If you want to change your photographs, you need to change cameras. Changing cameras means that your photographs will change. A really good camera has something I suppose you might describe as its own distinctive aura.
-- Nobuyoshi Araki
I don’t think about what camera I should use that much. I just pick up the one that looks nicest on the day
-- William Eggleston
Cameras are wonderful little contraptions.
By making photographs, they are tools with which one can express their personal taste and private sensibilities. At the same time they physically exist as expressions of these same concepts. The relationship one has with their cameras affects their approach to making a picture.
People who shoot film simply do because they choose to, and the Photo Culture of Tokyo is full of film camera users. When I meet them out on the streets I ask to photograph their camera, and usually post it here the same day. All of the photos were shot with a Ricoh GRDII. I trust that this irony is not lost on anyone.
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I’m happy to announce that I will be holding an exhibition of my work shot in my home state of Nebraska at Totem Pole Photo Gallery from Tuesday, October 23rd to Sunday, November 4th. Half of the show will feature twenty 16x20 prints first exhibited at the Nikon Salon in 2005 entitled Nebraska, the Good Life, with another twenty or so 11x14 prints of work shot during my recent trips home over the past few summers.
The Nebraska series was an important step in my development as a photographer. In 2002 I returned to my hometown after a year studying abroad with the particular photographic intensity and curiosity I developed in Japan, intact. Almost a decade later, these Nebraska pictures continue to interest me. Paring them with recent work should make for a good show.
The gallery is open from noon to 7pm, daily. Hope to see you there.