Objects of Beauty, 7.
Saddleback Leather Satchel, Hasselblad 500 C/M
This satchel is made by Saddleback Leather (they call it a briefcase, but I so seldom carry briefs in it…). The leather is so thick it weighs almost 7lbs empty. I rarely use it for my international travel but for weekend trips and day-to-day use, this bags carried my laptop, notebooks, assorted cameras, pens, phones, headphones, water bottle and snacks, for about 5 years. I have a couple things made by Saddleback Leather, all of them stunning, not because they are perfect, but because of the imperfections themselves. The craftsmanship is flawless, but the leather comes with the character of the beast from which it was made, and it only gets better with age. I carry this bag almost everywhere, it takes my laptop and headphones to the every coffee shop in which I write my books and blog.
The Hasselblad is just what Hasselblad has always been – a beautiful, well-made camera that forces me to take my time, consider the image, and embrace a medium that I love precisely for the imperfections and unpredictability that film offers me. Beauty, I’m finding more and more lies in the imperfections. I bought the Hasselblad used from David Odess, a man who was once a factory technician for Hasselblad and now restores and sells them himself. There are few things as satisfying to my ear as the ca-thunk of the Hassie’s shutter and the slight resistance the winder offers my hand in advancing the film.
The point of these images isn’t to sell anything but if you’re tempted, you can find Saddleback Leather online HERE (they make beautiful Moleskine and Passport covers, too) and David Odess HERE.
Beautiful Objects, 6
Glasses, Oaxaca, Mexico. Port Charlotte, PC7 Single Malt Whisky. The Scotch whisky is a beautiful thing all it’s own. It’s from Islay, the only island from which I’ll drink, or at least enjoy, the whisky. I like it peaty. If it doesn’t taste like someone threw a little dirt into my class, I don’t want […]
Fog. Hurley River Rd towards Gold Bridge, BC. I spent the last 3 days almost completely unplugged. We left early Wednesday morning and drove towards Whistler, then took a random forest service road to see where it would take us. It took us, it turns out, 8 miles up and then put us into 3 […]
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, […]
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 […]