Current Location: Midland, Michigan, USA / 43°37′25.0″N 84°13′45.7″W
There was a time in my life when I'd spend my days worrying about the future, literally crippling my ability to focus, to shoot, to capture the world in its beauty. I would spend hours trying to find that magical answer to questions that really had no significant purpose, except for the obvious: love, finances, and family. I tried planning every step I took, mapped out my entire life and even carefully transcribed my directions on paper.
In retrospect, I wish I hadn't spent all that time contemplating on what I was going to do. Sitting here, I realize that some of my biggest-life changing decisions were made out of sheer spontaneity, defeating any purpose for spending countless hours of self inflicted mind-bending-psychological torture. Time and time again, I chose the road less travelled. And time and time again, my life has been rewarded.
I spent a few hours today organizing my camera equipment for my next assignments. And as I went thru all the wires, lights, and lenses, I realized that essentially, I was packing my life, putting it all into small cases, taking only what I needed most. One by one I began to eliminate items from my list. Luxury items like remote controls and advanced motorized heads quickly diminished from my arsenal. By the time I was done, my camera was stripped to its bare bones: body, lens, light, microphone, tripod. A simple unit used to capture the complexity of our world.
Metaphorically, I tend to evolve my life around my chosen profession. Essentially, it is my life. Believe it or not, my life consists of very few prized possessions. Like my camera, my modestly large apartment sits empty, bare to the walls. A bed is the only furniture I have. One fork, one knife, one spoon, and one plate is everything I use. Surely, I can afford a lot more, but I like it that way. I like not having to worry about cleaning up. I like knowing that everything I own is working, everything is there where I left it. And just like the art of grabbing a shot, I like being spontaneous--the freedom to leave when I want to, the flexibility to have no destinations, no regrets, no remorse. Just me and my lens, me and myself.
Selfish, I know. But it's the easiest way for one like me to understand and come to terms with a world of uncertainty. The less I have, the least I worry. The fewer toys I bring, the better my images become. A simple formula.