In recent years, I have been very aware that I had if only minor a dose of Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS). Even two years ago I was looking back at the amount of gear I used to have and asked .. what was I thinking? why did I do that? did I even need all that stuff? And again today I have even less gear again than I did two years ago. I will go further and tell you that as of this week, I own one 3 year old DSLR with three lenses, One point and shoot and two old 35mm film SLRs. I don't even own a camera with fast autofocus.
Now let me put that into perspective. 6 years ago I had and used a full Nikon DSLR set up with D800 as my main body and a D700 back up with a full set of pro glass and lights and so on. I carried two camera bags and a Peli case around for jobs. I needed an SUV to truck it all around. However, today with just the small set of stuff I listed above, my Photographs are better than they have ever been. Becasue I have grown and that it the key to emergance.
OK, so this is no revelation but I needed to shout out that am cured! I feel great about it. Life circumstances played a role as I did need to sell some kit so it wasn't all voluntary but to be fair I wasn't using the kit, I did had too much. I have now changed the way I think about Photographs and how I make them. For example, I take many less frames. I find myself looking through the viewfinder and not hitting the shutter. I shoot film a lot more, develop at home and scan. I feel after all these years that I am finally crafting my photographs and not just taking pictures. I no longer pixel peep, what a waste of time that was! and I have started to really think about the image and its content because artistic value trumps pretty resolution every time.
So .. from this day forward my gallery will change. I will leave some older works here of course because many have history and have been successful in their day. I will be true to what I love and my eye rather than shoot what I think the world would like to see. I wont compete anymore, I will do what I is feel is art. Im moving away from the boring picture post card scenery, blue and green, land and sky and will shoot and publish more black and white which is really where my heart is.
I have run the course, and seen the light. Its time to show MY photography, MY art. If you like it great, if not, there is plenty of boring saturated post card images out there.
Here's to the future.