I photograph what calls to me, almost without question – with a mix of conscious and subconscious. I feel if I ever shoot with an eye towards what the audience would like, then I’m just pandering to external taste before I’ve even framed something in camera.
My time behind a viewfinder goes back to grade school, shooting 35mm film on a Canon FTb that I still use. It took me getting into digital and ramping up heavily on the gear that I used to make me look back to film again. I had never shot medium format before that, and then I bought a 6×6 folding camera that was 60 years old. Since then, I’ve been shooting film whenever I can on different formats. Every roll is a strip of surprises in color or black and white, and another chance to keeping learning from what I capture one frame at a time.
The analog interest that goes back even further than photography is origami; I’ve been folding for over 30 years. The models I make provide subjects for me to shoot, and give me an excuse to try out a new-to-me body, lens, or whatever other camera gear I find.
Photo courtesy Erwin of the now-defunct Camera Co-Op. I had brought in an Epson RD-1 to show him, and he took this shot of me on the way out.