Footsteps – A quick look back at 2011



Footsteps, originally uploaded by bang*.

Day 362 / 365

Time for a little reflection on the blog perhaps.
One of those lovely little scenes, a fleeting moment gone before it’s even been realised, an in-between, a side note, an off beat. These are the things I find fill the world with beauty. To compose and play with light, line and form within these moments is where I find myself.

Olympus PEN, e-p2, 20mm

So this is a little reminder to myself of a good little debate I had on here with some of you earlier this year.

I’ll probably do a full 2011 review early in the new year but for now here’s a few thoughts.

I like to look back over this years posts to see where my head was at various parts of this project. I’ve learnt a great deal from analysing my process and work methods. I’ve had personal break throughs and pushed through quite a number of barriers I’d seemingly had in my mind and in my career. To be honest I’m pretty happy with how things have gone in 2011. I’m still kicking myself in the rear for not pushing and hustling prior to now but I’m happy I finally am.
Quite a lot has happened this year, equipment changes, training, break throughs, realisations, contacts made, clients dropped, better clients found, publication.
On the equipment thing, this is one of the things I may go through in a post too. As a photographer I often find my inner geek bouncing against my inner creative. The geek desires shiny cameras with fancy functions and super awesome lenses and such, the artist just wants to go make photographs. This year has had me spending time listening to both voices and giving both slightly more freedom than before. The artist got to go shoot everyday without a brief or expectation, the geek got to play with a hell of a lot of new gear. Here’ a very brief list of the equipment which has been in or out of the bag this year;

Canon 1Dii, 1Diii, 85mm f1.2L, EF 24-105mm f4 L, EF 135mm f2 L
Olympus E-PL2, E-P2
Panasonic 20mm f1.7 (twice), 14mm f2.5 (pft!)
Leica D-Lux 4
Leica DigiLux 2
Fuji X100
Yashica MG-1, Mat 124G
Lordomat
Bronica ETRSi

Some of this is staying, some more may be going.
Oh and I have a little something else coming. Something rather special. Something I’ve desired for quite some time and I’d promised myself an end of 365 gift, this is that. More on that when it arrives.

What have a learnt from all this equipment?
Sometimes we get so caught up in the “how” and the “what with” that we lose the real question of “why?”.
Plus a whole lot of other lessons which I’ll save for later too.

All i’m going to say for now is it really doesn’t matter what you use just go enjoy making photographs. Just try and be true to your passion and your vision, don’t be sidelined by others vision or by marketing sparkle.

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