The Invisible Camera

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  1. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Pictor's recent post on the Joy of Photography, an excellent insight mind you, got me thinking on the whys and wherefores of my own work and gear choices.
    The very first photographer whose work impressed me came from an unknown history book that showed the movers and shakers of pre-WW2 Europe relaxed and candid.
    Shot by an Erich Salomon using an Ermanox camera with a stunningly fast F2 lens.
    Erich Salomon - fotografie z lat 1928-1938
    Erich Salomon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Ermanox - Antique and Vintage Cameras
    He did this with relatively huge and heavy camera, tedious to focus, sloooow plates and had to sneak in to shoot.
    But his work resonates
    This spurred a deep interest in me in photography as a record of our world.
    Esp a candid record. I started with a Minox 35 and then graduated to an OM-1 with the 50mm F1.8.
    Joining some camera clubs and competing I moved away from this candid, street, documentary style and more towards fine art B&W.
    Eventually I shot with a Rollei 2.8 exclusively and printed on Oriental Seagull.
    But my heart ached at technically perfect but otherwise empty imagery and I left the clubs and got my Konica Hexar AF and started with imaging people and places most never see or want to see.
    My heart stopped hurting so much and I was content.
    Fast forward 10 years and I got my first digital; a Coolpix S5.
    Convenient and fun.
    I moved through a wide range of gear loving them all but keenly aware of intruding on others, most of my gear is not that low key.
    Then I got my Ricoh GR Digital.
    Superb controls
    Incredible in-camera B&W
    I shot more with than camera than ANY other till it died
    I missed it so much I could not bring myself to replace it with the later versions.
    Then I got the XZ-1.
    Incredible lens
    The jpegs have issues but in RAW it sings.
    I find myself using it wide-open and at low ISO's
    Like Salomon was forced to, but I choose to.
    I do not shoot mover-and-shakers.
    I seldom shoot people these days, though that is changing.
    And once again I move closer to my heart.
    The Pendulum Swings
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Thanks for the peek into your photographic journey.
  3. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    What a cool post. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Irenaeus

    Irenaeus Regular

    Apr 2, 2011
    wonderfully revealing, insightful, interesting and helpful. I loved my Minox 35 until I foolishly traded it for what seemed to be an immediately necessary snowblower. Not in the market for a new one right now. but you make me interested in trying the YZ-1.

    for the record, though, if you're thinking about Salomon's remarkable banquet pictures, my understanding is that he didn't have to sneak in but was actually a member of that social circle.

    may our hearts be enabled, not confused or distressed, by our vision and our tools...
  5. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Thanks :)
    I still have a Minox, shutter died though :(
    As to Dr. Salomon see this
    Comesaa - news agency/stock photo library
    by a member of his family
    He was mild mannered, socially adept and very astute
  6. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    thank you :)
  7. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX