(PHOTO – London – March 2013 – X100s)
Straight out of the camera.
The gap between life in the south lands of Italy and the UK.
I confess. I gave into G.A.S. – big time! Here she is:
Yeah… Big time! This is without a doubt my biggest purchase since I started (photography). Of course it doesn’t compare to the money I spent in time on my other gear but as a one time purchase it literally shreds all the rest.
So what made me do it? I know, a few posts back I said I was fine, no need for extra gear and that 8 buck 29mm lens for my Pentax completed me… (And it did BTW! I shot 3 rolls and currently on my fourth here in London). But I really wanted something valid in my hands when I’m on my everyday-instant-result-shooting. And I’m done with big, clumsy, invasive and noisy gear that the world of DSLRs has made us used to. In the past few weeks I’ve been reading nothing but awesome reviews about this little camera and I really wanted to break away. Probably my last time in the southern Italy town-exploring conviced me. I was with my 1000d ( worthy warrior for several years) but felt very limited. I felt clumsy, heavy, and started to notice (by reading reviews of the x100s) all that I could never achieve with that gear. I know, it sounds dumb but I bind this some lucky (and heavily earned) combinations in my life right now that gave the economic possibility to make the purchase and I told to my self “Fuck it – I deserve this!” and went for it.
I’ve spent a few days shooting here in London with it (I also brought my Pentax spotmatic F which I will never leave in a corner if a trip comes along), I have yet to see the shots on my laptop buy to put it in Zack arias’ words “this camera sees in the dark!”
OK I’m out. I’m in a pub on my second beer with no bathroom break and I really gotta go – Talk to you later!
Move some things out of the way, and make just enough some space to make yourself comfortable.
Get back to what you used to like or at least you think you do. Tonight’s different or probably it just feels like it but some things change, not really for the best but a turning point nonetheless. You would’ve probably thought it was going to be more of a curve, a 90 degrees or even a 180 – like the ones you’re used to. Probably more a 20. Those kind of turns don’t really change things much, they just shuffle, but still it’s a different direction than before. Should you embrace the change? You learned you have to, rather than fight it. It’s still a change and you might as well accept it. You thought it would bring you back to the things you liked and appreciated: friends, love, company, time going by and appreciating. You might still have those things but you have to find them in this 20 degree turn that you find yourself into and nobody knows what happens besides you. You’ll have time to clear up and think about this or you’re probably going to slide with the turn, accept it and go on. Sounds like a plan.
Quick translation for future me – I was growing the dream to go back home, but reality (good business decisions) proved to dominate what I thought was my chance. So I’m going to stay down south for awhile, maybe travel a bit more, maybe find a better house, maybe learn to like this place a little more. It is my home address at the end of the day…
The picture pretty much sums up my state of mind right now – there’s still a lot to climb to get to the top.