Who doesn’t love “What’s in My Camera Bag?” posts? This one shows what I plan to take on vacation with me at the end of the month, when my family and I will be traveling by cruise ship from Oahu to Maui, then to Hawaii (Big Island), and finally to Vancouver, BC. I’ve never taken a cruise, so I am excited for the experience.
As for the gear, I will be taking memory enough for 2500 pictures (I doubt that I will shoot anywhere near that), two camera bodies with older manual focus lenses attached (a wide and a short telephoto on DX), ND filters (I seldom use these, but have some ideas in mind), a passport (for Canada), and more.
I decided upon the two bodies with primes because of the improved shooting experience. I’ve been using this set-up for a while, and it really gets me connected to the shot. I had considered my f/2.8 zooms, but they are heavy and are not nearly as much fun to shoot.
The F-Stop Millar Series Bandon bag that I am using is configured for speed with the two bodies; I grab the camera/lens combo that I want, nail down the shot, and then it goes back in the bag super fast. The Millar line is designed with this versatility in mind, but is styled to look good at the same time (leather accents, etc.). In fact, I own the Smoky Mountain backpack from this series as well! If you are looking for a practical (and attractive) camera messenger bag, I highly recommend the Bandon.
Come visit with members of Photo Flood Saint Louis on Friday, April 10th, during the opening for a PFSTL themed exhibition curated by Andrea and Sarah-Marie Land, whose statement is below.
“The Exhibition explores a variety of photographic perspectives and enigmatic experiences in direct relation to specific spaces in St. Louis. Investigating the color photographs, the audience is presented with a dynamic collection of environmental landscapes ranging from downtown architectural structures to aerial perspectives of Lafayette Square gardens to a community swimming pool at Fairground Park. Working on both an individual and collaborative basis within the context of the group, the community of Photo Flood photographers strives to create a connection between other photographers, as well as presenting work to a diverse and widespread audience. Following, on a monthly basis, the assemblage of artists dedicates several hours to visually investigating a distinctive neighborhood in St. Louis. The images in the exhibition span the duration of several years and suggest a distinctive acquaintance with the city. Interacting with the work, new experiences arise with familiar spaces and structures as the photographers experiment with such elements as angle, proximity, and saturation.”
Exhibiting Artists: Jason Gray, Steven Ley, Theresa Harter, Chris Naffziger, Patrick Gioia, Yeni Kulka, Ann Aurbach, Amanda Joern, Anne Warfield, Scott Jackson, James Palmour, Dawn McCausland-Mills, Kait Mauro, Dan Henrichs, Diane Cannon Piwowarczyk
Here are all of my Springfield posts collected in one place. I will update this soon with an artist statement and more.
Shot for project series:
1. Group 1
2. Group 2
3. Group 3
4. Group 4
5. Group 5
1. Land of Lincoln
Springfield, Illinois has been an intriguing foil to my ongoing photographic work in St. Louis. The landscape in central Illinois is incredibly flat, which lends to spectacular sunsets and leads to odd conversations with anything vertical that man builds upon in. I’ll have a full artist’s statement coming soon.
Over the Christmas holiday, my family and I visited my mother-in-law in Springfield, Illinois. This state capital never ceases to disappointment me visually, as for whatever reason, I am extremely attracted to the landscape of this area. The architecture here is a mixture of early 20th century grandiosity (and eventual decay), suburban sprawl, and rural utilitarianism. I find this conjunction of forms fascinating, and I have slowly been building up a body of work on this place. Earlier visits can be found here.
A friend who writes about architecture for St. Louis Magazine invited me along on a tour of the historic St. Louis Metropolitan Police Headquarters, which was abandoned for a newer facility earlier this year. I will skip including information on the history of the building, and instead refer you to Chris’ article here, which includes many of my images. In this post, I will include my favorite photographs from the visit to the building where three generations of my family have served as policemen.