Simplicity has changed us. It helped us think deeper.
All of a sudden our pocketable smartphone becomes the most accessible camera ever. It is photographer’s dream to be able to shoot wherever they’re, whenever they can. Even for me, I shoot even I’m not in the mood of getting any. It’s just so easy. I use it as an opportunity to exercise my vision. The smartphone camera is the smartest thing ever, it does not have the best control in it, image quality is just fine. I wouldn’t count on it for anything other than casual snaps. Yet, it’s somehow expressive in a way how I slow myself down to indulge in each given scene.
Truthfully reflecting our inner self is what I believe the purpose of one’s photography.
I would not try doing unasked headshot portraits with my phone. It’s just too intrusive here (considering all the social networks), more than a DSLR if you ask me. Other than that, I’d try doing anything with my phone. It’s a sketch to my other framework. I recognize myself do not look so pro when shooting with a (android) phone, fact is I’m not even using an iPhone with more apps to control. Screw it, I get what I need and I call them my photographs.
When I’m satisfied, I know I’m on the right track. See my previous post Raining at the hospital. There were a few shots I really love. That’s satisfaction.
Famous Photographer Daido Moriyama is known for his unique photographic sense on basically anything. He shoots on film with his GR21. His GR21 is considered the last era of compact film camera. While he’s still doing his work in black and white on film, there’re signs of him playing with digital photography. Although I would imagine in my own preconception that, he’s not so good with computer of his generation; and I never seen him showing his computer in his apartment. How could someone that only use film camera could develop photos digitally with LR, Nik Silver Efex, etc???
We see digital photography have become part of our lives. We carry camera phones with us wherever we go. I, myself love snapping random photos off the street, buildings, anything and post it on Instagram. I’m sure this is a very amateur way to do serious photography. But when I think of it, Moriyama san style is basically shooting in a similar manner. Anything he sees interesting and appeal to his eyes, he snaps it.
I have heard about how people actually process mobile photos in their phones (especially with the iPhone apps). I could totally picture Moriyama san shooting photos with an iPhone and process them in the phone the way he want it (perhaps with a tailored app for his black and white development). He would have far more photos taken at his disposal than ever!
Perhaps someone had already let him try a toy like that in his photo sessions. I think it’d be fun to see how he snaps photos with it.
I ordered my first book by Daido Moriyama today. It’s the most recommended ‘The world thru my eyes’. Along together with more books by Andreas Herzau. I found out today in his blog post, he actually own a FujiX100! He commented in german and said the camera is compact but operate in a weird way. Everything else flows like water (umm…yea translated from Google).
Traveling to a new district or even just a location you do not pass by daily allows us to pay more attention to the surroundings. Lately I’d been stuck in the few districts doing my shoot. It’s near by my workplace and home. I got lazy.
I’m a ninja, samurai wannabe
This weekend It was simply wasted. I worked OT on saturday without paid or compensation. And Sunday I supposed to go to cemetery with my family, it rained and got canceled. Thanks to the rain really. I was literally dragging myself home on saturday. I slept in..no..I slept almost half the day to rest. That’s how tired I was. I did go out to shoot photos for two hours though. Photography keeps me moving!
So about this series. I visited Jordan in Kowloon prior to work. I found the area near the Nathan Road to be a great location to explore. There’re so many streets and people are hanging out there most of the time. I’ll just put it this way, there’re more things going on here than the districts I usually travel to for photography.
My gear with me that day was just my GRD due to the weight I’m already carrying to work. I’m trying to get back to my X100 lately. I’ll shoot some with it during weekdays. I’m so fascinated with Andreas Herzau’s shooting style. I’m not sure what gear he’s using. I’m guessing a Leica M film rangefinder and a 30-35mm lens. I really don’t care about what equipment he’s using. His expressive focus method motivated me to use my X100 to learn from him. It’s not easy at all. I have no idea how he accurately focus on his subject (usually at the back) while the entire scene is moving (especially the foreground subjects are too). He often found the gaps and angles to get his shot done. He’s not using small aperture in his work. My rough guess is that, he should be using between f3.0-5.0 in his photos. They’re very visual appealing. I want to see his other works from books. I’m planning to order all his books on Amazon once I got my pay cheque of this month.
Reading Jockey paper
Exploration is far greater than repeat visitation. There’s still much to see and explore by me in the city. I just have to constantly look for it.
Jade Market welcomes you
The Jade Market is one new spot that I have only seen on TV.
The Middle Easterners
Minorities are gathering along the Nathan Road. Seeing different ethnic communities in Hong Kong makes me feel like i’m at an actual international city. There’s one thing for sure, I love their food..
Watching the lives of everyone.
A case of beer on the ground.
I could tell I’m far more selective during my photo shoot. That’s a good thing isn’t it!