But for some reason I never had that big interest on tools and digital technology. Of course I had to search and purchase different equipment every time I decided to explore a new field. But unless I really needed, I never spend time reading reviews, releases or informing myself about new cameras and lenses technologies.
Yet, I feel I have too many stuff when I look at my 5 cameras although it is not considered many for a lot dedicated photographers. Even worst when I look at my lenses although I only posses one or two lenses for each camera. I am not even considering my four pinhole cameras and studio tools, nor my darkroom equipment. I look around me right now and I feel I have too many things to care and carry with me.
I like to be movable. Carry what I need in a bag with no much weight or worries about space. Not only because I like travel and even spend the entire day walking or cycling, stopping in some spots to do my photographs, but also because I don't have a place of my own, where I can leave my things forever.
It would be simpler if I just photographed digital. But I have no fun with digital, it's boring (for me) compered to the workflow of photographing, developing and printing of film negative.
It also would be simpler if I just photographed with 35mm film camera, but once we step on larger formats we become addicted to them.
Thanks to my experiment with pinhole cameras that I took to explore a more rustic quality of photographs as concept, I believe I found a solution for my taste and needs. That would be putting all my cameras and lenses aside and get only 2 pinholes cameras instead.
Pinhole cameras because they are lensless, because they are not more than empty light tight boxes with a pinhole in the front and a negative in the back. Because they ate light, cheap and whatever weather prof. When I look to my pinhole cameras and stop to think about it they appear to be the best camera ever for my needs, which are landscapes, cityscapes and portraits.
The two pinhole cameras include one panoramic middle format 6x17, with curved plan to reach the entire film with light on the same proportion and two pins for image distortion correction when tilt the camera. And a wide 4x5in large format camera.
This is what I'm towards to see how much less stuff and "movability" I can get, doing photography at its purest. Not only to reduce stuff of courser, but also because I am in love with the soft images and "rustic" workflow of pinholes.