I went through a point earlier in the year where my photography was becoming a bit of drag. I was working, but I wasn't really feeling it and was finding myself less and less excited by the prospect of picking up my camera for personal stuff. With a trip to Poland coming up I faced a dilemma. Normally travelling with my camera is one of my passions and it concerned me that I had little interest, and even considered not taking a camera at all. I admit that it was certainly a low point in my photographic life. I had a few ideas in my head, but was not sure about them. So I sat down and thought about what was putting me off and influencing my decision. I came to conclusion that one of my major issues was "chimping" (reviewing images on the back of the screen). Now I will point out that I am in now ways an excessive chimper, but I realised that recently, every time I was shooting personal projects I would review the images, not like them and get a bit deflated. I decided to remove that obstacle.
I started looking into using film. I had a couple of different projects in mind and managed to borrow a Medium format camera and a Leica M4. I stocked up on some film and off I went.
The resulting trip was excellent and I have not had so much fun with my photography in a good few years. It was all so stripped back to basics. Neither camera had a meter, so I was using a hand held meter which definitely slowed me down and made me think about exposure. The cost of film prevented me from just rattling off shots, so I stopped to think about composition. Even my street photography was more thought out as I didn't want to waste a single frame if I could help it. I loved it.
To be honest I was not too concerned about the results. I had such a good time and it served to reignite my passion. Luckily though I brought back some good stuff. Some of which can be seen in my upcoming book "Anywhere But Home"
The following set of image were shot on the Leica, I had never used a range finder before, but I had great fun. It is important sometimes to just do something out of the ordinary, it helps to keep things fresh and stop you from stagnating.
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