Oh yeah…..Caress of Steel tour. These are the boys….!!!
New Year resolutions and myself are not best friends. It’s not that I have no staying power or that I’m distracted easily - though, from time to time, those things happen - it’s that sometimes I just realise that what I’d decided to do wasn’t the best choice at that point. And I don’t see any benefit in chasing lost causes.
My parents got me a camera for my 13th birthday in 1974. I’d been fixated with my father’s Rolleiflex for years but, rightly, he wouldn’t let me near it. Once I had my own camera, an Edixaflex 35mm with a waist-level finder, I was elated and I’ve been a keen photographer ever since.
My family was far from affluent. What we had was hard-earned and was treasured, However, as a teen in the late 1970’s, I started to covet the latest camera technology from Nikon, Canon and Olympus. About that time, I was lucky to get a few paid gigs shooting weddings etc. which funded acquisition of an OM1 and OM2n and, later, a swap to Canon with an A1.
Then, despite working for many years, I still couldn’t afford the kit I really wanted - always other priorities. However, in the last few years since the decline in popularity of film, I’ve been able to afford to splurge a bit, trying out a number of cameras after which I’d always lusted. Some, like a Rolleiflex, proved to be something I’ve wanted to keep. Others, my Leica kit for instance, produced beautiful end results but, for some reason, I never really “bonded” with it.
Anyway, little by little, I’m paring down my kit with a trade here and a trade there. Like many “photographers of a certain age” I have too much kit and the extended choices that allows can still be a distraction.
I doubt I’ll ever be down to one body and a couple of lenses (certainly not by choice) but, during 2014, I intend to get to a point where I have one of each “type” of camera - e.g. one MF SLR, One TLR, one panoramic, etc.
So, for anyone else looking to break the “GAS” (gear acquisition syndrome) cycle, good luck and be brave. If my theory works, we’ll all feel happier for it, shoot more and shoot better.
Best wishes to everyone for a healthy, happy and secure 2014.