One Camera, One Film, What is Your Choice?
I was recently talking to a friend and I asked him if you had to pick one camera and one film to create with for the rest of your life, what would your choice be and why
The question is a little deeper than it may appear at first glance.
It may not be a practical question, but I think it can reveal some key points about where you may be creatively at this time. We live in times that a photographer has more choices and options, than any time before in history.
From my personal perspective, I am not sure the vast amount of choices and options we have today are producing work that is equal to our predecessors over the last 50 years in particular.
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That is a subjective view based on my personal biases, but it is one that I have formed over time. I could only hope that my prints today were half of the caliber of the masters like Adams, Penn, Strand, and others.
I have personally view prints by Irving Penn, Ansel Adams, Julia Margaret-Cameron, and many other famous photographers and I humbly must admit that my best work falls short when compared to these masters.
I would love to know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Camera: Ebony SW45 with 90, 150 and 300.
Film: Ilford FP4+
This would have to be a post-apocalyptic event, right? ; )
As tough as it would be to part ways with various cameras and formats, I'd have to agree with Scott Davis in his choice of a Rolleiflex 2.8. I've always felt burdened by lots of camera gear, and that camera is compacted down to what is simple and basic. I think the unencumbered, non-interchangeable lens commitment makes for a truer photography, at least for me. Oh, and Ilford HP5.
I'd miss my homemade pinholes, though. Maybe I could fashion a pinhole for the Rollei... hmmm, gotta get to work on that!
Interesting question and hard for me to answer. It all depends as to where I am in my learning quest. Right now, it would be my wet plate 11x11 camera and film choice would be Old Workhorse collodion mix. 10 years ago my answer would have been the Hassy with Trix. Before that, Leica rangefinder and Trix.
Today? My Pentax 645 with 45mm, 75mm and 150mm, and Ektar 100 film. Scans great, wide latitude and converts to B&W well.
Future? Crown Graphic 4x5 with ?? film, still working that out! Using Arista EDU to work out system kinks, hope to switch to Ektar or Velvia as end product.
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