When Sweetheart and I went on weekend at the lakes of l’eau d’Heure I had a Lowepro rucksack with a few lenses, a handful Ilford HP5 film rolls, a flash, a Nikon F90x, a Nikon D300 and the Yashica Electro 35.
Yeah I know, way too much.
On our first walk we turned back after half an hour. I suffer from lower back pains and at that moment I was aware why I had switched to the micro four-thirds system. Great camera’s, incredible sharp lenses and all on our living room table gathering dust. The Olympus OM-D M-10 is a charm to use and I have some razor sharp prime lenses to pleasure the body.
Back at the car I had to make a choice. It was a simple one. I took the Nikon D300 with the all-round Nikon 24-120mm and the Yashica Electro 35 with an Agfa color film.
I could have taken the Nikon F90x too.
It is really simple and we, Sweetheart and I, had discussed this several times prior to our weekend.
Sweetheart supports my photography 100% and we share a “special” project that we are working on together.
Next to that landscape photography is a solo trip. Especially when you work with film and/or large format. You wait for the right moment and the right light. Love conquers maybe one, two maybe three “I am waiting for the light” but that is it.
Taking a film camera would have slowed us down considerably.
On the other hand I find it fascinating to take a picture and hear Sweetheart ask me what the fuck are you seeing that I am not?
Sweetheart is always swept away when she sees the result and it makes our connection even deeper. It makes her understand how my mind works. I am sure over time Sweetheart will see her surroundings in a whole different way. There is reality and there is the mind’s eye.
In an ideal world I should take time off to go out and shoot.
The time Sweetheart and I can spend together at this moment in our lives is limited though.
So it is after all a simple choice.
Being able to shoot kind of “Moon over Hernandez” or spending time with Sweetheart, I’ll gladly choose for the latter.
It gives me much more gratification.