So you may have noticed it went a little quiet around here last week, that was due to me taking a long overdue break from it all. Nothing clears away the stresses from a photographers life like going to a new place and making . . . um . . . .photographs. Some may question why I didn’t just put the cameras down and take a full no photos break. Well to those who ask that I simply say making photographs is how I deal with the world, it’s what I do, it is essentially me. I journal, I collect, I make memories, I recycle light. Without it I fear what I may become, with it I feel I may express my vision of the world to those who may care to view it.
So with that said, to the trip.
I’d decided that it was going to be one of an almost zen like quality, I’d decided that I was only going to use film. To me this is unplugging, letting go of the instant gratification of digital, letting go of all the modern tech crammed into cameras these day to “aid” in our visual expression. What I had was what you see above.
A bag into which the following was poured each morning;
40mm f2 / 15mm f4.5
Mucho mucho film for both cameras
Plus the needed everyday bits and bobs.
I managed to munch through a fair amount of the film I took with me (and almost panic bought some emergency Portra 400 when I stumbled upon a glorious find of a camera emporium). A little note on FotoSkoda, this is probably Pragues largest camera store (if not the whole Czech Republic) I’ve been in some pretty impressive stores before but this place was a proverbial gold mine of goodies, just a shame the exchange rate meant that the prices are higher than back home.
Anyway much fun was had and I’m currently waiting on a few more rolls being dev’ed and piecing together my collection for prints.
However to keep you wanting more here are a few likely candidates to make the final cut.
The selects from which my final series of prints from the Budapest series will be formed.
Real prints, the only way to edit for publication/exhibition.
First photographs I’ve had printed from the X100 also, beautiful, just beautiful.
If you’ve ever pondered what my editing process is like when selecting finals for print exhibition, galleries or publication, this is kind of the final stage. Narrow down and cull and edit the edit until I’ve around four times too many prints still. Then print actual physical copies and stick them to a wall. Now I can mix, remove and juggle them to my hearts content for a few days until I get a combination which I’m totally happy with. By leaving them where I can see them I get a better understanding of which photographs go together to form the strongest cohesive series.
This photograph shows the beginning of the end of the Budapest series selection, shouldn’t be long now. I thought I’d give you a sneaky peek though.
Another potential for the series, bold colours and simple composition.
A lot of the simplest photographs from the series were made in the old town of Buda. The streets were almost deserted, I guess that’s what led me to create such simple compositions, to give a sense of the peaceful tranquility.
This one has made the final series of photographs for print.
In fact it’s being printed by the good people at theprintspace as I write this.
Yes I’ll be renewing my online galleries once I’ve finished putting the series together, just give me a week to be sure I’m happy with the final photographs. I’m also (already) changing up a few things with regards sales and printing after getting through the initial bedding in process last week.
A hint towards the series I produced during the trip.
Follow the white kitty.
I guess I’ll be putting some thoughts down on the Fuji X100 in the coming days also. I’m growing less and less interested in “gear” and cameras lately, perhaps that’s a sign that I’m settled and happy with the kit I now have. Having said that I did wander into a couple of camera shops while in Hungary to look over the HUGE selection of old film cameras they had. Things of beauty, all chrome and black vulcanite leather. It’s a camera geeks fantasy, luckily as I say I’m not in the market at the moment, it’s all about the image and the craft for me these days.