It’s been a while since I’ve been here. Too busy to take photos, so, certainly too busy to post photos.
Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I decided to clean, ha, thinking it would make me tired enough. I stumbled across a couple of rolls of film from four or five years ago that I had thought I’d lost.
My curiosity peaked I decided to scan them again. Weird thing, seeing photos I hadn’t seen in years. Considering I haven’t been taking many photos lately or even thinking about photos, it was didn’t help my sleep deprivation.
Looking at these photos really reminded me of the fun I used to have doing this. Its been a while since I went out to take photos. Honestly, I even kind of try not to do so. Try not to take “street photos.”
I always say they won’t mean anything to me later, so why do it.
Looking at some old photos kinda showed me the error of my ways. While its true, I don’t think taking photos for the sake of doing so is meaningful, I have kind of realized that even my photos of strangers are somehow just a big self portrait.
They are like the story of my life. Looking at them is sort of like taking the same walk.
For those who care, they were all taken with the GR21, t-max 400 pushed 2 stops.
When I woke up this morning (after not sleeping as much as I would have liked), I didn’t really think about these photos much anymore.
I thought the novelty had worn off.
Sorta strange thing happened then while taking the bus. I took a photo out the bus window with my phone. I took it because I remembered the photos from the night before. I thought about how I would want to remember this part of my time in Korea.
I took another then.
I was going to take more, but as usual, the night ended up like this:
So, excuse my incoherence. May have had an ale or ten.
People may or may not know, that I am a teacher. Deciding I didn’t want to pursue law in Canada, I originally came to Korea to teach and have loved every minute of it. I don’t talk about it much, but I do really have fun teaching.
As much as I hate talking about cameras, if I could only have one, it would be this one. I don’t feel that excited about taking photos anymore. In fact, I rarely even do. Just a lull, I suppose. Even in saying that, every time I pick up this camera I wanna do nothing else but take photos. People often misunderstand me that I hate cameras. I don’t hate cameras, in fact, I love this one. I rant about gear because I don’t think people need to have every camera they see. Cameras don’t matter, in that you don’t need the newest and best to take a good photo. People’s cameras are more often than not better than they are no matter what they use.
I really do love this camera, because it makes me want to take photos. Through all of the cameras I have owned, it is the only one that has remained. Broken LCD and hardly any paint left it still keeps on taking photos. It still makes me want to take photos.
This guest blog post is by JT White, a street photographer based in Seoul, Korea.
JT: I get asked a lot about film versus digital.
I use both film and digital cameras. Which, depend really depends on a lot of things. It can depend on my mood or on the lens I want to use. I don’t think I really have much of an aesthetic style as opposed to a way of shooting. I decide what camera to use depending on what I have and what my subject is going to be.