I find myself ... enthused. No. Maybe RE-ENTHUSED. Allow me to explain.
I have many things that interest me. Like pain, interest in these various things comes in waves. (Most of the time, the waves come pretty much one at a time)(Most of the time) Like an orgasm. Interest in one thing peaks, and fades, and the next one comes rolling in (no pun intended). Of course, there is a limit to the number of different interests, so they recycle. Take turns, sort of. And so, an old interest - a life long interest - has returned to prominence in my heart and mind.
Last Saturday, I went to the exhibition of Vivian Maier Photographs at the Chicago Cultural Center. I was impressed. I was stunned. I was mobilized.
I realized that the 8x8 format of the prints I was looking at, in black and white, spoke to me. I realized that the large format negatives which gave birth to those prints "fit my eye". I knew, and know, that I MUST do some work in this format to 'experiment' - to see if this really is the format that would work best for me. I feel driven, and I just HAVE to know.
To that end, I have rescued an old Kiev 6C from the basement. The Kiev looks like an oversize SLR - a roll film camera (120 film) that will give me the larger negatives and the square format I'm looking for.
The camera has a waist level view finder - similar to the type of view finder Vivian had on her Rollei TLR. Just a single lens - what I see will be what the 'taking' lens will see - so I don't need to concern myself with parallax.
The camera is unmetered. So I have to either hand meter or guess, based on experience, what the exposure should be. I DO have some old GE light meters I haven't used in years - but they still work.
There is no autofocus. I have to use the viewfinder. I have to use the focus scale on the lens - something missing on almost every digital camera I've seen. I have to use what I know.
I guess this is going to be a test. Of me and my skill - my 'eye', if you will. I have learned a lot about photography in the last 4 years or so - since I've had my Canon 30D. It's time to see if I've REALLY learned.
As my friend Fred would say, "Stay Tuned".