I’m in the on-deck circle waiting to go live. I’m carbo-loading, in deep meditation and formalizing the 10,000-word essay I’ve memorized and committed to gray matter. My first YouTube film was about using one lens while working on a project/workshop in Albania.
The gear discussion is so tired and so lame and so reserved for those who don’t really make serious pictures, so I have no interest in discussing photography equipment in the traditional sense. I will, however, talk about the results I achieved by committing to simplicity. I have the printed piece to prove it.
One of the best photographers I know uses a single lens and a camera that has to be at least sixty years old. He gets it retuned every five years or so. You don’t know him and you never will. He has no interest in you knowing him. He has no social, no website and no interest in being a photographer. A Magnum photographer, who was in communication with him, encouraged him to submit to the agency because he thought there was a good chance he would be accepted. His reply, “I’m good.” When I speak with him, and these discussions go back to the mid-1990s, we never talk about these things, and we especially never talk about our cameras. It’s embarrassing to even think about doing this. We talk images. We talk prints. We talk books. We talk experience.