It’s no secret that I really enjoy taking photos of things. A passion that started many years ago when I was just a sapling of a teen – the most tanned of “The Asians” with a laughter like grated cheese being snaffled down by a lactose intolerant hippopotamus – both traits that I haven’t managed to shake, but let’s knock down those insecurities later, there’s only so much dork I can cover in words before this post gets out of hand.
Photography has always been an outlet for me – there’s something truly transformative about the art of photography.
For me it’s a creative outlet. Some choose aggravatingly symmetrical macrame, others, being an Adonis at musical instruments and others still – competitive eating. I’m white bread – I’m basic, I love taking photos of things. It’s the only hobby that’s managed to follow me through my compulsive and excessively pimply teen years and into my equally pimply societal-imposed adulthood.
In a blast of creativity, I thought I would share with y’all my favourite digital cameras through my many years of…camera-ing. Digital cameras only because it would take far too long to go through a list of my analogs. Some would definitely be defined as potato in this day in age but you have to understand folks…fifteen years is a long time and a helluva lot of photographs.
Fujifilm Something Very Discontinued (Digital) 2004-ish
One of the very first digital cameras I bought myself. This absolutely piece of junk was my pride and joy. It had flash capabilities that could blind distant humans and the low-light powers of a glow worm. Terrifyingly bad but loved with much enthusiasm. From this camera, I managed to distress many a friend with it’s strobe-quality flash – I have an entire series of photos that involve people wincing. It was truly distressing and wonderful.
Olympus EP-1 (Digital) 2007-ish
The very first micro four thirds camera on the mainstream market and I knew I had to have it. I forked out the money (well over a thousand dollars) and spent many years enjoying the company of this amazing camera (around 5 years). Around this time I also started to stop using analog as often – film developing prices started to sky-rocket. I was pretty poor. This camera turned out to be an amazing investment – it joined me on many trips overseas and has developed some of my most loved memories including documenting the early years of my relationship of my now-husbanded favourite dude, my first ever trip to Japan, upwards of five weddings and so many of my friend’s graduations.
Nikon D90 (Digital) 2011-ish
After having a taste of the big-boys of the camera world, I made the decision to move on the DSLR fam. What you’ve probably already realised about me is that I am not brand loyal. If the product works and is easy to use, I’ll be on board. What I clearly didn’t realise that the time of buying Nikon was the fierce brand loyalty that lies in the Nikon VS Canon feud. Y’all need to chill. Choose Nikon, choose Canon – choose a potato – but be happy with what you bought. You can make any brand work for you.
I spent many years toting my dear D90 around – a great investment with some choice lenses, made this a great companion. A little hefty to travel with, I did take it with me on my first trip to Taiwan. I vividly remember attempting to balance it’s weight on a precariously lodged bicycle seat on top of a small hill for a ridiculous group shot with my life-long friends. IT WAS SO HEAVY BUT THE MEMORIES WERE WORTH IT.
Fujifilm X100t (Digital) 2017 – current
This is the newest addition to my camera family and is my ultimate companion for travelling. It’s a throw-back to my analog-only and Olympus EP-1 days with it’s fixed lens and vintage look – the zoom-thing scares most camera users. NO ZOOM? R U A MONSTER? Maybe. But its fixed lens forces me get my face in the action and think about framing. It’s crazy light, compact and looks damn cute – downside is that if you’re looking for an easy pic-fix this isn’t the camera for you. It’s not “easy” to use. You must be aware of your light. Light, people, LIGHT.
I have since purchased a new DSLR as well, but it hasn’t transformed my photography, it doesn’t challenge me. The Fujifilm x100t, on the other hand, has forced me to carefully pick my shots. In a world where you can whip out your phone in a second for a selfie, this camera actively forces me to slow down. You aren’t going to catch that fleeting moment if you’re not ready, you need to slow down, think it through, take a deep breath, then press that shutter.
Now, I’ve never been the one to sit for hours to attempt to compose a photo, but with a small fleet of different cameras I’ve been given the opportunity to switch up my style. I will willingly (albeit cautiously) trek through a path littered in used needles to get a shot. I spent hours of my time I was supposed to be sitting in lectures traversing through some of the mangiest parts of my city, the dulcet vocal tubes of Shirley Manson blasting in my ears from my retro Sony headphones to take analog photos of street art.
Man, I was edgy before being edgy was a thing. Ha.
These days I use my limited but happily spread-about skills to take photos of the people around me. I love to take photos of those who I love. It’s a compulsion I can’t seem to stop. I encourage you to do the same. Take pictures of those you love, you never know what you’ll see.
BTW if you’re wondering about the origin of this blog post title, it comes from my husband, who randomly spewed this out when I was furiously Lightrooming photos. It’s an inside-joke. Don’t worry about it.