Objects of Beauty, 5.
Nikon D3s, Zeiss 50/1.4. Gitzo Ocean Traveler tripod.
Heading off this morning with Emily (my Jeep) and my buddy Corwin for 3 days of adventure, working our way around some logging roads and offroad trails, basically looking to get into trouble, find something scenic to photograph, and unplug from the matrix. In the back, somewhere, will be a scarred Gitzo tripod and a banged-up Nikon D3s.
I love my cameras, but that love has little to do with the brand or the buttons and dials. It’s got to do with the feel of it in my hands and the memories of holding cameras around the world since I was young. I love the heft of a good camera, and appreciate great design, and the sound of a shutter. I love my tripods, this one especially, because the machining is so nice, and the carbon fibre just looks better each time it earns a battle scar from rocks or cobblestones. But more than that, it has to with making beauty, knowing that what comes from the collaboration with these tools is an expression of my soul and a reflection of the people and places that have been the point of so many journeys. I guess that’s why I’m so apathetic about the endless gear debates. Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Hasselblad, Voigtlander, Leica – all of them have been my traveling companions; we’ve been places together and in making beautiful things they too become beautiful.
Objects of Beauty, 4.
This is a rungu, an African war club, traditionally made of olive or acacia wood. It was given me by my village, Ongeli, in northern Kenya, but to get the full meaning of it, and therefore it’s full beauty, I need to tell the story. I was in northern Kenya on assignment for the BOMA […]
Objects of Beauty, 3
Rimowa Topas Series, Aluminum German-made Rimowa suitcases are simply beautiful, particularly the aluminum Topas series, which has been in production since the 1950′s. Classic styling that is reminiscent of a more romantic age of travel, is perfectly matched by excellent craftsmanship and lightweight materials. I have two of these, one a larger suitcase and one, […]
Objects of Beauty, 2.
8 years of Moleskine Notebooks. Ruled. The Moleskine-style journal has been used by writers and thinkers and creative-types for a couple hundred years, and while the Italian company from which it now gets it’s popular name is relatively new, notebooks like this have been around for ages, and used by artists like Wilde, Hemingway, Van […]
Objects of Beauty, 1.
Blundstone 063 boots, Sandstorm Safari Duffle This is the beginning of a new project for me. A friend once commented that we (I think he meant me) mark our lives by the things we acquire. I think that’s less true than that we have an interesting relationship to those things. They help tell our story. […]