I suppose in my time as a photographer I have engaged in street photography, landscapes, seascapes, glamour, commercial, corporate, weddings, bands, portraiture and lordy knows what else.
A swag of equipment fills two bags in my home office.
A rather large, once the battery grip is attached, Canon DSLR, top of the range (and bulky) Canon flash unit, 5 different lenses including a 10mm - 20mm Sigma wide angle, various filters such as a 10stop ND and enough various gadgets and spare batteries to almost fill an FJ ute.
I mention this because while recently preparing for the road trip mentioned in the previous post on this blog, it took two days to charge all the batteries and spare batteries for my gear, plus the big decision, what to bring along.
Now, bear with me while I go back a step or two.
Ever since I purchased the Samsung Note 8 I have been more and more intrigued, fascinated and challenged by what I can get out of a super mobile camera, how quickly I can process them in photo apps, and again how quickly I can get them online via social media or any other forum.
If I had to pick one genre of photography to shoot for the rest of my life, it would be street photography.
So then I asked myself, how conducive to what I want to shoot as an artist, is a large, bulky kit of lenses, camera body and various accessories? Not very says I.
How much more consistent, creative and exciting would photography be for me if I had the option to capture anything I see, any time of the day or any day of the week in fantastic quality shots? In comparison to lugging around a back-pack and having to change lenses, sounds like heaven.
I have a fear that photography has almost become more about the gear you have, and less about the creativity and spontaneity of the true art of photography.
I wonder what opportunities would surface if you had a quality camera on you every single time you left home, what would present itself to you as potential art?
Based on these thoughts I have made a decision.
No more shooting on a full-blown DSLR for me!
I am currently waiting for the in-store arrival of the latest Panasonic Lumix TZ220. Once I have that, it shall live in my pocket and it shall be with me to record life, history, drama and joy close to 24 hours a day.
Yes, a rather drastic change, but I am so excited to see how this changes my subjects and photography style in general. Going from having to pack a kit and plan a shoot, to having it all in one pocket and photographing what pops up ad hoc is really motivating me right now.
For those into cameras, the video below will give you a good overview of what I am buying.
Would be interested to hear the thoughts of others on making such a dramatic change in focus, pun intended.