When inquisitors approach me with questions about photography I'm always happy to answer their questions. But more often then not I will answer "it's not about the gear".
It's not about the gear. It's so much More then the gear. I have this image that to this day when I look at it reminds me of this statement. I took the image while living in New Mexico, attending UNM. The concept of the image was to go outside of the bounds of camera equipment. We spent the days using cameras made from paint cans and Holga cameras. ( Holga cameras are actually Japanese toy plastic cameras that actually shoot film but have light leaks in the body that create beautiful eerie images). If you've never used one before and are interested in Photography do yourself a favor and spend the $20 to get a Holga and $20 for b&w 120 film and start here.
The reason I beg you to do this is so you will learn the simplest lesson about photography. And that is "it's not about the gear". It doesn't matter what camera you have the brand the lens when you are wanting to truly learn about the art of images. The art is seeing, looking and connecting to a aspect a visual glimpse, and teaching your mind to relay to your eye to capture it and compose it.
My Holga images that I took that day in New Mexico I developed the film by hand. I scanned the large digital 120 film formats on my Epson scanner and printed 11x16 prints. And the one print that captures my mind everytime I look at it isn't in crisp focus, it's not accurately exposed (it's actually double exposed due to the nature of the Holga). This image is far from perfect. But to me a Photographer who practices the art of Photography it's perfect. It's beyond perfect it's F'ing ART!! And I love it's shortcomings because it taught me to look deeper.
So ask me anything you want about Photography, but if you really want to know about cameras and ask me what type to get I will suggest a Holga!
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My name is Kimberly Pimentel and I am a Kansas City Photographer.
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