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
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
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 900 pixels wide to further enjoy.
There are some people who spend a lot of time arguing the finer technical points of the latest and greatest lenses and digital camera bodies with strangers on internet forums. It is important to keep in mind that the only camera or lens these people believe is worth shooting is the one that is rumored to be released next year.
Mr. Yamuchi shoots black and white film with manual focus Nikons and and wears the leather covering down through to the chassis of his camera. Photographically the 35mm f2.8 you see here is as basic as dirt on a farm.
Some people use $10,000 worth of camera and lenses and computers to shoot HDR snaps of an old barn which they toss on Flickr. (shrunk to 500 pixels across, of course).
Mr. Yamauchi has published 10 books worth of his street photography and consistently exhibits his own prints in solo exhibitions in Tokyo.