End of 2013

Hi, as always it's been a long time since I've written anything. The summer really did pass by quickly, as did autumn. I've been a bit confused on the whole "digital or analog"-thingy. I've shot with the Ricoh GR vs. GR1v/s and the Leica M8 vs. M7 among a lot of other cameras during this time.

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR1s

I don't really favour one over the other. They are both good ways of capturing photos. One is digital and the other is analog. The M8 felt very close to the analog feeling. Everything was the same as my M7 except the film was replaced with a digital sensor, which gave me variable ISO. They're just different ways of doing it. Some people play the electric guitar and some play the acoustic one. I still love the analog style and the feeling it gives me, so thats why I prefer analog.

Leica M8

Leica M7

I also thought about how a digital camera would effect my analog photography. Would I shoot less on film? That would mean digital prints instead of darkroom prints, more mouse clicks than crafting.. What is my style? What is photography to me? Is it digital or analog or is it more about the photograph? Why am I so stuck on gear and technology? Why can't I focus on the image, the story or the feeling the photograph creates?  All these questions went through my mind day and night, week after week. I still don't have an answer to them, but I am aware the exist..

Now the daylight here in Sweden only lasts for about 4-5 hours. I work about 5-6 days a week, 8-9 hours a day. When I wake up the sun hasn't come up yet, and when I get off work the sun has already set. This is usually the time for me to go street shooting. But when it's dark I feel more tired and less motivated.

Winter is often dark and depressing for me. My motivation, inspiration and creativity decreases and I often find my self struggling or having doubts about my photography. During the evenings I tend to "youtube" a lot in search for stimulation and inspiration. Tonight I came across Zack Arias talk about being honest. He talked about everything I felt and thought about, except one important thing. To just keep on going. Down below is the whole video on his topic "Be honest" and the second video is his own video about his and everyone else's struggles. 


A while a go I came across another one of his genius works. Also very true and inspiring video. It is hard to let go of everything. Everything about gear, technology and perfection and just do what you love - Go out and shoot. You don't need a fancy camera to make good photographs your just need your mind to be in the moment and feel free. Free your mind and be present. Don't let others judge you, don't judge yourself too much. Be yourself and don't compare yourself to others. You are unique and not like anyone else..

© 2013 Photography by Joel Foo