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.
These photos are meant for sharing. By all means, re-blog away. Clicking on the images will present you with a version 1000 pixels wide to further enjoy.
I mentioned the other day that I heard that photographic film makes up 1% of Fujifilm’s entire business- here’s an article from the Japanese economic news site Toyo Keizai from January, 2011 that specifically talks about Fuji’s declining film sales.
The data above is a breakdown of Fujifilm’s business- the graph on the left is from 2000, and the one on the right is data from 2010. The red section is film sales. Even in 2000 film only made up 19% of their business- down to 1.5% in 2010.
The orange section next to “film” is Digital Camera sales- 7% in 2000 but 4.8% in 2010. It would be interesting to see if their current X-Series lineup has added growth in this department.