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 spent an afternoon last weekend shooting around Yasukuni Shrine with my good friend Dave Hendley who is in town for a few days from London. Dave runs Central Saint Martins Camera Style and has been posting some great photos on his own personal tumblr, too: davehendley.tumblr.com
That’s his M6 and Spotmatic F in the pic above with my MP during a break in shooting. You see that little compact camera off to the left and are probably thinking “NO WAY, is that the 1986 European Camera of the year?” Why yes, yes it is. This Canon Autoboy 3 cost me 540 yen at a junk shop in Shimokitazawa last week and has a databack that has the option to spell out the first three letters of each month instead of just imprinting a number. That’s pretty neat.