small meaningful things

poisoned by self / compact cameras / effort of writing notes

Really enjoyed watching this youtube interview with Reuben Radding, a street photographer. Usually interviews with photographers are about photography and cameras (duh) but Reuben talks about using photography as an escape from his obsessive thinking:

“I’m obsessed with death that this is going to end and I don’t know how much time I have. When you spend this kind of time alone up in your head not talking to anybody and just like looking at everything it’s really hard not to go there. It was a period of about three minutes just now in Herald Square where all of that went away.”

…and his self:

“I am poisoned by self: by self-consciousness, by self-criticism, by some inner grandiosities like all this ego related stuff I need an escape valve from. You know you can do it all kinds of ways or try to do it all kinds of ways but this is the greatest way I’ve ever found”

I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who describes the way he’s being trapped by the concept of self as being poisoned – I can very much relate to.

I also like that he shoots from his hip, makes me want to experiment with this technique some day.

I also watched another interview with Ishiuchi Miyako, because I saw someone on reddit mention that she uses a point and shoot. This reminds me of Daido Moriyama who uses a Ricoh 35mm compact camera. I wonder what is with Japanese photographers and compact cameras? Is it their cultural predisposition to being minimal?

I’m still finding my own preferred way of taking photos.

I like the idea of writing notes like this: because else I won’t remember the things I’ve learnt from my media consumption. But it takes considerable effort to write a note that captures enough. I think it is because I try to do a one-time recall days after, but maybe what I should try doing is to capture quick notes right after if something left a deep impression on me. I don’t really have the habit of note-taking yet, something I wish to actively change.