On buying a new camera…

08/09/2007

While I’m on the subject of pretty things for a moment–and again in lieu of actual content and opinion–one of the main ways in which I’ve been distracting myself from work recently has been photography. A few months ago I bought myself a really nice point-and-shoot Leica and it completely transformed the way I thought about photography. As a result I’m now pretty much carrying a camera with me wherever I go–now a Flickr clich√©d Canon EOS 400d–and seem to spend an inordinate amount of my time calming the storm in my head by intricate fiddlings in Aperture. Brief warnings on the latter – I’ve got a 2GB RAM’d 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo MacBook Pro and it still runs like a wounded dog. But that’s another story.

Anyway, it occurred to me that other people might not have yet made the connection (as I hadn’t) between having a decent camera and taking pictures that you find exciting. It turns out that the quality of the photographer is pretty much irrelevant. You too can take fascinating pictures with an SLR and a few hours reading up on the subject on the internets. Here’s some of the stuff I’ve come up with recently. They’re not professional or anything, but they make me happy…

Clicking on all the pictures take you through to Flickr of course. What I didn’t mention through the rest of the piece is that for a while I was considering mortgaging my future to get a Leica M8 and a Noctilux lens as responsible for some quite beautiful pictures. But somehow I managed to resist. The ¬£6500 price tag may have had something to do with that. Not even I’m quite at the stage where I’m prepared to spend months in the office to fund one camera.