A month or so ago, the lovely Ed Brydon reached out to organize an old-school photo walk. He and his growing family are moving out of the borough and he wanted to get together for one last hurrah to get out and explore the streets. Of course I was game – I love photo walks!! Such a good excuse for drinks and fun times geeking out over cameras. Destination: Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.
Of course when the time came, I agonized a bit over which camera to bring. Part of the problem with a growing camera collection is that it’s just so hard to choose sometimes – especially when most of your options weigh a ton of bricks. It’s like picking your favorite child to go on a walk with, knowing that you’re probably going to end up carrying her the whole way and need to go through traction when it’s over. There’s a reason I shoot so much with my stupid iPhone.
I ended up selecting my first true love: my Mamiya C330f TLR. She was the first medium format camera I ever had the fortune to play with, and it’s been so long since I took her out for a spin. She’s getting a little rough around the edges – the Mamiya faceplate at the bottom has fallen off, the metal crank catch is nowhere to be found, and she looks a bit worse for the wear. But oh, it felt right.
Ed, Barry and I met up in Fort Greene at the Habana Outpost with Ed’s beautiful wife and son — all TLRs in tow for the walk. It was so good to catch up and talk about what everyone’s been working on lately (or not working on, in my case). Of course the moment we finished up our Sixpoints and decided to head out on our walk, the skies let loose and it started raining like crazy. We quickly decided to duck into a coffee shop and chat some more while it let up. Photo walks are unpredictable! Side note: I’ve never noticed the “Brooklyn Love Building” sign across from the Outpost. :D
One of the things that was great to hear about was Ed’s experience in an artist mentorship relationship. He’s been meeting regularly for what sounds like really gratifying photography therapy as a way to keep himself focused and accountable for the work he’s been creating about a friend of his with Multiple Sclerosis. (Please: do yourself a favor and check it out.)
This kind of a relationship really resonated with me because I really haven’t been taking much time to be productive or focused with my creative work lately. My consulting work has been so all-consuming that the personal creative void it’s caused is evident. I do make time for creativity at work within the context of my career, but it’s not quite the same. I feel like this type of a relationship focused on personal creative growth would be a big addition to my life — it would likely be a more positive force when it’s easy to fall back on cynicism or negativity when I’m not productive. And we could all benefit from an editor, right?
Anyway, I’m going to try and take this one step at a time to get back into the swing of things. I really need to get back into the habit of organizing photo walks. And shoot with this beautiful Mamiya more.