From the picture you’d think I’d be dealing with the loss of my youth or dignity or my svelte self (bad angles here!)
But really I’m dealing with the loss of equipment. The equipment I’m holding that was in the yellow waterproof case peeking out at the bottom of the picture. My daughter Hannah took this picture of me — I hate pictures of myself, but it’s the only one of me with my trusty, wonderful Fuji S2Pro and Nikon 28-105 lens.
What? Did it drop in the river? No. It but it is gone, apparently snatched from my house when I was away at an art fair. Nothing else seems to be missing except the equipment in that yellow case, which I think was on my dining room table, in full view of the front windows of our house.
It wasn’t my best camera — in fact it’s a back up that I don’t use that often but I do love it. I have three 35 mm film cameras, 2 medium format film cameras, a dozen or more Polaroid cameras, and a film APS camera thats just for fun, a Canon digicam that fits in my pocket and a couple of digital SLRs. Each has lenses and filters and flash units and gadgets galore.
Apparently, I’m more attached to my equipment that I thought. One of my film cameras is one of my first — a 35mm Canon Ftb. It’s a work horse, worth about $5 now, but it’s not going anywhere! I started to learn my craft on that camera! (I probably COULD drop that one in the river and shoot with it later!)
Lots of people — amateurs photographers and students, mostly — want to know what equipment that pros use, hoping to duplicate results if they just had the right equipment.
I always say that it’s the eye and vision of the artist — not the equipment – that makes a difference.
Apparently the equipment matters too.