Step 1: Admission

26 thoughts on “Step 1: Admission”

  1. I feel your pain Josh. I try not to talk about gear on my blog if I possibly can, for the simple reason that if I did I probably wouldn’t stop. The problem is that there are far too many cameras out there and only one you, at the end of the day you can only hold one camera at a time.

    My problem is that the camera I want doesn’t exist, it is an itch I cannot scratch, so how do I get around that problem is the question I often ask myself.

    1. Yeah, I suppose this is the type of thing where I’m much, much better than I used to be. It used to be trying to get the latest and greatest. Now, it is just more about being bored. Honestly, this is something that probably should have been said by myself years ago when it was quite a serious problem. Now, for me, it is more about what it does to my photography, as I can’t see the cohesion between my photos that I wish I had.

      1. We all suffer with G.A.S to some degree, it is just that some choose not to admit it I guess.Cohesion is the key though as you say, to have a narrative across your images, maybe sticking to one lens and then switching bodies to feed our addiction might be the answer, ha.

        Really like the smoking girl shot by the way, a real FILM-NOIR look to it.

  2. Congratulations on taking the first step JT. Just know that we are all here for you should you start sensing a relapse! If you wanna really hurt, make that camera your smartphone! 😉 Keep up the fantastic blog and good luck!

    1. haha, honestly the first real step was made a long time ago but it is something I still struggle with of course. As I said in reply to Steve above, now it just drives me nuts that my photos don’t feel like they have a consistent look. Probably why I deleted most of them a couple of years ago. But even since then, while better, they aren’t something yet I’m “proud” of.

  3. Hi Josh,
    Thanks a lot for your true words which hit directly my addicted camera heart. Actually I try to make a living without GAS and work only with two Fuji 690 (65mm & 90mm) as well as with my Nikon D3. It is hard…
    In the past four or five years I bought and sold so much cameras that I’m now at the stage were I almost owned all medium format cameras which I could afford. Over the years I realized that weight matters. That is why I choosed the two Fuji 690 cameras. Anything else is nice but it does not bother me to much. In othere words gear is not sexy enough anymore. Some cameras (Pentacon six and Kiev 60) I bought five times to realize that they do NOT suit my style. But I loved them for their design. Love your blog and the images you take. No matter which camera you use you got your style! Keep up with your blog and looking forward to tomorrow’s message.

  4. Josh – I’ve been following you now for over 3 years since we met at Eric’s workshop in Toronto. I have to disagree. Your work definitely has a consistency to it – and it has spanned over several cameras. It is a consistency I strive for and cannot achieve (I think due to lack of discipline mostly). When I see a thumbnail on either my phone or laptop, I immediately can recognize if it is yours without even opening. Maybe it’s the camera, maybe it’s the post-processing – or likely a combination of both driven by your clear vision and discipline. You’re being too hard on yourself. Keep up the great work!


  5. Totally agree with you there Jeff now that I think about it, if there is one thing Josh’s images are it is consistent. They stand out instantly above anything else on WordPress I know of. Like they say it is the photographer not the camera, a good photographer could make consistent and interesting images out of a baked-bean can and a roll of film if nothing else was to hand.

    1. Thanks Steve 😉 as much as I enjoy baked beans, I might have a hard time with that though lol. I don’t know why but that reminded me instantly of a Top gear challenge ha.

    2. There are a whole lot of great photographers out there (on WordPress too), but aren’t often noticed by other photographers because we look through our own narrow mind set. That is gear interest especially. From a more personal and photographic point of view I have been photographing with (mostly) one camera and fixed prime lens for over two years and feel absolutely no need to change that. And while sure the choice of the camera matters to me, I really don’t care if others know what I’m using or not. Just focusing on photography from a non-technique point of view can be very liberating and can really help you becoming a better photographer and a more open-minded person.

      1. Yeah, I completely agree. The only thing I struggle with now is film vs. digital. I love film, but it is hard to pay for nowadays. Aside from that, I don’t really care a whole lot anymore what I use aside from trying to keep things together.

  6. In this ‘world as one’, commercialized, capitalized modern world, we just have to roll with it. As long as we’re clear which of our camera is for work, project, job. There’s the real trouble when we can’t pick one when head out on any given day. 🙂

  7. i just made a friend of mine, who is also addicted to cameras, read this and he felt like you were stealing the words from his mouth. Long story short, this was thoughtful and good job.

    1. haha, I hope it helped them and I appreciate the shout out. I just finished step 2, if your friend needs a new injection of help haha. Tell him to contact me if he needs help 😛

  8. Thinking that getting a new “better” camera could make my pictures even better has screwed up my direction, look, signature in photography more than once. Be it shooting film, a better/crappier digital camera. I could never find that “look” in the newer camera. It has happened so much in the development in the camera industry since I started “for real” photographing in 2004. I have been more a camera tester than an artist. Yes, I am an addict – and I love it.

  9. I can relate, but I do discriminate. I don’t care about digital cameras. Honestly, digital cameras are just things for me, like a toaster or a microwave oven. I only buy one when the old one doesn’t work anymore, and I don’t want to spend too much money on them.

    Analog cameras: different story. Something about the design, the sound of the click, the history of the camera – it used to be enough to hit the “buy now” button on eBay. Even if I knew it wasn’t the right camera for my style or eyesight (looking at you, Olympus XA).

    Unfortunately (or maybe not), I’ve come to the point I really cannot afford shooting film anymore. So I recently sold all my analog stuff. Except for my two favorite manual lenses (Helios and Zuiko), as I still use them on my very unpretentious, mirrorless cameras. The first step on my road to recovery.

    Now, I only need to control to urge to buy a new bag-that-doesn’t-look-like-a-camerabag every year.

    1. Yes, I know what you mean. I kept a Fujifilm Xpro1 just for that reason. I shoot the old manual lenses on it. Wrote about it in Step 2 just now. I agree with your take on analogue cameras and feel somewhat the same about my old one. Will be around until it is completely done.

      Camerabags, haha. I don’t really use them if I’m honest. I get them as gifts a lot, haha, and usually just rip out the padding and stick it in whatever bag I’m using at the moment.

  10. A noble addiction in my eyes, and I hold great feelings for my Mark III as we’ve has experienced some great moments together. I am intrigued by the mirrorless, and one day will make the move – all while remembering my past tools of happiness.

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