‘Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.’ - Walker Evans
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.”
— Jim Jarmusch
This is the same problem I have with digital photography. The potential is always remarkable. But the medium never settles. Each year there is a better camera to buy and new software to download. The user never has time to become comfortable with the tool. Consequently too much of the work is merely about the technology. The HDR and QTVR fads are good examples. Instead of focusing on the subject, users obsess over RAW conversion, Photoshop plug-ins, and on and on. For good work to develop the technology needs to become as stable and functional as a typewriter. - “Toy Fatigue”, Alec Soth
Sony AR7 + 1939 3.5cm ƒ3.5 Elmar lens. The adapter is a cheap & cheerful made in China one purchased from eBay. The fit was quite loose at first, but when you look under the face of the lens mount there are three tiny slits. I used a small flat head screwdriver to ease open the slits and adjust to a perfect fit.
My good friend John Sypal of Tokyo Camera Style gave me this 42mm screw thread lens in Japan last month to pass on to a student or likewise worthy individual. Alistair is actually our course administrator and has just accquired his Praktica. Unfortunately the lens it came with was quite literally falling to bits (although this state did in itself create some interesting random effects). Optically and function wise John’s old lens has provided Alistair with a significant prime lens upgrade. A big thank you from London!