What a long strange trip it’s been. That 35mm FOV took hold of me sooo long ago, I can’t remember not seeing that way. Of course I can use any camera and lens combo and find my photos but there’s something about 35mm that locks in my Eye, Heart and Mind. My intent shines clear to these weary old eyes. I am at one with everything and everyplace, even Tanya. Imagine that!
So the neighbor cop gave me the 23mm in trade for peace of mind for him with his wife. She knows I was a contractor for decades and always maintained an artistic esthetic about my work. So she will let him redo the kitchen knowing that I have his back.
I gotta say, the XP1 with the 23mm is ideal for me. There exist in my mind and heart a memory of days gone past of using my beloved M4 and other M’s but the M4 was it. I had many lenses and I used them all for different things but when it came to the street, my work, my very existence, I used the 35mm Cron and had the 35mm Lux incase I needed an extra stop.
I would set hyperfocal or a zone that I wanted and just walk and tune into the sounds and movements of the street. If something called out to me, I raised the camera, looked thru the finder, framed and……Click. Things are now starting to work in a similar way with some updates. The XP1 works in a way that brings me back to the M4. With the 23mm, I am now connecting to my Eye, Heart and Mind to fulfill my Intent.
A camera needs to allow you to work in a manner that brings the Subject, the Camera, You and the Viewer into the same reality. That reality is the Print or image. One part of the equation that fails and everything tumbles down to failure. It ain’t a pretty picture.
I’m excited. I’m learning to SEE again with my trusty friend, Andre’. Between you and me, I would really like to just use Andre’ and the 23mm for a long, well, maybe even forever. I’ll give it a long run and just try to learn how the camera sees with me looking thru the finder. Isn’t it crazy, a 64 year old shooter re-falling in love with the camera and process all over again. Eh, I don’t care and I’m going to do what must be done. I have to find the photos waiting for me because no one else can find them because they are on their own journey.