What are your photographic goals for 2018?
Last year was busy and long on many counts. It was a year of learning. Most would argue this – every year or in fact every day we learn something new. Yes. Mostly. But some lessons ground and polarise you. Some leave an indelible mark and change your pathway. 2017 was one of those years of relearning myself. Of knowing to see beyond my horizon.
Earlier in the year, I was in Vietnam for an epic photography course with Eric, Neil, Cindy and Hà. It was very nice to meet old friends and make new ones. I finally got to meet Cindy and Neil both of whom I have known for a bit. Revisiting Hanoi after eleven years brought back many good memories – I wrote about it here. The photographic journey was insanely rewarding. I collected more friendships with like-minded people. Eric definitely has a way of attracting good people together.
Taipei was the next leg of my journey. Spending time with Wei and seeing his city through the locals viewpoint was priceless. I was also very fortunate to have Lucas to hang out with me for the next few days and finally to meet Haute, KC, Ed, Chung. In hindsight, wish I had kept more time aside for Taipei. It’s a magical city and I can’t wait to revisit one day soon.
How photography gear changed me in 2017
But in the end, I had to let it go for two compelling reasons. It was a little small for my hand and the centre of gravity of this camera is lopsided! I made lots of tilted horizons unless constantly aware. We said our goodbyes in a mall by the tall Christmas tree.
In the last quarter of 2017, I befriended Satan himself. I was about to commit a cardinal sin. I thought about it lots and then finally one day when the stars aligned I came home with a beautiful black Leica Q. Happy little mudlark. My good friend Andrew had a smidge influence but it would be fair to say I’ve desired one for a while for its sheer engineering finesse and the way it captures light. It was a brand new honeymoon with a whole new body!
Most purists shudder at the thought of changing gear. It is not my intention to challenge their views. Change in my view is a good thing. Curiosity is ingenuity. Till you find your sweet spot with a camera or a lens. Everyone’s process of finding their photographic path is unique. Some need change(of gear), some don’t. We are all different even though we are similar.
in 2017 I went from using the Ricoh GR-II back to Fujifilm X-Pro2. it was a strong second honeymoon with my Fujifilm X-Pro2. Then came the skittish lover Fujifilm X100F. We had some great moments together.
What’s in store for 2018?
Street portraits, capturing the emotion and the occasional travel photos. More writing for my blog. The truth about the world around me. These are general guidelines but once unpacked there is a lot in there. I hope you enjoy it. What is your focus this year photographically speaking?