The plan for 2015

Ramen on the Street - Tokyo, Japan

Ramen on the Street – Tokyo, Japan

Well, it’s the start of a new year and a perfect time to figure out how I’m going to make the best of it.

2014 was very hectic and I feel like I was running around too much — both in travel and gear acquisitions. I hope to slow it down this year, take stock of what I have and use it effectively. I’m sure people won’t believe it but I’m buying less cameras this year. We’ll see what happens. Last year, I was only going to buy the Fuji X100S until I became a camera collector and also dove into film. And that’s the risk of collecting stuff. There are always more things that look interesting. But ultimately, the cameras are in service to my photography. I think of myself as a photographer first. I just have to keep that in mind, before I whip out the plastic.

I expect to shoot more film this year. How seriously, I don’t know. I’m going to explore its creative possibilities and enjoy the challenges that it brings. Digital is too easy to create good exposures. I’m both enjoying and getting slightly frustrated with film. I’m hoping that frustration is a good motivator.

I’m going to shoot more than ever with digital. I’m really enjoying the Pentax Q7 that I picked up in Japan, as well as the photographs I create with it. The free form, black and white images are different from my previous. I want to move beyond just good-looking technical images and capture more emotion.

I suspect there will be a dichotomy. I want to explore quickly composed, spontaneous images — eschewing perfection. On the other hand, especially with film, I’m going to slow down and compose meticulously. I’m going to be playing on both sides of the spectrum. Will that improve my photography? Who knows. But I’ll keep on shooting.

I need to better organize my blog but I don’t feel compelled to do so right now. Perhaps later. I will, however, continue with stories about photography and most assuredly about gear. I hope you find them interesting.

Finally, I need to clean up all the cruft around me. It’s easy to have the stuff accumulate without active management. And I’m not talking about cameras. They, surprisingly, don’t take up much space. It’s all the paperwork, the old clothes, the kids’ toys and the digital morass stuffed into Terabyte hard drives. I’ve got a good start over these last 2 weeks. My wife and I have clean out a closet and the storage room. I’ve deleted nearly 300GB of old files. I want to continue throughout the year, seeking out and culling clutter throughout the house.

We’re actually in decent shape. We’ve always had space to park both our cars in the 2 car garage. I just want to kick it up a notch. I want to inch towards the minimalist lifestyle I lead before I had a wife and 2 kids. Not that I would trade my life for bachelorhood — I have a wonderful family and a great life. It’s just that with 4 people you need active management to keep things in check.

Will this de-cluttering improve my photography and blog? I’m not sure. But a clear and organized head and work area can’t hurt, right? The world is noisy and complicated enough. I should do my part to simplify what I can control.

Thank you again for visiting my little corner of the internet. I hope you find it enjoyable, entertaining and even educational. Here’s to a great 2015.

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