The more photographs I take, the more I sell, the more I think that what I use to create them is irrelevant. OK, a bit rich from someone who has many £1000's worth of Leica gear sitting on his camera shelf. But that's a choice, it's a brand I like very much and one I think is special, both currently and historically. So, in recent times I've been going out the door with something that has a red dot on the front of it and something that makes phone calls. Yes I'm now a Leica and smartphone photographer.
But above all I'm a photographer and one who likes to experiment, to try something different in terms of gear and someone who values the images I create a lot more than showing off my gear. Because, most of the time, I hide what I'm using. My Leica's aren't hanging round my neck with the logo prominently displayed, most of time they are in my hand ready for action. Ready to do what they were meant to do, take pictures. And following on from that here's a couple of articles I really enjoyed reading in the past few days.
Both written by photographers about photography and examples of what can be produced when writing about photographic gear is put in the right context.
Now I'm not so naive as to believe the photographic internet is about anything other than gear comparison, but these (unfortunately the exception rather than the rule) writers show what this is all about. Something that seems to elude the bulk of the rest of the tabloid influenced photographic journalists, who seem more concerned with getting their hands on the latest gear, over hyping or over criticising it and moving on to the next over rated polycarbonate 'marvel'. Wouldn't it be nice if we could get this standard of writing everywhere on the photographic internet? But then the words land, cloud and cuckoo spring to mind!