This photo shows 8 of the 11 cameras I still own. I moved 18,000 kilometres home in a short space of time and had to jettison some clutter. My favourite cameras survived and lived in storage and have recently been brought home by my dedicated Dad.
For the last 8 months I have lived on a photo-regime of: Canon EOS 650 (f) and Nikonos III. I have really enjoyed these cameras, the Nikonos was my first foray into underwater photography and the EOS 650 with pancake 40mm is an utter joy: easy to carry, delightful to use, luscious results.
However, of late, my photo output has stalled. Asides from a sponsored vacation to Vanuatu (thanks Jim and Viv!) I have photographed very little of the last 3 months. I am unsure if this is my recognised (and previously addressed in this blog) dislike and unease of winter light. I am also unsure if it is just that I tired of using the same camera, every week.
I have found myself hovering at my old haunts, places I normally score: charity tat shops, antique and kitsch stores, eBay, dropped hints around family and friends… I have been trying to get the hit of re-inspiration from a new camera, or at least the freshening of the senses from a change in camera.
And then, they came home (L-R): MPP Microcord, EOS 300D (with Zuiko adapters), EOS 3000 (f), Olympus OM1, Pentax Superzoom, Voigtländer Vito, Baldmatic I, Fed 1. (Not pictured: Canon EOS 650 (f), Nikonos III, Fuji Instax Mini 7s.
And at their arrival, I have felt a welling of creativity and an effuse outpouring - tonight I shot a roll of FP4 in the Microcord - a roll in under 2 hours. Tomorrow I will trim a leader and load my Fed. When I am feeling brave I will finally test the latest in a long line of Baldamatics - and if or when I tire of all of this, it might just be next winter.