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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Leica M3 with 21mm f3.4 Super Angulon lens and external finder
Heading back to the hotel after doing the October TCS feature shoot I spotted an older gentleman with this well worn M3 around his neck.
It was late afternoon and very hot out- he was easily in his mid 70’s and I always feel like I need to be careful when approaching older guys with cameras. I’m 6’4” (195cm) tall and it’s possible that the last thing any of them wants to experience is a foreigner towering over them saying “Hey that’s a real nice camera you have there…” but he noticed my MP with me and he grinned- “Well, that’s a good one, too”.
There’s something to appreciate in how he was out ambling around the city with this obviously treasured camera, complete with that grubby and gummy electrical tape holding down the external finder. We chatted a bit- he told me was coming back from a nearby park which he recommends for pictures. I snapped a few shots of his Leica and after we shook hands (a scene that ended up on page 179 of the Oct. 2012 issue of Nippon Camera) he headed slowly on down the street.