As I am wondering what is around the curve for my photography, I have been revisiting many of my older pictures, and reworking some of them. At the moment I am looking at some of the minimalist images that I have made. At one time I considered only making minimalist style images, mostly in monochrome but also color. I might try to focus more on minimalism as I blog through the coming winter, but I will still “mix it up” and make different images. This will still probably be one outlet for my need for change.
In essence, what I have been doing is continually discovering, leaving, then returning to, certain core ideas as I kept changing. Preferring minimalist images is one, and preferring the convenience and simplicity of photographing with one prime lens at a time is another. By one at a time I mean going out with only one prime lens and looking for images that work with the chosen focal length. On another day I might chose to go out with a different prime lens. This method of photographing works best for me since it minimizes the weight and need to use one hand to adjust the focal length with zoom lenses. I use a cane when walking and I need to do as much as I can with one hand on the camera. When I stop I often hang the cane from one arm so I can still use both hands on the camera to change the aperture and hold the camera still, but not having to think about also zooming the lens is a help in simplifying the photography.
The above doesn’t mean that I don’t use zoom lenses. I still use a couple of zoom lenses when I am photographing activities here at Homewood when I am mostly photographing in a crowded room and can’t move around much or/and when I can’t get close enough.
One other core, or fundamental issue with me has been the weight of the camera-lens combination. I have finally stopped trying to find the lightest camera that I could. The desire for greater image quality, control ergonomics, and capabilities kept driving me back to the slightly heavier, larger, and better cameras. I have found that the Fujifilm X-Pro2 camera is the best compromise for me and I plan to stick with it as I go forward. There will be no camera changes in the near future as I go around the curve.
Another thing that I have gone back to is my very first Domke camera strap that I bought. I have tried sling straps, wrist straps, and various neck or shoulder straps, but I am now using just the one-inch Domke gripper strap. I still would like to occasionally use a wrist strap but I got tired of changing straps back and forth, so I now use one neck/shoulder strap. I have it shortened to a compromise length that lets me use it around my neck when photographing an event but can still hang it from one shoulder when walking, or for the rare times that I need to hold the camera further away from my body, I can wrap the strap around my arm.
Settling on my camera gear has been the easiest part. I am still at a loss for finding and deciding on what I am going to photograph for my personal photography. I will still be photographing activities, events, and scenes for internal Homewood use, but that is not enough for me. I still need to make pictures where I can be more creative with my processing. I might just be attempting to make minimalist images of common everyday items around where I live.