Olympus XA2 pocket camera and bathroom developed b/w 35mm film.