Phil and the Lady-workhorse
Phil and “the elegant CHUNK”

Recently a friend pointed my attention to yet another one of those “what’s in my camera bag” yawners with the attached question „Hi Phil, what would yours look like?”

I reopened the bags I had just finished packing a minute ago, took the shot and sent it to him. Not knowing I was in western France on a photo trip that exact moment (he had known me hidden behind multiple layers of Photoshop screens) he replied (and the pun was well intended) “How well kept and clean it all looks. ;)”

Exactly! This is the point. What good are fancy cameras and gear in your bag, when that bag is safely stored in the cellar or under your bed? On the other hand: Who cares what camera you have in the bag – as long as it will allow you basic full manual operation – when that bag is in exactly the perfect place at the right time?

Consider these shots I took earlier this year with a cell phone known for its bad camera..

Ideally the camera is the one piece of equipment that is INVISIBLE in your pictures, right?
Ideally the camera is the one piece of equipment that is INVISIBLE in your pictures, right?

It’s true, you won’t be taking startrail pictures with an iphone but I’m less fascinated with anonymous “postcards” lately and a lot more with the colours that glow on a deeper “screen” in me.

So, if we are going to have an interesting conversation about photography (yours and mine) we will probably focus a lot less on what we put in the bag and a lot more on where you take that bag.

It is with special thanks to my friend Martin, that from the next morning on I took pictures of my camera’s viewfinder screen with the idea to propose them as a starting point for a more relevant exchange of experiences than just „What’s collecting dust in my camera bag“. “What about: “What’s in my camera FINDER” or even: „WHERE’S your camera bag at?” So stay tuned for those posts..

If you endured until here I will of course award you with the answer to the original question..  ;)

In their bunks after a day of hard work ;)
In their bunks after a day of hard work ;)