Did you know that if you put the word cri­tique into Google Trans­late it auto­mat­i­cal­ly rec­og­nizes it as French? Which makes sense, of course, but if you try and trans­late it to Eng­lish you get ‘crit­i­cal’. Not the vibe from this evening.

I know that there will come cri­tiques when the work is shred­ded, chewed up and dis­card­ed, but tonight’s “sam­pling” was received well-enough.

The ben­e­fits beyond the expect­ed were the future shar­ing of equip­ment and expand­ing the cir­cle of pho­tog­ra­ph­er acquaintances.

In oth­er news, a Polaroid shoot has been sched­uled for the Back Series on Wednes­day. Ter­ri­bly excited! More pho­tos to come, but every needs a lit­tle text break now and then, right?

State of Equipment

I opened my car trunk the oth­er day in front of a cowork­er and he exclaimed “You’ve got cam­eras on top of cameras!”

Got me think­ing about why I have all this equip­ment. And I do feel like I have jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for all the gear, in this sense of a slid­ing scale for it that goes from mon­ey-mak­ing to art-mak­ing. The dig­i­tal stuff is way on the mon­ey-mak­ing end — por­trait shoots, wed­dings, etc. Total­ly reward­ing and def­i­nite­ly the lucra­tive work. On the oth­er end is the 6x7, this mon­ster of a cam­era I’m just learn­ing to uti­lize. Beau­ti­ful work is com­ing from it, but very pos­si­bly will nev­er recoup its cost in sales of pieces from it. And the film 35mm set falls some­where in between.

Could I do all my work with one set of equip­ment? I don’t think so. Best chance would be with dig­i­tal, but that does­n’t seem like very much fun. Thus, I see a need for each set. So in a cir­cu­lar way, I feel jus­ti­fied in all the gear.

But what to do with all of it? I’m reach­ing a slow point in the event sea­son — no gigs booked after ear­ly Novem­ber until Feb­ru­ary or so. Time to see if I can clear out any equip­ment — I know I want to sell my 6x45 set. Redun­dant for sure with the 6x7 and my GA645. I’m look­ing for­ward to the time of reflec­tion, time for exam­i­na­tion of the year’s work.