Let me begin by telling you how much I hate the sentence “You don’t need an expensive camera to make good images.”.
When I was just beginning it used to make me crazy every time a professional photographer – who normally uses professional, expensive cameras – said this because it just sounded a bit hypocrite to me.
If you don’t need an expensive camera why do you have one? Is it status? Is it to show that you are in fact a professional photographer by just showing your professional camera? Is it a matter of consumerism?
In some cases it may be all of this, and some photographers are complete gear addicts with severe cases of Gear Acquisition Syndrome. And that’s one of the reasons why it’s important to remind those who often get obsessed with equipment of this.
But despite the fact that I do understand the meaning of the sentence and it’s relevance, I just don’t like the way it’s phrased because it sounds kind of insulting to one’s intelligence.
The thing is, the camera is an object, a mean to an end, so the camera you use and/or need depends of the end result you are looking for. Therefor, you do need an expensive camera if the work you do requires one.
But did my photos magically improved the minute I bought the Canon 5D Mark II?
Did they get better?
Well, in time they did but that’s because I practiced and studied and improved in my craft.
But was that because of the expensive camera?
They did get sharper, with better optical quality and allowed me to make bigger prints.
But would I need any of that if my work didn’t required it? Or if my clients were looking for a film photographer?
No I wouldn’t.
So today I would like to share the work of the Miroslav Tichý.
I became acquainted with his work a few years ago while having a discussion about equipment with a professor. When he told me that there was a photographer who took nearly a hundred photographs a day with his homemade camera I was immediately fascinated by him.
To me, he was reclaiming the power of the photographer as the creator of the images and taking it away from the equipment. It was a breath of fresh air in this often tech obsessed area – which is funny because when you see the video below the last thing on your mind will be fresh air.
As I’m getting more and more interested in film photography and , my love for Miroslav doesn’t fade, and it doesn’t matter how many great photographers I discover that have found creative ways to use historical photographic methods, Miroslav will always be the voyer of my heart !
So I hope you enjoy the video, the photos, and that you can feel inspired to grab creativity by the balls.
Via Messy Nessy and Fstoppers
- The art of peeping: photography at the limits of privacy (theguardian.com)
- new camera! (luminous-photography.blogspot.com)
- A Photographer’s Baggage . “Konstrukting” the Konstruktor (aisaaraujo.com)