Land and Sea diptych 2020
I don’t like to come on spend much time talking about cameras anymore. There’s a whole glut of camera collectors posing as photographers on here and everywhere really, and because a couple years ago I decided that I needed to chose if I was a photographer or a collector, I don’t really like to talk about the tools more than the art. That said, this diptych is exactly the reason I bought my Olympus Pen FT. Collecting old film cameras is a lot of fun, and having some big collection is really neat too, but the reality is that I can only shoot one at a time and in keeping with a mostly minimal lifestyle having one camera per format is what I’ve decided to stick with. I’m not super strict about it, I shoot all my medium format on my Hasselblad but I’m on the hunt for Pentax 67 or 645 possibly medium format with autofocus, so there’s some room in between. So while the Olympus Pen is a 35mm camera it is also half frame, and I bought it because I wanted to shoot with the idea that each frame is related to the next, or perhaps not and regardless see what happens when I put the frames in groups of 2’s, 3’s, or even 4’s. Typically my Olympus is used more like a visual journal, there’s always film in this camera and with 70 plus frames I’m far less picky about what I’m shooting. In the two years I’ve had this camera it’s the one that’s told my life story. My full frame 35mm and Medium format is the curated edit, while the Olympus is everything in between. The camera is so much more than a novelty, the only limit is its smaller frame size and thus... you know... lower resolution. But this is the camera I pick up and and experiment with, I take lots of stupid shots with this camera, like both of these images, but sometimes if you put two stupid shots together you might just get something special like this.
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